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Queen City Battle of the Bands
From Queen City Battle of the Bands, Aug. 23 at Charlotte Memorial Stadium

GanttFest 2014
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture hosted its annual GanttFest on July 26 in celebration of the art and culture of the Diaspora. It was a day of fun and family activities including hands-on workshops, storytelling, interactive exhibits, film screenings, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, health screenings and much more. This year, the Gantt also celebrated its 40th Anniversary.

AKA Boule 2014
The ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. held their 66th Boule in the Queen City July 12-18. The Roof Top at the Epicentre was a sea of pink and green as sorors partied under the stars in Uptown Charlotte. (PHOTOS BY PAUL WILLIAMS III)

The Gray Classic 2014
The sixth annual Gray Classic Golf Tournament was held in Charlotte July 17-19. Each year during the four-day golf and networking event, several events are held throughout the city including a welcome reception, business roundtable, women’s empowerment brunch and charity golf tournament. A portion of the proceeds benefit the 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte’s mentorship program. (PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL WILLIAMS III)

Out & About - July 22, 2014
The Gray Classic was held in Charlotte July 17-20. This year was the biggest to date for the annual four-day charity event. Former NBA player Norm Nixon came to town to promote wife Debbie Allen's production of "Brothers of the Knight." Plus, the 2014 Freedom School Gala was held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Women Who Lead Luncheon - June 28
The 12th annual UNCF Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon was held June 28 at The Westin Charlotte featuring the much-anticipated HATitude Competition. This year marked the first time the luncheon was held without its namesake. A special tribute was held for Angelou, who died in May at the age of 86. (Photography by Daniel Coston).

Bends, Brunch & Bubbly - June 1
All In PR and The Crowne Hotel of Charlotte hosted the Bends, Brunch and Bubbly charity event for Charlotte professionals on June 1. Attendees, which included NBA legend Muggsy Bogues, Carolina Panther Byron Bell and the Ace & TJ Show’s Lindsay Gladden, enjoyed a brunch buffet complete with unlimited bubbly and a celebrity yoga session in support of Always Believe Foundation and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. (PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL WILLIAMS III)

Deltas of Charlotte Charity Bachelor Auction 5/17/14
Deltas of Charlotte Foundation held its 10th Annual Charity Bachelor Auction, “The 2014 Diamond Collection: The Real Men of the QC,” May 17 at the McGlohon Theater in Spirit Square. Ramona Holloway and Jessica “The Girl Next Door” hosted the live auction, which gave ladies an opportunity to bid on dates with some of Charlotte’s most successful eligible bachelors ages 25-65. Proceeds from the event will be used to support programs that improve the quality of life for women and families in the greater Charlotte region. (PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL WILLIAMS III)

The Jetpool Hangar Pairings Party 5/19/14
The William Wilson Foundation held its annual signature fundraiser, the William Wilson Celebrity Invitational, May 19-20. The two-day event kicked off Monday night with The Jetpool Hangar Pairings Party, where guests got a taste of the “jet set lifestyle,” enjoying gourmet hors d'oeuvres and spirits while mingling with celebrities and lounging on private jets and luxury cars. The event served as a fundraiser for the William E. Wilson Scholarship Fund for survivors of domestic violence and Autism Speaks. (PHOTOS BY PAUL WILLIAMS III)

Black In America
Critically acclaimed journalist, educator and mentor, Soledad O'Brien, hosted a powerful discussion focused on uncovering and sharing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity. Joining O'Brien for the panel discussion was Charlotte community leaders Dr. Patrick C. Graham, President & CEO, Urban League of Central Carolinas, Tiffany Capers, Managing Director - Growth, Development, Partnerships, Teach For America, Charlotte and Ron Stodghill, author, journalist and Director, Innovo Laboratory at Johnson C. Smith University. Photos by Pam Palmer, PPT Photography

 
  
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