When we as black men abandon our sons, we create a longing that may be impossible to fill.
Everywhere I went during CIAA week, folks were talking about it: The uptown crowds seemed smaller this year. Has the Queen City played out as host for the annual event?
Today I did the unthinkable: I used the new Facebook gadgets to “subscribe” to Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and former New York Times Editor Bill Keller.
“Subscribing” is a new function on Facebook. It allows users to view the Facebook updates of others without actually being their Facebook “friend.” It’s kind of like “following” a person on Twitter.
I call this unthinkable because…well, I don’t usually do that sort of thing.
Did you ever hear of Eddie and Sylvia Brown, a prominent business couple living in Maryland?
Well, neither had I. But on Friday the Maryland Historical Society named them "Marylanders of the Year."
As a Charlotte-based website, it’s normally not our thing to look halfway up the Eastern Seaboard in search of folks to write about. But I came across the Browns’ story last week and found it simply too inspiring to keep to myself.
Over the last 15 years, the Browns have given more than $22 million to various causes, much of it going to benefit inner-city youths.
It seems Brown knows something about poverty.
Burt Kummerow, left, president of the Maryland Historical Society, is pictured here with C. Sylvia Brown and Eddie C. Brown at a luncheon honoring the Browns as Marylanders of the Year. (Photo: Courtesy of Maryland Historical Society)
Finally, someone has rushed (well, more like sauntered) to defend the honor of Charlotte, my beloved Queen City.
For a minute I worried that nobody cared that local NAACP President Kojo Nantambu described our town as a “racist bastion,” a place crawling with bigots. It seemed all anyone wanted to talk about was Mr. Nantambu’s call for an economic boycott.
Never mind that our lady friend has been called a tramp... so long as the guy at the other end of the bar keeps buying her drinks.
On Thursday, Mayor Anthony Foxx waded in.
“I... disagree that Charlotte is a racist community,” he said in a statement released to the media. “By using labels such as racist to characterize our entire city, all of us are implicated, including me, and such a harsh, irrevocable verdict leaves us nowhere to go as a community.”
Well spoken, Mr. Mayor.
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