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Charlotte Black Pride founder Jermaine Nakia Lee receives $50k grant

Lee plans to use funds to produce B’way-style play ‘For the Love of Harlem’

Charlotte resident and LGBTQ+ activist Jermaine Nakia Lee received a $50,000 grant from the inaugural ASC (Arts and Science Council) Founders Grant program. According to the ASC Charlotte website, the grants are meant to “support visionary artists who build and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to community in Charlotte-Mecklenburg by directly engaging residents through relevant and innovative cultural experiences.”

When Lee was told he would be one of the six recipients of the ASC grant, he felt overcome with emotion. 

“One of the representatives from the Arts and Science Council, Adam, called to tell me personally, and I broke down crying,” Lee explains. “I felt like I got a hug from the community.” […]

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Moral Monday rally attracts supportive crowd, speakers

By David Aaron Moore

While the size of the crowd on hand for the Moral Monday rally held in Charlotte July 24, wasn’t as large as those experienced during the last decade, the hundreds on hand delivered a message that packed a powerful punch […]

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Trans teen murdered near Pageland, SC

By Taylor Heeden

The Fourth of July is normally a celebration, but for the loved ones of Jacob Williamson, it was a nightmare turned reality […]

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Keep Saying Gay playlist

By Gregg Shapiro

It was probably only a matter of time before two of the biggest queer names in Americana/country crossover collaborated, but we’re glad they did. Brandy Clark’s new, eponymous Warner Records album was produced by Grammy-winner Brandi Carlile who also plays on all but one of the 11 tracks […]

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GOP out of control with anti-trans hate

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is the latest 2024 Republican presidential contender to tout his anti-transgender cred in a bid to win over GOP primary voters […]

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Judge refuses to reinstate Florida’s drag ban

A drag ban in Florida has suffered a second legal defeat as a federal judge refused to allow the law to go back into effect after an earlier ruling placed a temporary injunction against it […]

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Impact of COVID-19 still being felt

Millions of people who lost their ability to taste or smell after a COVID-19 infection have had their senses return, according to a recent study […]

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