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Veteran entrepreneurs at JCSU small business showcase

By Melvin Harris Jr. | For The Charlotte Post


Business and civic leaders will gather next week to support veteran entrepreneurs from the Charlotte area.


Bunker Labs, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit network of veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs that helps members start their own businesses, will host its second Veterans in Residence Showcase May 24 at Johnson C. Smith University’s James B. Duke Library from 5-7 p.m. The nonprofit’s mission is to empower veteran small business owners through p

Dancing to the rhythm of Juneteenth’s spirit

By Melvin Harris Jr. | For The Charlotte Post

Dancing to the rhythm of Juneteenth’s spirit

Juneteenth has been a heavily celebrated holiday for the African American and African communities, especially in the Charlotte metro area where African dance continues to evolve.


The Charlotte African Drum and Dance Collective got its start around this time last year after a couple of dance performances with Shea Movement for the 2022 Juneteenth festival. The core group stayed together through WhatsAp

Church expulsions highlight divide on women leadership

By Melvin Harris Jr. | For The Charlotte Post

Women have faced many obstacles to equality to men.


They still face hurdles when it comes to leadership in the church.


In June, Linda Barnes Popham found out that the predominantly white Southern Baptist Convention voted to expel her church, Fern Creek Baptist in Louisville, Kentucky, along with four others that are led by female pastors. In addition, Virginia pastor Mike Law pushed for an amendment to the SBC constitution that would further r

Extremism is its own vice, Moral Monday leader says

By Melvin Harris Jr. | For The Charlotte Post

Extremism is its own vice, Moral Monday leader says

The founder of Moral Mondays rallied Charlotte activists to fight for North Carolina’s most vulnerable communities.


Bishop William Barber II, a Goldsboro, North Carolina minister and founder of Repairers of the Breach, led a rally Monday at the Government Center to urge North Carolinians to challenge the extremist agenda of state lawmakers at the ballot box. Barber maintains that the General As

Episcopal missioner's goal: Inspire racial healing in NC

By Melvin Harris Jr. | For The Charlotte Post


The Rev. Lindsey Ardrey is leading the Episcopal Church’s initiative on racial healing in North Carolina.


Ardrey, the state diocese’s new canon missioner for diocesan reparations and restitution, is tasked with helping the diocese to formally acknowledge its legacy of slavery and white supremacy and empower the clergy and lay members of congregations to tell their stories while creating a path to justice, restitution, and healing. Before her ap

Historic barbershop embraces and celebrates service

By Melvin Harris Jr. | For The Charlotte Post

The owner of one of Charlotte’s oldest barbershops has never held a pair of clippers.


Michael Gordon, owner of Gordon’s Barbershop in the Cherry neighborhood, celebrates his 32nd year on June 26. The shop, located at 601 Baldwin Ave., opened in 1935 by Clemon Morris. While most local businesses during that time have long closed, the shop has withstood recessions, a pandemic and gentrification.


“At the end of the day, I'll be honest with you, h

White House, VP Kamala Harris host Briefing with HBCU Student Journalists and Representatives

A room filled with HBCU students, alumni and talent is not an everyday occurrence in America, which is why it was such a special day in the White House this past Thursday.

HBCU student journalists and representatives from all over the country came to Washington D.C to participate in a White House Briefing with Senior Advisor for Public Engagement Keisha Lance Bottoms and Vice President Kamala Harris.

The conversation moved from funding HBCUs, to mental health and how big of an impact small bus

Mister A&T impeached by SGA Senate

Former Mister A&T, Curtis Shannon Jr., was impeached by the Student Government Association (SGA) Senate. Shannon was impeached after receiving three strikes and additional breaches, leading to his removal from SGA.

According to Ashleigh Jackson, Vice President of Internal Affairs, the vote was 32 to 7 in favor of removing Shannon from the Royal Court.

This impeachment comes just two weeks after Shannon took to social media and voiced his own concerns within the Royal Court and SGA.

“Imagine b

N.C. A&T hosts 63rd Sit-In Anniversary

To some, February 1 is the day that brings in Black History Month. But to N.C. A&T, it holds a deeper meaning for the Aggies and Greensboro community.

63 years ago, four freshman students, Jibreel Khazan (formerly Ezell Blair Jr.), Joseph McNeil, the late Franklin McCain and the late David Richmond, took a stand against racism and silently protested at F.W. Woolworth.

Today’s celebration began with a breakfast program, followed by a panel of former SGA presidents and a social justice discussio

"Modern day slavery": Foreign workers at U.S. bases face brutal hours, low pay

Abdulla thought it was the opportunity of a lifetime.

After struggling to find work in his home country of Bangladesh, he said a recruiter offered him a chance to work in a restaurant thousands of miles away in Kuwait City for the equivalent of $660 a month.

There was a catch: He would have to pay a hefty fee — about $10,250 — but he figured it was worth it. He says his mother got loans to cover the fee and he flew to Kuwait in January 2016. He was 21.

Abdulla said he arrived to broken promis

Choosing a new doctor? Beware of fake rave reviews

A lot of things in our lives start with an online search.

Just like checking reviews before booking a hotel or picking a restaurant, we also resort to online searches for medical advice. But beware: a physician’s five-star rating may not be what it appears.

A 2018 experiment with hypothetical doctors showed that people preferred using online review websites over government ratings when picking a medical professional.

