Grammy Award-winning Gospel artist, William Becton traversed a long and challenging road of fame and recognition. From being at the top of the charts decades ago to a difficult divorce, and having to navigate feelings of abandonment by friends in the gospel music industry, Becton’s personal and public journey has been tough. But as Pastor […]

Monifa Drayton’s vision for the Mecklenburg County Alcohol Beverage and Control Board (ABC stores) is to continue its community outreach programs and buttress partnerships with the thousands of businesses that are licensed to sell alcohol for consumption. As the Board’s first African American Chairwoman, Drayton understands her role of balancing the direction of the board’s […]

If stress and the weight of the world is negatively impacting your life, perhaps a day at the Zen Room Spa is the answer to your prayers. Offering a host of self-care services, including facials, wax services, laser hair removal, etc., the Zen Room Spa is a place where you can bask in peace.  ‘COMMUNITY […]

For former star running-back Ronnie Edwards, providing a strategy to help his clients reach their physical fitness, health, and wellness goals is a top priority.  The former Atlanta Falcons and Edmonton Eskimos professional football player has been a Certified Nutrition Coach for over eight years and is on a mission to debunk the many misconceptions […]

The 2022 Mid-Term elections are upon us.  It’s no understatement the direction of our country is at stake, and the party that controls the House and Senate largely depends on the American people.  Where’s the enthusiasm? Well, the latest polls suggest that a blue or red wave is a toss up.  But, if early voting […]

According to statistics, there are upward of 300 million physical therapy sessions each year.  Injury, whether from a fall, motor vehicle accident, or sports activity – can be debilitating, painful, and financially inconvenient – especially if you’re required to take off from work to heal.  So when it comes to the health, wellness and physical […]

  There are nearly 2 million new cancer diagnoses each year in the United States.  Every 12 minutes a woman dies from some form of Cancer. Over 27,000 African American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.  Those are some of the statistics. But Ms. Kelly Turner, founder of the 501(c3) non-profit, the […]

America’s incarceration rate belies the notion that equitable treatment in the criminal justice system is what other nations should aspire to emulate or that our educational system, corporate infrastructure as it relates to employment, and our nation’s social constructs should be the envy of the world and beacon of democracy. Here’s a fact that you […]

The numbers are alarming.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), High Blood Pressure is 54% more common in Black adults, 46% in whites, Asians at 39%, while Hispanics at 36%.  Not only are African Americans grappling with Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease and High cholesterol, stress is manifesting mentally and physically in the lives […]

Residents of Charlotte and surrounding communities will have an opportunity to receive free health screenings, learn about opportunities to buy a home, as well as avoid foreclosure; enjoy fun activities – especially for children; and as the November Mid-Term elections approaches, get registered to vote.  ‘COMMUNITY VOICES’ host, Ron Holland talked with Nykole Wyatt Education […]

With nearly 50 million Americans experiencing a mental illness, the urgency to address health disparities and inequity is critical. North Carolina is ranked 44 in how states across the country respond to mental illness. Even more sobering,”communities of color where mental health often comes with a stigma,” families are silently suffering grief and loss – […]

While conversations about mental health and wellness is mainstream, according to some studies, 63% of African Americans still consider mental illness a personal weakness. The stigma of mental illness continues to hamper efforts to fully address depression, bi-polar disorder and other mental health challenges in the black community.  But Mental Health America of Central Carolinas […]