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Let’s walk and explore the Queen City in May

Charlotte’s neighborhoods have stories to tell – stories many residents have never heard. Charlotte City Walks offer a chance to hear those stories and learn more about the Queen City through free neighborhood tours in May. Some of the walks include: • A Neighborhood Through Artists’ Eyes – This tour of East Charlotte’s Plaza Shamrock and Country Club areas is led by artists with home studios in the neighborhood, including Yard Art Day founder Deborah Triplett; CATS Blue Line artists Susan Brenner and Sharon Dowell; studio artist Amy Sanders and glass artist Carmella Jarvi.…

Learning Language for Fun

By Eren Simpson Learning foreign languages is a family affair for Shylene Santiago and her eight children. When Santiago’s now 10-month-old was born, he was born with a heart condition. Because of his fragility, Santiago decided she needed to quit the workforce and stay home with her son, and find a way to work from home to continue to provide for her family financially.…

Dee Travels to Toronto

By Dee Dixon   Hi, folks. I did it once again, over the Thanksgiving holiday.   Explored a city I’d never been to, for four days.   Toronto was my choice because it allowed me to set foot in Canada for the first time AND visit Niagara Falls, which is now off my bucket list. …

Improve Your Health Take A Trip

By Shanell Varner You’re the STRONG daughter, sister, friend, right? The one who always neglects her Shanell Varner, owner at Moonglade Travel  own needs to take care of everyone else. A true SHERO! You love hard. But you neglect to take care of the most important person…YOU.…

Finding Our Way Home: A Poem By Bluz

By Bluz We are all journeys trying to find our way home   Wading thru the troubled waters looking out for the bridge And some of us right now are the bridge Carrying over the next generation of Justice seekers Freedom fighters, educators, creators, doctors, farmers, mother’s father’s families communities We are all Stone and Steel, Courage and Passion Standing strong over the troubled waters This city we live in Is landscaped with so many beautiful faces Connected by Pride We survive off the good vibes we give to each other Not only fans of the Panther and Hornets We are fans of handing out  hot meals and blankets to the homeless Habitat for humanity home builders Building up our Pride for the Queen City We aren’t just bankin and racing We are erasing poverty and fighting for equality Until the sun shines on every Charlottean Warming the heart of every human being And the beauty of this city radiates from every face And every space feels like Home Feels we all belong Feel we can all sing the same song…

Book Explores the Complexities of Black Men Through the Eyes of Local Leaders

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By Kallan Louis We are currently witnessing rapid and steady growth in Charlotte. As luxury apartments, retail shops and restaurants have residents flooding back to live in uptown and South End, Charlotte’s historically black West End has remained mostly neglected. The often-mentioned Harvard study on economic mobility — which ranked Charlotte last out of 50 major metropolitan areas on economic mobility — reveals how complex the issues truly are.…

Charlotte Street Art on The Rise

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    By Lashawnda Becoats We were on a mission as we walked through the streets in Brooklyn, past bodegas and nail salons. It was a hot summer day and my friends were tired of all the walking. Bars and restaurants I love this mural of Frida Khalo I tracked down in Buenos Aires, Argentina.…
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