“When you rely on online reviews of medical providers, you’re gambling with

Kansas wins the National Championship; UNC blows early lead

The Kansas Jayhawks beat the UNC Tar-Heels 72-69 after being down by as much as 16 points. The Jayhawks were able to rally back and flip the script to overcome the UNC’s lead.

The game started off very competitive, with a solid back and forth from both teams. However, Carolina took charge halfway through the first half.

It was a collective effort for the Heels in the first, with solid contributions from center Armando Bacot, RJ Davis and Brady Manek. Not only were their buckets coming consiste

2x All-American Jacob Roberts talks about N.C. A&T’s move to the CAA and Football Journey

Aggie football had a hard transition year from the MEAC to the Big South. Linebacker Jacob Roberts believes that Aggie fans should have bigger expectations going into their last year in the Big South.

N.C. A&T football finished with a 5-6 record in their first season in the Big South. Roberts finished with 84 total tackles and 5 sacks on the season. Roberts says that the Aggies had troubles finishing games and believes that is a point of emphasis for next season.

“Just start fast and finish st

N.C. A&T Men’s indoor Track & Field finishes second in the nation

N.C. A&T have dominated the track & field department for the past few years and this past weekend was no different.

The men’s indoor track team finished as the national runner-up to Texas by falling short in the 4×400 meter relay.

The Aggies were neck-and-neck with the Longhorns due to performances from junior Randolph Ross Jr., sophomore Javonte Harding and freshman Leonard Mustari.

Ross was able to come out on top for the men’s 400 meter dash. Not only did Ross finish first, he also set a n

Cheri Beasley talks with students on campus about her campaign

Cheri Beasley is running for US Senate in North Carolina and stopped by A&T’s campus to talk with some students about what she stands for and would like to see change in the near future.

This is not Beasley’s first time making her mark in North Carolina. In 2008, Beasley was elected to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. A few years later, in 2014, she was elected as the Associate Justice of the state Supreme Court.

In 2019 she became the first African-American woman to serve as Chief Justice

N.C. A&T moves into the CAA after one year in the Big South

North Carolina A&T State University Board of Trustees on Friday unanimously voted for the move from the Big South Conference to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).

All North Carolina A&T sports teams and student-athletes will begin competing in the CAA as of July 1, 2022, except football and bowling.

Aggie Football will move next year, July 1, 2023. NCAT Bowling has remained in the MEAC despite other sports making the move to the CAA.

Chairwoman Hilda Pinnix-Ragland believes that this is

N.C. A&T honors late Dr. Ronald E. McNair in 36th Celebration

N.C. A&T honored the late NASA astronaut and Aggie alum Ronald E. McNair by hosting a live- streamed event celebrating 36 years since his passing. Students and Alumni came together to celebrate the impact McNair had on their lives.

McNair was a trailblazer in his own field by becoming one of the first African American astronauts. The Aggie alum didn’t stop there, McNair would later become a mission specialist astronaut for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Space Shuttle Program.

16th Admin of the EPA holds high hopes for the graduating class of 2021

Michael Regan, the 16th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, delivered the commencement speech to graduating aggies for the December 2021 Graduation.

Regan was a part of the 1998 graduating class at N.C. A&T. He graduated with a Bachelor in Science degree in earth and environmental science.

I had the privilege to sit down and talk with him after the ceremony and he was proud to see many environmental graduates walk across the stage.

“When I think about the number of students

Xavier Williams wins HBCU Tournament; Leads Aggies to Fourth Place

Xavier Williams a senior on N.C. A&T men’s golf team finished first in the HBCU Tournament and was named the Big South Golfer of the Week. Williams finished three under par to secure his first college tournament win.

Editor-in-Chief, Jerry Humphrey and I had the pleasure of talking with Williams about this tournament and the team’s future this season.

Williams was glad to start off his season with a win and he believes if he can stick to his craft, the best has yet to come.

“It was nice to ge

Freshman J.R. Smith is officially a walk-on for the A&T’s Men’s Golf team

The A&T Men’s Golf team got a new addition to the roster Monday afternoon. 36-year-old J.R. Smith will be a walk-on freshman for the A&T Men’s Golf Team this fall.

Smith is excited to be playing in a new sport and environment in Greensboro. Smith believes despite there not being thousands of people watching him play golf, there will still be pressure on him to play at a high level.

“Obviously different environments from playing in front of 20,000 people to playing in a college golf gallery… Bu

Kam Langley discusses the new NCAA endorsement rules

Monumental changes have come into place with the NCAA and endorsements. The NCAA rules changes and state laws that went into effect on July 1st created opportunities for college athletes to sell the rights to their names and image for the first time.

This is an important change because collegiate athletes missed out on huge opportunities to make money like the Fab Five in previous years. Some athletes like Reggie Bush were robbed of the Heisman trophy due to money being dealt with in his career

N.C. A&T’s standout commit has big plans for the future

Aggie Football landed a piece for the future that could lead to more conference championships (albeit in the Big South starting in 2021).

On Sept. 7th, quarterback and Minnesota native, Zach Yeager committed to the Aggies for the 2021 season. Yeager chose N.C. A&T over schools like Alcorn State, Columbia, Colgate and others.

This could be the beginning of black athletes choosing HBCUs over PWIs. Athletes like Yeager could help N.C. A&T match the competition of Power 5 Conferences.

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