News briefs for April 13

Festival honors African-American heritage

CHARLOTTE – The sixth annual Charlotte African American Festival is a celebration of the rich heritage and accomplishments of the African-American community.

Special attractions will include a journey through the Underground Railroad with a Harriet Tubman impersonator, The Ashanti Pageant and The Black History Walk of Fame, which features impersonations of famous African-Americans.

It will include exhibits, musical performances, art, literature, food, dancers, drummers, speakers, vendors and recognition.

The festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 14 and 3 to 9 p.m. April 15 at Blumenthal’s Spirit Square, 345 North College St. Proceeds from the festival will support media and broadcasting programs.

Email or call 704-777-9928 for details.

Ballantyne celebrates Earth Day with music, vendors

CHARLOTTE – Ballantyne Earth Day will feature music, a farmer’s market, food truck fare, on-site dog adoptions, great giveaways and more than 40 vendors showcasing sustainable efforts or green products.

The event takes place 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 20 at The Ballantyne’s Brixham Tent, 15801 Brixham Hill Ave. There’s also opportunities to shred recyclables and participate in a volunteer project, Togetherhood.

Visit for more information.

Final Providence Chamber Music Series set for May 6

CHARLOTTE – The Madison Park String Quartet performs Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49 and String Quartet No. 1, Op. 21 by Paul Ben-Haim in the final installment of the Providence Chamber Music Series.

These two lesser-known quartets, composed within a year of each other, cover a broad range of styles incorporating Israeli folk tunes, French Impressionism and Neoclassicism.

The free event starts at 7 p.m. May 6 at Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road. Call 704-333-9536 or 704-366-7442 or visit for details.

Flair loses WWE championship

CHARLOTTE – Two days after winning one of the most heralded matches at Wrestlemania 34, Charlotte Flair lost her WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship after getting brutally attacked.

A bleeding Flair made Asuka tap out in submission at Wrestlemania after putting the undefeated wrestler in the Figure 8 leglock on April 8 in the Superdome. Asuka’s win streak in the WWE dates back to 2015.

Flair made an appearance at the April 10 episode of SmackDown, where she was attacked by Billie Kay and Peyton Royce. After the beating, Carmella cashed in her Money in the Bank briefcase, which gives her an automatic title shot. Carmella kicked the battered Flair in the face and pinned her to win the title.

Flair, whose real name is Ashley Fliehr, is a Providence High School graduate.

Driggs, Egleston to address League of Women Voters

CHARLOTTE – City Councilmen Ed Driggs and Larken Egleston will address the League of Women Voters about their plans to address some of the challenges facing Charlotte.

Driggs serves on the economic development and budget committees, while Egleston sits on the environment and transportation committees. Both are on the housing and neighborhood planning committees.

The free event starts at 6:30 p.m. April 17 at The Midwood International and Cultural Center (room 210), 1817 Central Ave.. RSVP by emailing

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Grad goes from NCAA Tourney to Naval Academy

CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Catholic High School graduate Josh Brodowicz received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, according to Congressman Robert Pittenger.

Brodowicz is a point guard for the Queens University Royals, who on March 22 lost to Northern State in double overtime during the NCAA Division II national semifinals. His father graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1984, and his older brother graduated last year.

Josh graduated from Charlotte Catholic in 2016. He is the son of Mark and Carla Brodowicz.

Brodowicz is one of 11 students to receive a U.S. Service Academy appointment for 2017-18.

Myers Park senior appointed to West Point

CHARLOTTE – Myers Park High School senior Henry Thompson has received an appointment to West Point, according to Congressman Robert Pittenger.

Thompson teaches beginner lacrosse to children at the YMCA, tutors peers in calculus and physics, and served as a summer intern in Pittenger’s Washington office.

Thompson, the son of Kevin Thompson and Holly Withers, is one of 11 local students to receive a United States Service Academy appointment for 2017-18.

Labor council makes several election endorsements

CHARLOTTE – Members of the Southern Piedmont Central Labor Council, a federation of unions of working people in the Charlotte metro-area, has released endorsements for the May 8 election.

• US Congress – D9 Dan McCready, D10 Gina Collias and D12 Alma Adams.

• NC Senate – D34 William (Bill) Howell and D38 Mujtaba A Mohammed.

• NC House – D83 Senah Andrews, D89 Greg Cranford, D92 Chaz Beasley, D98 Christy Clark, D99 Rodney W Moore, D100 John Autry, D101 Carolyn Logan and D106 Carla Cunningham.

• Mecklenburg County Commission – Trevor M Fuller (at-large), Jamie Hildreth (at-large), Ray McKinnon (at-large), Vilma Leake (district 2), George Dunlap (district 3) and Mark Jerrell (district 4).

• District Attorney – Spencer Merriweather.

• Sheriff – Garry McFadden.

Children’s book targets adults

CHARLOTTE – “Willy the Wave,” a new book by William Boccalatte, as been released by RoseDog Books.

The story was originally written for children. However, the more the author shared the story with adults, he discovered they, too, could learn some of the deeper aspects from the life of Willy. The intent is to bring your mind to a child-like state and let Willy the Wave share some of his wisdom with you.

The purpose of this story is to reveal there is another sense of perception that humans can discover.

The 36-page hardcover costs $24.


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