Community Conversation

  Oprah surprises local pharmacist, encourages health during Charlotte visit of Vision 2020 Wellness Tour

Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey was in Charlotte Friday for her Vision 2020 Wellness Tour. She is on a nine-city tour telling people the importance of being healthy when it comes to their mind, body and soul.

  Mecklenburg County DA’s Office forgives minor traffic offenders

Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg opens first field office in Charlotte

  Fifth Third Bank Hands out $200,000 in Grants

  Van Jones comes to Charlotte to discuss Raise The Age

  ‘Brooklyn: Once a City Within a City’ Museum exhibit tells story of historic Charlotte neighborhood

  Local couple says vacation ruined - Blames travel agent

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  Healthy Churches 2020 Conference on a mission in Charlotte

  CMS attorney reflects on time with district as he departs for new job

  Principal for the Day at Monroe High School

  87 year old Veteran claims he was taken advantage of - Contractor disagrees

  CMS Board Chairperson reflects on her time on the board

  UNC Charlotte will be first school in NC to offer financial technology boot camp

  Raise-The-Age legislation takes effect Dec. 1st in North Carolina

Raise the Age legislation will become law throughout North Carolina on December 1, 2019. North Carolina is one of the last states to enact raise the age. Leaders at Council for Children’s Rights want to spread the word about it so people in the community can know what to expect.

  $10K offered to person who comes up with plan to tackle economic mobility in Charlotte

Carolina Fintech Hub is ready to give out money to the person who can come up with an idea that can tackle economic mobility in Charlotte.

  Oprah participates in WBTV’s Community Conversation: A Healthy Mind, Body, & Soul

Before Oprah’s January visit, she participated in WBTV’s Community Conversation: A Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul. The conversation aired Thursday October 24th. Oprah told WBTV’s Dedrick Russell for some people acquiring and maintaining a healthy mind, body and soul comes with time.

  Community Conversation: A Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul

WBTV presents an all new Community Conversation: A Healthy Mind, Body and Soul. It will provide steps for people to live healthier lifestyles. A study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings shows less than 3% of Americans live healthy.

Local resources to help on journey to a healthy mind, body and soul

  YMCA and Atrium team up for Wellness on Wheels mobile unit

  Could container homes work in Charlotte?

  CMS School Board considers establishing an Office of Compliance and Transparency

  Charlotte holds first Hispanic Leadership Academy

  The Post Foundation honors WBTV veteran reporter Steve Crump

  Promising future for black-owned businesses in Charlotte

Black owned businesses are opening up in West Charlotte.

  Community helps repair home of family dealing with life challenges

The family says they are grateful the community chipped in. Some were strangers who heard about the effort and pitched in.

  Oprah Winfrey comes to town for UNCF event

A signature fundraising event for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) was held Saturday in Charlotte at the Westin. It was a sold out event. More than 1000 people gathered to raise money to support students who attend an Historically Black College and University (HBCU's).

  New mobile business targets the spine

There is a new business in town that targets your spine. Dr. Darryll Williams has been a chiropractor for about 10 years. He says he thought of this business when some of his customers were missing their appointments.

  Trade hub launch takes place at Charlotte’s R400 Summit

Reconnect, Reconcile, Reclaim, and Rebuild are the words used to describe an international conference that's happening in Charlotte. The Park Church is hosting the R400 conference. The conference comes on the 400th anniversary of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

  US Small Business Administration comes to Johnson C. Smith University

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) spent some time at Johnson C. Smith University for an Entrepreneurial Summit. It was the first of its kind event at the Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The SBA is targeting HBCU’s to create more business owners.

  Man says God told him to build affordable housing

Terae Hill says he has flipped about 100 homes since he's been here in Charlotte. He says flipping homes is lucrative. Hill says he has already targeted 14 homes to flip for a profit. He says he was ready to proceed with his mission until a divine intervention interrupted his plans.

  Women’s Advisory Board focuses on making life better for women in Mecklenburg County

The board is now putting together a list of recommendations to present to county commissioners about what needs to be done to make life better for women.

  Going from Central Park 5 to Exonerated 5: Kevin Richardson’s story

Richardson and the four others were exonerated in 2002. He says they have not received an apology from the people who were responsible for putting them behind bars.

  Carolina Panthers team up with JCSU to tackle diversity

The Carolina Panthers tackled Diversity and Inclusion Tuesday at Bank of America Stadium. About 60 Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) students were invited to participate in a panel discussion entitled “Making Strides in Diversity and Sports.”

