Charlotte is the largest city in the U.S. state of North Carolina and the seat of Mecklenburg County. Charlotte's population was estimated by the US Census Bureau to be 709,441.
The 1903 state charter required a library be opened for the disenfranchised African-American population of Charlotte. This was completed in 1905, with opening of the Brevard Street Library for Negroes, an independent library in Brooklyn, a historically black area of Charlotte, on the corner of Brevard and East Second Street (now Martin Luther King Blvd.)
The Brevard Street Library was the first library for free blacks in the state of North Carolina, some sources say in the southeast. This library was closed in 1961 when the Brooklyn neighborhood in Second Ward was redeveloped, but its role as a cultural center for African-Americans in Charlotte is continued by the Beatties Ford branch, the West branch and the Belmont Center branch of the current library system, as well as by Charlotte's African-American Cultural Center.
Charlotte is located in North America's humid subtropical climate zone. The city has cool winters and warm, humid summers.
The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (AME Zion) is headquartered in Charlotte.
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture is located in Charlotte.
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(BPRW) FONZWORTH BENTLEY AND TAI BEAUCHAMP INSPIRED CHARLOTTE STUDENTS DURING UNCF’S EMPOWER ME TOUR PRESENTED BY WELLS FARGO
- Day-long event motivated youth to excel in academic, financial and personal responsibility -
(BLACK PR WIRE) – Charlotte, March 12, 2014 – The UNCF Empower Me Tour Presented by Wells Fargo- a free, traveling college-and-career readiness roadshow sponsored by UNCF (United Negro College Fund) featured entertainer and host of BET’s “Lift Every Voice” program Fonzworth Bentley and local media personality Tonya Rivens as co-hosts for the Charlotte tour stop this past weekend. Other participants included Tish Norman (Founder/CEO, Transforming Leaders Now, Inc.) as moderator, along with Tai Beauchamp (TV Personality/Entrepreneur), Janine Davis (Executive Director, Girl Talk Inc.), Dr. Alex O. Ellis (Motivational Speaker), Michael E. Parker (Founder, You Are A CEO) and Amir Windom (Music Executive) as speakers and workshop leaders.
The UNCF Empower Me Tour was created in partnership with Wells Fargo to prepare students to go to and through college and inspire them to take control of their future by using education as the foundation for achieving their goals and dreams.
“Wells Fargo is always excited to team up with UNCF for the Empower Me Tour,” says Gigi Dixon, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Wells Fargo. “Education is a great equalizer in our country, and it is one of our passions at Wells Fargo. We aim to ensure that students have access to higher education. This tour makes the possibility of college real to young people across the nation.”
The Charlotte tour stop featured entertainers, educators and entrepreneurs who shared their personal academic and business journeys with participating high school and college students. During the day, attendees participated in the Empower Me Tour Zone, an interactive experience for students, parents and educators. The Zone provided an opportunity to engage with college recruiters regarding scholarship and internship opportunities. The Empower Me Tour also provided students and their parents with a full day of exhibits, college and career workshops, and engaging panel discussions with special guests and celebrities.
The 6th annual UNCF Empower Me Tour has visited St. Louis, New Orleans, Dallas, The San Francisco Bay Area, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Detroit, Memphis and Atlanta in 2013. The tour concludes in Chicago on March 21, 2014.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, 12,000 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com),
and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 264,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com.
Wells Fargo Senior Vice President, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Georgette Dixon facilitated a panel discussion with (L to R) Fonzworth Bentley, Tai Beauchamp, Amir Windom and Tonya Rivens during the UNCF Empower Me Tour during the Charlotte tour stop.
Fonzworth Bentley teaches students the proper way to tie a Windsor knot at the “Tied to Greatness” workshop during the UNCF Empower Me Tour presented by Wells Fargo in Charlotte, NC.
High school and college aged males showed up strong at the UNCF Empower Me Tour presented by Wells Fargo in Charlotte, NC.
From L to R: Tai Beauchamp, Tish Norman, Janine Davis and Tonya Rivens engaged attendees with a candid conversation: Girl Talk: Image a Future during the UNCF Empower Me Tour presented by Wells Fargo in Charlotte, NC.
Charlotte students, parents and educators listened attentively during workshops and panel discussions and were inspired by exhibits during the UNCF Empower Me Tour presented by Wells Fargo.
UNCF Empower Me Tour guest hosts and panelists posed for a photograph with Wells Fargo and UNCF leaders following the successful day-long event in Charlotte, NC.
Wells Fargo leaders Dewey Norwood and Georgette “Gigi” Dixon photographed with two Charlotte students who received Mack, Wells Fargo’s commemorative 16oth anniversary pony during the UNCF Empower Me Tour.
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Out & About In Charlotte!!
