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How Do You Know You Have a Detached Retina?

By Dr. Paula Newsome There are a few ocular emergencies that you could experience and retinal detachment is one of them. The retina is the thin lining of the inside of the eye and is the only place in the body where we can directly look at arteries, veins and nerves without physically cutting.…
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NXT | CLT Helps Small Businesses Succeed

By Angela Lindsay It can be challenging for minority-owned businesses to get off the ground, let alone remain sustainable for generations. While full of potential, too often these enterprises aren’t given the opportunities necessary to grow to the next level. Recognizing this challenge, business accelerator NXT Charlotte (NXT | CLT) has stepped in to give these companies a step up.…
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WOMEN BREAKING BARRIERS

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Black Women in Charlotte Are Breaking Barriers

By Angela Lindsay

Charlotte has a rich history of Black women who have broken barriers in the areas of school desegregation, executive representation in the corporate world and local politics. Meet a new generation of talented Black women who are following their callings and lighting paths for others now and for the future.…
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Joshua Proby

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Joshua Proby

By Ryan Kouame   AUTHOR OF THE 30-DAY JOURNEY from Prison to Spiritual Peace, Joshua Proby, is a minister, motivational speaker, mentor and entrepreneur. His life is not one of glitz and glamour, but he has dedicated it to educating and uplifting children and young adults to have a better understanding of who they are.   At the age of 22, Proby was charged with first-degree burglary and sentenced to twelve years in prison.…
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Tommie Robinson

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Tommie Robinson

By Ryan Kouame A 50-YEAR CAREER and the first Black artist in the Guild of Charlotte Artists, Tommie Robinson will make history as the first Black artist whose portrait of a judge will hang in the Mecklenburg County courthouse.…
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Home Run! Baseball Team Owner Brandon Bellamy

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Home Run! Baseball Team Owner Brandon Bellamy

By Angela Lindsay   THE DECISION WAS UNANIMOUS. In July, the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball approved real estate developer Brandon Bellamy to purchase a new club expansion in Gastonia, NC, becoming professional baseball’s only Black majority owner in the nation.…
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Nicholas Wharton

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The Charlotte Area Fund

By Sonja Whitemon   NICHOLAS WHARTON is the President and CEO of the Charlotte Area Fund, a nonprofit that helps people at 200 percent or below the federal poverty guidelines to find their way out of poverty.   The organization provides job training in high-demand fields that include HVAC, broadband fiber, commercial driving (CDL) and construction.…
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Jamall Kinard

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Jamall Kinard

By Ryan Kouame   EDUCATOR, COACH, COMMUNITY ORGANIZER, and racial equity trainer Jamall Kinard is revitalizing efforts in the community by focusing on family stability and civic awareness. After serving 10 years as an educator in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System, Kinard eagerly joined the Racial Equity Institute (REI) in August of 2019.   As a community organizer/consultant and executive director of the Lakeview Neighborhood Alliance (LNA), his ultimate goal is to create a community organizing blueprint and foster an environment where the truth is celebrated, strong families are cultivated, and racism is dismantled for all communities, organizations, and institutions to follow.   As a coach, his goals are to educate himself and others on the history of this country and its systems, build generational wealth by bridging the gap between effort and access, and empower people in the Black community through conscious and consistent leadership.   “Plain and simple, there is no way that we can help each other if there is a system in place that thrives off of us staying in our own bubbles and only being concerned about ourselves.…
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Rickey Hall

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Rickey Hall

By Ryan Kouame   SENIOR BOARD CHAIR for the West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition and Westside Community Land Trust, Rickey Hall, has spent his lifetime working to implement sustainable communitydriven solutions to address systemic social and economic mobility challenges in disenfranchised African-American communities and promoting community-driven initiatives focused on addressing systemic food insecurity and improved health access.   Hall believes west side residents can build a new community that harkens back to the self-contained and self-sustaining Black communities of the 1940s and 1950s.…
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William McNeely

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Do Greater Charlotte

By Sonja Whitemon   WITHIN ZIP CODE 28208 in the heart of Charlotte, are many neighborhoods such as Ashley Park, Camp Green, and Revolution Park— mostly low income with nearly double the state and national unemployment rates.…