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A day after Patrick Cannon was sworn in as the new mayor of Charlotte, our former mayor Anthony Foxx returned to address the Charlotte Chamber…

A day after Patrick Cannon was sworn in as the new mayor of Charlotte, our former mayor Anthony Foxx returned to address the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting. Foxx resigned as Charlotte’s mayor after being named as U.S. Transportation Secretary. On Tuesday, he told reporters that he sent Cannon a personal note and described […]

Casting is now open for “Southern Blend: A Dating Experiment”, a documentary video project and dialogue series supported by Crossroads Charlotte. Carolina Love? [My Viewpoint] “Southern Blend” producer Rod Garvin says “the film will focus on a reality-style social experiment in which people will date outside their race or ethnicity for the first time, or […]

During a closing monologue for his HBO show “Real Time,” Bill Maher stated in his typical sarcastic fashion that, “If you’re a Christian who supports killing your enemies and torture, you have to come up with a new name for yourself.” Ouch. Maher is a self-proclaimed atheist who is ruthlessly efficient at using comedy to […]

Consider these statistics from the Pew Research Center Report, “Marrying Out”: The rates of interracial marriages among newlyweds more than doubled between 1980 (6.7%) and 2008 (14.6%) in the United States. 9% of whites, 16% of blacks, 26% of Hispanics and 31% of Asians married someone of a different race or ethnicity. Intermarriages comprised 11% of newlywed couples in North Carolina compared to 22% in […]

Alabama is one of the Civil Right’s Movements most important geographic symbols. In the struggle for Voting Rights in the South, John Lewis and about 600 marchers were beaten and tear-gassed by police, as they attempted to walk from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama on March 7, 1965, a date that has come to be known […]

This holiday season should demonstrate once and for all that conservatives do not have a monopoly on faith and family values. As a matter of fact, if the holidays are about generosity to those in need and a celebration of hope, joy and peace, then this year Santa and his Elves were played by President […]

Jay-Z is out promoting his newest project, Decoded, which is claimed to be a personal narrative, lyrical deconstruction and hip-hop history all at once. It is fitting that the prolific rap artist has decided to write his reflections in the form of a 336-page book. Black boys who aspire to be rappers, and those who just […]

I remember watching the concert for Hurricane Relief sponsored by NBC after Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast in 2005. I was just as shocked as everyone else when Kanye West went off-script from the teleprompter and stammered out these words: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Comedian Mike Myers, who had been trying to stay […]

The tide that carried many Democrats and progressives into office in 2008 was reversed this year on November 2nd.  History tells us however, that the opposing party of a sitting president usually gains Congressional seats during mid-term elections. If the Democrats maintained power it would have been a historical exception. One blogger summarized the reason […]