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At the Icehouse restaurant in Charlotte’s SouthEnd community, brothers Jarvis (l) and Marvis Holliday hosted a debate-watching party with a message of unity and political education. (Photo: Jon Strayhorn of Media Arts Collective)

Who hosted the best debate-watching party Wednesday night?

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We at Qcitymetro certainly didn’t attend them all, but our vote has to go to one hosted by the brothers Holliday – Marvis and Jarvis.

Jarvis, a Charlotte writer, and Marvis, an IT consultant, hosted this invitation-only event at the Icehouse in Charlotte’s SouthEnd community. Aside from the free hors d'oeuvres, the brothers sprung for music by DJ Shogun and photography by Jon Strayhorn of Media Arts Collective.

But what really stood out was the even-handed way that Marvis and Jarvis handled the issue of politics. They invited people of all ages, races and political persuasions, and they decorated the walls with campaign posters from both sides.

“Our country is so divided right now, and our political leaders have a lot to do with that,” Jarvis told Qcitymetro.com. “While we can’t control what ads they are running…we can control how we conduct ourselves… After November 6, we still have to live and work together in Charlotte.”

Jarvis said about 175 people RSVP’d – twice the number they anticipated.

Aside from the pure fun of it all, Jarvis said he hoped the party would serve a deeper purpose.

“You’d be surprised how many people don’t care what’s going on,” he said. “They know who they are going to vote for, and that’s fine, but make sure you pay attention to what these people are saying, because these candidates aren’t just speaking for themselves; they are speaking for their parties.”

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