  Getting a meditation program inside Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Some school districts are now relying on meditation to help bring order to the classrooms and bring calm to disruptive students. Some school districts are opting to use meditation than detention. The Heartfulness Institute Program has been around for about 20 years.

  Samaritan’s Feet giving out shoes to Lake Arbor neighbors

Samaritan's Feet wants Lake Arbor residents to make sure they are not forgotten. The organization is teaming up with other partners to have a day of caring for the residents who are facing hard times.

  Help for Lake Arbor neighbors may not be enough

The organization Community Link is helping Lake Arbor residents find housing. The apartment complex has been in need of major repairs ranging from mold to rodents. The landlord is making the repairs and asking tenants to leave the complex while they are made.

New program tackling economic mobility presents first graduating class

31 students recently graduated from the Carolina Fintech Hub program called WIN (Workforce Investment Network). They were the first graduating class.

  Special elevators to rescue people in BofA Tower during emergencies are first on the east coast

Special elevators are now located at the new Bank of America Tower in Uptown Charlotte. They are called Occupant Evacuation Operation (OEO) Elevators

  Talking about increasing wages for city contracted workers on Labor Day

On Labor Day 2019 politicians are talking about how to raise the wages of some city contracted workers. The city outsources custodial jobs. Mecklenburg County Commissioner Vilma Leake says several people who work as custodians at the Government Center only make $7.25 an hour.

  History Making Marines In Town for Convention

Some history making Marines recently spent some time in Charlotte right before Labor Day. The National Montford Point Marine Association held its 54th Convention in the Queen City. The Montford Point Marines were the first African Americans allowed to join the Marine Corps.

  Community Matters Cafe giving people a second chance

The Community Matters Cafe opened in April and already it is changing lives and serving good food. The cafe is part of the Charlotte Rescue Mission. It gives those battling drug addiction a second chance to get their lives back together through treatment and hard work.

  Citizens Review Board waiting for changes to CMPD’s use of deadly force policy

Charlotte Citizens Review Board (CRB) is ready for Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) to change its policy concerning the Use of Force. The CRB has already submitted proposed changes to the police department.

  Churches come together with bail bond company to help those in jail

Not only will the church help them get out of jail, but will also mentor them and support them to stay on the right path so they can be productive citizens.

  Miss North Carolina on a mission to get more African American females to go for a crown

Her mission was to tell students about her platform and to talk to students about entering the pageant world. For the first time, Miss USA, Miss America, and Miss Teen USA are all African American.

  An organization helps working professionals afford homes in Charlotte

The Charlotte Housing Partnership has been busy trying to get people into affordable housing. The organization has been around for more than 30 years

  New sidewalk in Indian Land helps keep students safe

Safety is a priority for students who walk to Indian Land Middle School and Indian Land High School. For a long time students have been walking on the side of the road and sometimes in the road to get to school.

  CMS Board Chair says district won’t be silent concerning racist letters

24 hours after a racist letter was sent targeting Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) new superintendent Earnest Winston -who is African American - school board chair Mary McCray is not taking this lightly.

  Sandy Hook parent wants gun violence considered a public health crisis

More than 250 mass shootings have happened in America so far this year. That number is causing some to believe that gun violence should be considered a public health crisis.

  Career fair in Mecklenburg Co. Jail is getting the job done

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden wants to keep Career Fairs going inside the jails. The Career Fair has been happening for years and McFadden wants to take it to the next level. So far this year there have been two Career Fairs inside the Mecklenburg County Jail.

  Is new coffee shop in Indian Land causing a ‘coffee war’?

There's a unique 250 sq. ft. coffee shop that has opened in Indian Land along Hwy 521. It is called Burr and Berry. It is a drive-thru and walk-up coffee shop. There is none like it in Indian Land.

  New YBLA Leaders Want to take Organization Nationwide

The Young Black Leaders Alliance (YBLA) has been in Charlotte for more than 13 years. It has helped many African American young males and females accomplish their goals and become leaders. This year YBLA is changing things up.

  CMS Board Chair responds to selection of new Superintendent and criticism

Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) District Board Chair Mary McCray calls new CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston solid and has no doubt he will do a good job. She believes he will offer the district stability and will restore confidence.

  Amateur Charlotte Tennis Tournament promotes sport and court play

Malcolm Graham is adding tennis tournament director to his title. His foundation - Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation - named after his sister - is sponsoring Charlotte's Premier Amateur Tennis Championship. It takes place August 16-18.