Smiles were everywhere at the Charlotte African American Festival recently held on the campus of Independence High School. Charlotte’s Baba sisters (left) introduced their hand made Black History impersonation reenactment dolls, Piedmont Open IB Middle School’s D.J. McClettie (center) did a President Obama Impersonation and The Christen School of Dance (right) performed before a lively audience. Photo by Tim Green
Demographics of Charlotte, North Carolina
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House of Jamaica Braiding - 5809 Old Providence Road, Suite C, Charlotte, NC (704) 321-4947
Jon Cuv African Hair Braiding - 6021 The Plaza # G, Charlotte, NC (704) 531-3311
J Taylor Styles - Category: Beauty Salon - A new Celebrity Stylist has relocated to Charlotte and is ready to bring out the Celebrity in you!!! - 8746 Arbor Creek Drive Charlotte, NC (980) 833-5982 - (visit website)
Lock Star Natural Hair Salon - Natural hair care for you 2132 McClintock Rd, Charlotte, NC (704) 334-6624 - (visit website)
New Beauty Supply - Category: Beauty Supply - 1522 Ladora Dr. Charlotte, NC 28262 (704) 905-5066
NuFaces International - Category: Hair Salon - HAIR/MAKEUP STUDIO
We give you the hair style that fits your lifestyle. Our work is published in several national magazines. We will maintain your natural, relaxed or weave tresses. Let us create your signature look. - 520 Collins-Aikman Dr. Suite A-100 Charlotte, NC 28262 (704) 756-2752 - (visit website)
Oasis Day Spa! - Charlotte’s Premiere Boutique Spa Oasis is a member of the National Day Spa Association Proudly servicving our guests for many years 2036 E 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204-3336 (704) 333-8777 - (visit website)
Oumy Professional African Hair - 3549 N Sharon Amity Road # 204, Charlotte, NC (704) 531-6666
Pure Body Salon & Spa, Inc. - We are classified as a beauty salon, hair salon, nail salon, barbershop, day spa, and massage center. 2415 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte, NC 28208 (704) 393-1019 - (visit website)
Universal Mobile Hair Braiding - Charlotte, NC (704) 398-8394
Vibez Hair Studio - 2605 Beatties Ford Road, Suite 6, Charlotte, NC (704) 395-0112
Volume Salon - Category: Hair Salon - 520 West Fifth Street, Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28202 (704) 333-8589
World Class Hair Care - Category: Beauty Supply - World Class Hair offers 100% virgin Brazilian and Malaysian hair at a very affordable price. No matting, tangling, shedding. With proper care hair last 9-12 months. We also ship to any location, $20.00 overnight or $10.00 priority. - 3710 W WT Harris Blvd Suite A Charlotte, NC (704) 921-7200 - (visit website)
BLACK BUSINESSES - SERVICES - VENDORS ETC.
Designs by Ginnefer - Category: Event Planners - Ginnefer's has a large selection of colors and high quality of Polyester tablecloths, Satin table overlays, Organza table overlays, chair covers, self-tie satin chair covers, Satin chair sashes, and Organza sashes, Chair Bow, and Table Runners. At Ginnefer's we understand all the worries and stress that come with planning and setting up your event. You can make this event less stressful by allowing us to setup and tear down your event location. - 2Tree Ridge Rd. Charlotte, NC (704) 575-4291 - (visit website)
I.D. Marketing & Consulting - Category: Marketing - We are a Marketing and Consulting Firm founded on the principle of market research. Our goal is to use in depth consulting services to reveal the goals and intent of the client and/or professional. Using the acquired details, we implement strategic planning to promote clients accurately to the target audience, demographic, and geographic location. Our goal at I.D. Marketing & Consulting is to provide effective solutions designed to boost your business, be it small or a large organization.?Our consultants design solutions tailored specifically to the needs of your business in order to ensure you achieve your dreams of success. - 3030 Village Glen Ln. Charlotte, NC (704) 588-2801 - (visit website)
Johnson C Smith University - Category: Historically Black College - 100-152 Beatties Ford Rd. Charlotte, NC 28216 (704) 378-1000 - (visit website)
Konscious Money Entertainment Group - Category: Promotion Agency - Konscious Money Entertainment Group based in Uptown Charlotte, NC, is your premier urban entertainment promotion agency that offers you a variety of innovative promotions to make your special event or venue a success.
Our promotional specialties include, but are not limited to providing live music entertainment, fashion and beauty venues, comedy venues, spokespeople, personal and business event planning, advertising, group fundraising, public relations, charity event planning, and promotion of local talent and more.
