Happy Friday, Qcity!
No sideline seat today because the Panthers are on a bye week. Let’s hope they come back ready to win.
Today, read about Charlotte’s “alarming” youth crime rates, what’s on the menu at a new Black-owned bar in NoDa and news you can use.
Today in History: In 1870, Joseph Rainey, Robert Delarge and Robert Elliot were elected to represent South Carolina in Congress. They were the first Black people to be elected to the House of Representatives.
Today’s Hot Job: Crisis Assistance Ministry is seeking a director of development.
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NoDa’s newest Black-owned business focuses on ‘the treats’
Sprinkle, a new bar and social space, is set to open next month on North Davidson Street, with desserts, teas, craft cocktails and small bites.
Owner Kimberly Wilkinson told QCity Metro she plans to wow guests with over-the-top presentations, like drinks served in disco balls and milkshakes topped donuts.
Keep reading. [Madeline Holly-Carothers]
Youth crime is an ‘alarming concern’
Crime is up this year, and youth are the main contributors, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s third-quarter crime report.
In the first nine months of 2023, CMPD says overall crime has risen by 11% due to spikes in property crime and vehicle thefts.
Most of these incidents are committed by youth, police said. So far this year, there have been 2,211 youth arrests, a 36% increase.
Deputy Chief Jacquelyn Hulsey called the youth crime rate “alarming.”
Read on. [Jalon Hill]
PARTNER POST: A MESSAGE FROM THE SHARON AT SOUTHPARK
In with the new
Sharon Towers is now The Sharon at SouthPark. It’s their new name, but your new life.
Their legacy of leading the way in Charlotte’s senior living is unchanged, though. The Sharon at SouthPark is building a new future that signals exciting transformation.
Join a private tour and explore a community of modern, stylish senior living. Or visit TheSharon.org.
Narnia at Children’s Theater
This weekend, bring the whole family to see the classic children’s tale brought to life on stage through song at Children’s Theater.
Children’s Theater is one of many local activities that families can enjoy together.
Check out other activities on our list of family-friendly activities in Charlotte.
NEW 2 USE
Dream on with Disney
On October 31, applications close for Disney Dreamers Academy, a four-day career workshop designed for Black teens and students from underrepresented communities. Learn more & have your teen apply.
Turn up at Camp North End
- Head over after work to enjoy one of the many events they have going on, like the Charlotte Nite Street Market and shop from 20 local brands while you enjoy drinks, live music and family-friendly activities.
- Enjoy this week’s live DJ Dammit Wesley at Keswick.
- Mingle at Tapas and Testimonials at The Revelry.
➡️ Local: Charlotte’s real estate market continued to chill in September, according to the latest figures from Canopy, the Charlotte regional Realtor association. (WFAE)
➡️ State: Charlene Curtis, the first Black woman to coach a women’s basketball team in the Atlantic Coast Conference, died Thursday after a battle with cancer. She was 67. (AP)
➡️ South Carolina: Actor-director Tyler Perry pledges to build a new home for 93-year-old Josephine Write as she battles a developer in Hilton Head. (Post and Courier)
➡️ National: Household wealth in the United States rose significantly during the coronavirus pandemic, with Black families doing remarkably well financially, though still far below white household wealth. (BET)
➡️ World: South Africa’s foreign minister has been criticized for holding a phone call with the leader of Hamas just 10 days after the Palestinian militant group launched a deadly attack on Israel. (VOA)
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