Happy Monday, Qcity!
Today in History: In 2001, 343 firefighters, 12 of whom were Black, gave their lives in the line of duty during search and rescue efforts following terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City.
Today in Charlotte: Kizomba Dance Class
Today’s Hot Job: Read Charlotte is seeking a director of action research and evaluation.
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QCity Metro’s first annual Women Thrive Conference is on Oct. 7. At the conference, you’ll get to network with other women of color in business, hear panels on best business practices and more! Get signed up and buy your ticket!
CITY & COUNTY
Upcoming at City Council
Charlotte City Council will meet today to consider tacking action on a number of policy and business items.
Among those on the agenda include sidewalk improvements on Beatties Ford Road at LaSalle Street and an update on the LYNX Red Line design which could connect Uptown Charlotte to neighboring towns like Huntersville, Davidson and Moorseville.
Read on for more details. [Jalon Hill]
FROM THE EDITOR
Remembering 9/11 through a Black lens
I was in the third grade at Merry Oaks Elementary School in Charlotte on September 11, 2001.
And while our publisher Glenn Burkins believes the theory that many people’s memories of that day aren’t actual memories, mine feel too real to be told or learned.
I remember the day so vividly that I can even conjure the same emotions I had that morning.
It was a normal morning at and Mrs. McCoullough was near the front of the room, teaching something I can’t recall. The fine details of my memory kick in when another teacher burst into the room through a connecting door.
Mrs. McCoullough, who was usually pretty even-toned, became upset — visibly concerned. Their initial exchange is a little blurry in my mind, but I know that another teacher was in the background, panicking. Her daughter or son — or someone she loved — worked in a building in New York City…that a plane had crashed into.
Keep reading. [Madeline Holly-Carothers]
A night of science for grown-ups
Last month sold out, so don’t miss your chance to experience Uptown Charlotte’s coolest social event and a night of adult science fun this Friday, September 15!
Featuring live entertainment, food trucks, specialty cocktails, animal encounters, science shows and more, Science on the Rocks is the time to leave the young ones at home while the adults take over Discovery Place Science for the night.
THINGS TO DO
Afro-Caribbean dance, Chicago and Lil’ Baby this week in Charlotte
- Kizomba Dance Class: Groove to Afro-Caribbean beats and learn a new dance.
- Trivia at Rhino Market West: Test your trivia skills at this weekly event.
- Charlotte Knights: Catch a baseball game this Tuesday.
- Lil Baby: The “Freestyle” rapper continues his “Its Only Us” tour at the Spectrum Center.
- Chicago: After 25 years, “Chicago” is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy and shake.
- Paddle to Table: Enjoy a three-course adventure dining experience at the U.S. National White Water Center.
- Queen City Saves Lives: Those 21+ can enjoy live music, entertainment, food and beverages.
NEWS & BUZZ
City Council to vote on funds for market
Charlotte City Council may approve a total of $1.5 million for The West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition.
The funds will be used to support the development of Three Sisters Market, a co-op grocery store.
The Market will be located in the West Boulevard Corridor of Opportunity, located at 2901 Romare Bearden Drive.
The estimated total cost for the Market is around $10 million, with $7.5 million allocated for construction and equipment, according to Charlotte City Council.
The Market is expected to break ground in 2024 and open in 2025.
Read more. [Destiniee Jaram]
NCCU takes home Aggie-Eagle Classic win
The North Carolina Central University Eagles defeated the N.C. A&T Aggies 30-16 on Saturday.
The Aggie-Eagle Classic game returned to Greensboro after being played at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, where the Eagles took home the victory.
The game will rotate from Greensboro to Durham until it makes its return to Charlotte in 2027.
The Eagle’s record stands at 2-0, while the Aggies are still looking for their first victory of the season at 0-2.
Minority mental health matters
Many the clients at Mental Health America of the Central Carolinas (MHA of CC) are uninsured people of color. This is important as lack of representation and affordability are common barriers to people of color when it comes to finding mental health care.
That’s why MHA of CC offers mental health services for free.
During an interview with QCity Metro, mental health experts from MHA of CC shared how minorities can access mental health services despite barriers like affordability and representation.
Celebrate the founding father of Afrobeats
Set against a canvas of projected images, Fela! The Concert is driven by the electrifying rhythms of an Afrobeat band, with singers and dancers bringing to life Fela Kuti’s spirit — the founding father of Afrobeat.
➡️ Local: Fewer than 8,500 people have cast ballots during early voting ahead of Election Day for Tuesday’s primary for Charlotte City Council and mayor. That’s about 1.5% of registered voters in the city. (WFAE)
➡️ State: North Carolina legislators are considering a new law that would allow some hospitals to offer psychedelic drug therapy to patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. (Charlotte Observer)
➡️ Celebrity: Check out this collection of 911 photos taken the day of the unfortunate tragedy. (CNN)
➡️ World: Death toll tops 2,400 as first responders sort through rumble after Morocco earthquake Friday. (Associated Press)
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