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Worst of the Worst

Politicos, historical figures and controversies

This issue has them all! Starting with Lt. Governor Mark Robinson and Representative Madison Cawthorn — the Ugliest of the Ugly some have called them. And they’re not talking about appearances, either. Behavior is what’s at stake here. It’s not hard to pinpoint when civility went flying out the window in government.

Then, we take a look at the History of Bad Carolinians who took aim at the LGBTQ community and some more recent Mo’ Better Badness. Read it all below and view this week’s full online issue here.

The Worst of the Worst: Robinson vs. Cawthorn  

The Ugliest of the Ugly some have called them, and they’re not talking about appearances, either. Behavior is what’s at stake here. It’s not hard to pinpoint when civility went flying out the window in government, but that’s not what we’re here to rehash.  In this article, we’re here to look at the relatively recent […]

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History’s Worst of the Worst

Charlotte and North Carolina have a long history of embarrassing individuals that have captured national attention. While politics of the 21st century have seemingly brought out the worst in so many people, we had a fair share of bad guys in years past. […]

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Mo’ better badness

Ever been in a situation when you knew someone wasn’t being exactly honest, but you just couldn’t quite figure out who? When you apply the theory of Occam’s razor it’s usually not that hard to find your answer. Bring up such a theoretical […]

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Why does Charlotte have two Pride organizations?

by Matt Comer (he/him) Charlotte Pride Communications Director Unlike other cities, Charlotte gets not one, but three continuous months of Pride! Each June we celebrate Pride Month. In August, we celebrate the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade. Tucked in between, Charlotte Black Pride hosts their events each July. Our three months of Pride […]

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WWJD: Exploring the stigma of testing and living with HIV in faith communities

National HIV Testing Day is June 27. It’s one of many HIV/AIDS awareness days designed to reduce the stigma of testing and living with HIV. The day is also about bringing awareness to an epidemic that has already lasted 40 years too long. In some parts of the southern United States, where the […]

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Our People:  Charlotte Black Pride

Typically, this column features an interesting LGBTQ community member from the Carolinas. This month, while Pride Season continues, we thought it would be fun to do things just a little bit differently. This edition will feature one pride filled group with input by board participants from Charlotte Black Pride, because they are our people […]

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Read the full issue from July 8, 2022


Charlotte Black Pride is from July 17 – 24 for a weeklong celebration. For a full list of events visit charlotteblackpride.org.

Throughout Charlotte

June 17-24, 2022

Sorting Out Charlotte with Dr. Tom Hanchett

One of the largest and fastest-growing cities in the South, Charlotte, North Carolina, came of age in the New South decades of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, transforming itself from a rural courthouse village to the trading and financial hub of America’s premier textile manufacturing region.

In this lecture, Thomas Hanchett traces the city’s spatial evolution over the course of a century, exploring the interplay of national trends and local forces that shaped Charlotte, and, by extension, other New South urban centers.

Hanchett argues that racial and economic segregation are not age-old givens, but products of a decades-long process. Well after the Civil War, Charlotte’s whites and blacks, workers and business owners, all lived intermingled in a “salt-and-pepper” pattern. The rise of large manufacturing enterprises in the 1880s and 1890s brought social and political upheaval, however, and the city began to sort out into a “checkerboard” of distinct neighborhoods segregated by both race and class. When urban renewal and other federal funds became available in the mid- twentieth century, local leaders used the money to complete the sorting out process, creating a “sector” pattern in which wealthy Whites increasingly lived on one side of town and Blacks on the other.

Free to attend. RSVP at the link below

Time Out Youth

Charlotte, NC

June 18

6-8 p.m.