121 W.Trade St., Charlotte North Carolina (704) 218-9645 - (visit website)
Omni Dor - Category: Children Fashion - When It Comes To The Latest Children Fashion Omni Dor Provides Trendy Yet Affordable Clothing For Your Little One. Give Your Child That Celebrity Kid Sense Of Style With Our Quality Fashion Pieces. Let Omni Dor Make The World Your Childs Runway Today! - Blue Hampton Lane Charlotte, NC (612) 888-6664 - (visit website)
Stiforp - Category: Business Services - Stiforp is Profits spelled backwards and profits you will earn upon joining. Stiforp has a HUGE compensation plan. All you have to do is join. - 10024 Oak Run Dr. Charlotte North Carolina (704) 915-2259 - (visit website)
The Charlotte Post - Category: African American Newspaper - 1531 Camden Road, Post Office Box 30144, Charlotte, NC, 28230
Trena Miller, Realtor - Category: Real Estate - North Carolina’s Premier Charlotte Area Realtors! Charlotte NC Buyers Agent & Listing Specialist in Charlotte specializing in Charlotte NC
First Time Home buyers Down payment Assistance Programs. - 3430 Toringdon Way, Suite 101 Charotte, NC 28277 (704) 965-3319 - (visit website)
Wrapped Goodies - Category: Novelty Items - Personalized wrappers for candy, water bottles, etc. favors for events and occasions. - 4821 Dogwood Place Charlotte North Carolina (704) 421-1002
100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte, Inc. - Category: Community Service - 931 Wilann Drive Charlotte, NC 28202 - (visit website)
Latibah Collard Green Museum - 3103 Cullman Ave., Charlotte, NC 28206 (704) 737-8097 - (visit website)
Nzinga Creative Arts Center - The Nzinga Creative Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization whose mission is to provide arts and cultural/educational-related programs for children and adults. 3218 Benard Avenue, Charlotte, NC (704) 787-5123 - (visit website)
The Harvey B. Gantt Center - Celebrating the contributions of Africans and African-Americans to American culture for 35 years and serves as a community epicenter for music, dance, theater, visual art, film, arts education programs, literature and community outreach. 551 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 (704) 547-3700 - (visit website)
DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD
Bill Spoon's Barbecue - Southern Cuisine 5524 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC (704) 525-8865
Boudreaux's Louisiana Kitchen - 1/2 price Cajun Mary's at Brunch and all day Sunday!!
Laissez les Bon Temp Rouler!! 501 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC (704) 331-9898
Cajun Queen Restaurant - Enjoy the friendly, laid-back atmosphere of 'Nawlins without having to leave your back yard. Experience the sensation of true New Orleans cuisine has never been easier. We have a number of entree and drink specialties 1800 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202 (704) 377-9017 - (visit website)
Coffee Cup - Voted Top 5 best soul food Restaurant in U.S. 2909 N. Davidson, Charlotte, NC (704) 334-6640 - (visit website)
Mert’s Heart and Soul - One of Charlotte, North Carolina’s finest restaurants. 214 N. College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 (704) 342-4222 - (visit website)
Price's Chicken Coop - Why Cook? Get the best & most for your money at Price's Chicken Coop 1614 Camden Rd, Charlotte, NC (704) 333-9866 - (visit website)
Simmons Soul Food Restaurant - Smothered Pork Chops, Barbecue Ribs, Baked Chicken,
Dine-In, Takeout, Catering, Banquet Room. - The Best Soul Food in the Nation! 516 N Graham Street Unit A-3, Charlotte, NC 28202 (704) 334-6640 - (visit website)
Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q - Sonny's BAR-B-Q Restaurant and Catering - Orlando - Tampa - Gainesville - Atlanta - Charlotte 4301 Monroe Rd, Charlotte, NC (704) 333-3792 - (visit website)
North Carolina Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction - 1401 Parkwood Ave, (704) 377-0642 - (visit website)
The Park Ministries - 6029 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216 (704) 392-1681 - (visit website)
Apostrophe Lounge - Category: Nightclubs - 1440 S. Tryon Street
Before & After Luxury Lounge - (Nightclub) Afterhours, Hip-Hop, Top 40, R&B 301 East 9th St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Bentley's RSVP - Category: Nightclubs - 305 W. 4th Street
Downtown Charlotte (704) 909-7471 - (view video)
Club Ice - Category: Nightclubs - 300 E.Stonewall Street
Cajun Queen Restaurant - Live jazz seven nights a week 1800 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202 (704) 377-9017 - (visit website)
Club Prevue - (Lounge) Happy Hour, Bar, Club, 80s, Hip-Hop 2909 North Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC 28205
Club 935 - Category: Nightclubs - 935 S. Summit Avenue
Excelsior Club - Excelsior, is the spot for Thursday nights. A fun place to party, if you don't mind navigating tight spaces to reach ladies at their tables. 921Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte NC (704) 336-5709
Halo - Category: Nightclubs - 820 Hamilton Street
Kiss Ultra Lounge - Category: Nightclubs - 204 W. Woodlawn Road
(704) 561-9919 - (view video)
Luna Lounge - Category: Nightclubs - 521 North College Street -
McBonies Bar & Grill - Category: Nightclubs - 4800 Monroe Road (704) 563-2999 - (visit website)
Prevue Lounge - Category: Nightclubs - 2909 N. Davidson Street
The festival will include gospel, blues, jazz, R&B, and hip- hop artist, art, literature, food, dancers, drummers, a marching band competition, speakers, vendors, special awards and recognitions and much more.
The Goals of the Charlotte Black Film Festival is to:
Promote diversity through cultural expressions, dialogue and understanding, Promote and display works that express the African-American experience.
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