  CEO of Urban League of Central Carolinas talks about economic mobility

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Urban League of Central Carolinas Teddy McDaniel is weighing in on economic mobility in Charlotte. He has been in Charlotte for two years and has noticed what's working and what's not working.

  What CMS is getting out of hiring a PR firm

We are told the firm assisted with several items including statements read by board members.

  Community Conversation with Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio

The county manager knows there is a big difference between living the American Dream and living in reality for many in Charlotte.

  Fifth Third Bank helps small businesses get a piece of the ‘billion-dollar pie’

Fifth Third Bank wants to help small businesses succeed. Kala Gibson is Head of Fifth Third’s Business Banking. He was in town at Black Enterprise 2019 Leadership Conference in Charlotte telling people not to give up on their dream of owning a small business.

  Charlotte Mecklenburg School District Stopped Fingerprinting for a Year

Charlotte Mecklenburg School District (CMS) stopped fingerprinting new employees for about a year. CMS says it paused fingerprinting in July, 2018 because it changed companies. CMS says 3,533 employees were hired between July 2018 - June 30, 2019. They weren't fingerprinted and that thought concern

  Black Enterprise Leadership Conference inspiring entrepreneurs in Charlotte

The Black Enterprise 2019 Black Business Conference has welcomed more than 1,000 Entrepreneurs to Charlotte to learn how to improve their business.

Excelsior Club now under contract

The owner of the Excelsior Club received a bit of good news Thursday.

  Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum discusses future of Eastland Mall site

The old Eastland Mall site was the topic of conversation at the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum. People in the community showed up to hear the developer from Crosland Southeast discuss potential plans for the once iconic site.

  Youth Offenders in Mecklenburg County Jail Get to See Daylight

Young offenders locked up at Detention Center North are now allowed to go outside three times a week for two hours to play football, corn-hole, soccer, badminton and volleyball.

  The Excelsior Club gets referred to city’s Economic and Development Committee

Monday, Charlotte City Council unanimously referred The Excelsior Club to the city's Economic and Development Committee. At -Large City Councilman James Mitchell is the chair. He will instruct city staff to see how much money it will take to bring the building back up to code.

  Time is running out to save Charlotte’s historic Excelsior Club

Time is running out for the Excelsior Club located in West Charlotte. It is the first black club in Charlotte, NC. It opened in 1944 and closed its doors in 2016. There was a one year moratorium set from demolishing the historic landmark.

  Two Pastors united by hate crime, come together to talk about race

The two churches began their mission to do their part to help tear down the walls of racism. The pastors believe this was God's assignment for them.

  Diversity and Inclusion Team now part of District Attorney’s Office

Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather has created something he says is a first in North Carolina. His office now has a Diversity and Inclusion Team.

  WBTV Community Conversation: Reading, Writing, and Race

WBTV’s Community Conversation: Reading, Writing, and Race will discuss the use of the "N" word and why it is still used today.

  Charlotte ministers react to video of fatal officer-involved shooting

Charlotte community leaders are responding to the video released Monday of the latest Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police (CMPD) fatal officer-involved shooting.

  Charlotte woman goes from homeless to author

Blanche Gaddy, who has been homeless twice, didn’t let the challenges she was going through prevent her from using her gift of writing to produced a book while she was in the shelter.

  First responders open up about need for more diversity in the workplace

The event is open to all companies and people in the Charlotte community and surrounding areas. Leaders believe this is the perfect time to talk about diversity.

  Charlotte Fire Chief discusses goals ahead of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference

The City of Charlotte is hosting its first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference, the first of its kind in North Carolina, between April 14-April 17 this year.

  Local churches step up to tackle Affordable Housing

Some local churches are stepping up to help Charlotte's affordable housing problem. It is estimated about 24,000 homes are needed to assist people who are desperately seeking affordable housing.

  Charlotte radio stations silencing R. Kelly after documentary series

The recent documentary series about musical artist R. Kelly and his alleged inappropriate relationships with girls has hit a chord with the Charlotte radio community. Radio stations have decided to pull R. Kelly's music.

  Bennett College shatters goal and raises $8.2 million to keep it’s accreditation

Through donations from the community, local and national companies, and former and current students, Bennett College not only reached their goal but shattered it.

  WBTV Community Conversation: Black Boys and the Promised Land

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed the Promised Land is a place that offers a quality education, economic mobility, and a place where people could pursue their dreams.