VIA ELEV8 Could Seek First The Kingdom be the outfit that picks up where Cross Movement left off? This band is the latest group I’ve discovered courtesy of Gerard Bonner’s Bonnerfide Radio show. While reminiscent of a new incarnation of The Roots, SFK has a refreshing vibe that crosses hip-hop, ministry, and musicianship to great […]

The N.C. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center announced its 2010-2011 Broadway Lights Series. The series features several award-winning and critically-acclaimed productions such as “Billy Elliot the Musical,” “Shrek the Musical” and “9 to 5: the Musical.” Among the new season’s line up is “Dreamgirls” at the Belk Theater Nov. 9-14.

Remember road trips with your parents? In my family, we battled to control the radio. If the trip was longer than 10 miles, my parents won. Dad inevitably popped in a cassette. Often he played contemporary jazz. I heard the Crusader’s “Street Life” so many times, I dreamed living the type of life Randy Crawford […]

VIA: After Sunday’s historic health care vote, one man took to his frustrations on twitter. Jay Martin, an African-American male who graduated from Vatterott College with an IT degree and lives in Federal Way, WA has recently taken to his twitter account to express his frustrations. It appears that Jay Martin is an anti […]

Terrell Boulware goes to Hickory Grove Library in East Charlotte to use the computers in his effort to find a job. Boulware has been unemployed for six months. At the library, he uses the computer to look for jobs and to send out resumes. Unless the county’s public library system raises $2 million, Boulware will […]

VIA CHARLOTTE OBSERVER The Lord’s Prayer is a prayer many children learn to say every night before they go to bed, some athletes say it before they take the field or after they’ve finished a game. Charlotte’s Brian Hadley is turning the prayer into art and a call to help those less fortunate. He wrote […]

VIA CHARLOTTE OBSERVER Just two weeks before their trial on tax evasion charges, the pastors of a popular west Charlotte church could be jailed for violating conditions of their release on bond. Federal prosecutors say Bishop Anthony Jinwright, who heads Greater Salem City of God, and his wife and co-pastor, Harriet Jinwright, are continuing to […]

VIA CHARLOTTE OBSERVER Former Charlotte Bobcats owner Bob Johnson slammed the Charlotte business community less than a week after selling the NBA team to Michael Jordan. The billionaire and founder of BET was a featured speaker during the Urban Leadership Institute’s townhall meeting on Saturday. Johnson called the city’s business community “arrogant,” “incestuous” and not […]

VIA: MSNBC Wal-Mart officials are looking at security tapes after an announcement was made for “all black people” to leave a store in South Jersey. A man used the public-address system at the Route 42 store in Washington Township Sunday night and calmly announced: “Attention Wal-Mart customers: All black people leave the store now.” Patricia […]

If you haven’t been to NoDa lately, Real Eyes Bookstore is doing it up big. The African American owned bookstore is moving to a new location, and is bringing Malik Yoba and Pam Grier to town this spring. Malik Yoba will speak at the Booth Playhouse in the N.C. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center at 6 […]

In a press release today, leaders of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library system today announced the closing of 12 branches and 148 layoffs, about a third of the system’s staff. The layoffs will be effective April 3 and the following 12 branches will close: Beatties Ford Road Belmont Carmel Checkit Outlet Cornelius Hickory Grove Independence Regional […]

VIA CHARLOTTE OBSERVER For some Christians, and even non-Christians, Lent is like a second New Year’s Resolution. They use the time to give up bad habits such as smoking, drinking and chocolate. Charlotte Observer special correspondent Amber Veverka looks at how other Christians use the time to meditate on life, death and the resurrection of […]