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Happy Thursday, QCity!

In today’s newsletter: Read an honest review of “The Wiz” musical in Charlotte, a small business grant’s second round of funding, a gameday prediction and more.

Today in History: In 1868, the first classes began at Howard University’s College of Medicine. Today, the college is one of the country’s top producers of Black medical doctors.

Today in Charlotte: “The Wiz”

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Beyond Open awards $4.8 million to small businesses

A local small business grant program recently announced giving $4.8 million in its second of three rounds.

The program awarded 116 businesses with grants ranging from $10,000 to $150,000.

The majority of business owners who received funding are Black.

Read on. [Jalon Hill]


All-Black cast dazzles at ‘The Wiz’ in Charlotte

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“The Wiz” at Belk Theater in Charlotte. November 2023. (Madeline Holly-Carothers/ QCity Metro)

“It was just so beautifully Black,” Madeline, QCity Metro’s editor, wrote on Facebook after opening night of “The Wiz” at Belk Theater.

The show first opened on Broadway in 1974, and now, its revival is playing in Charlotte through the weekend.

Madeline’s quick review: “It was so Black — in all the best ways. And Deborah Cox reminded us all how well she can really sang.”

Read the full review here.


Expecting anyone?

It’s Bobbie’s 35th birthday party, and all her friends keep asking, Why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man, and isn’t it time to settle down and start a family?

As Bobbie searches for answers, she discovers why being single, being married, and being alive in the 21st century could drive a person crazy.

COMPANY features Sondheim’s award-winning songs “You Could Drive a Person Crazy,” “The Ladies Who Lunch,” “Side by Side by Side,” and the iconic “Being Alive.” Let’s all drink to that!





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Panthers vs Bears

Rookie quarterback Bryce Young throwing a pass against the Atlanta Falcons. Photo: Chanelle Smith-Walker/ Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers (1-7) travel to face the Chicago Bears (2-7) on Thursday night following a disappointing home loss to the Indianapolis Colts earlier this week. 

Rookie quarterback Bryce Young had by far the worst game of his career, throwing two interceptions, both returned for touchdowns.

The team will look to rebound against the struggling Bears, who could be without their star quarterback, Justin Fields.

Read on for a prediction.


Head to the mountains this fall

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Temperatures are starting to drop, so it’s the perfect time to head to the mountains and get your hike on.

Charlotte and its surrounding area are home to 25 different trails for both casual and avid hikers to enjoy.

Check our guide to read more about these trails and plan tour trip while you can still enjoy the changing leaves.

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