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U.S. Rep. Alma Adams weighed in Saturday following the mass murders in El Paso, Texas, saying, “We cannot allow this to become our new normal.”
Adams, who represents a district that covers much of Charlotte, had been in El Paso a day earlier to “investigate the impact of the Trump administration’s failed, inhumane immigration policies,” she said in a statement prior to her departure. She had gone there with nearly two dozen other members of Congress.
Twenty people died and 26 were injured in the border town when a man opened fired at a Walmart. Many of the dead and injured were Mexican nationals. Authorities believe the suspect was motivated by a hatred for Mexican immigrants.
Like other congressional Democrats, Adams called on the Republican-led Senate to take up gun safety legislation that passed the House last spring.
Context: In March, Democrats in the House passed two gun-related bills:
  • One would give the FBI 10 days (instead of the current three days) to complete a background check on someone trying to buy a gun from a licensed dealer.
  • Another bill passed by Democrats would expand background checks to include firearms sold at gun shows, online and by private individuals.
Did You Know: House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn of South Carolina introduced the bill that would give the government more time to conduct background checks. The bill is meant to close what’s known as “the Charleston loophole.” In 2015, Dylann Roof, who had a criminal history involving drug possession, was able to buy a gun even though the FBI needed more time to complete his background check. An avowed racist, Roof used that gun to murder nine black people during a prayer service inside a Charleston church.

~Glenn H. Burkins
Here in Charlotte: Residents and law enforcement continue to address concerns about the city's rising number of violent crimes.    
Communities are coming together on Aug. 6 to show their support of "no tolerance for crime.” Charlotte-Mecklenburg police will join neighborhoods across the city for National Night Out. The annual community-building campaign aims to create safer neighborhoods by strengthening camaraderie among neighbors and building relationships with local police officers.

More than 70 free events will take place on Tuesday, from block parties to porch sit-ins. See the list of National Night Out events happening in your neighborhood. 
New school year, new Superintendent: When the majority of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools open on Aug. 26, the district will have a new leader at the helm. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education voted unanimously to name Earnest Winston as CMS Superintendent during a special meeting on Friday. 

What Winston lacks in traditional experience -- typically, an advanced degree and serving as a principal for at least a year -- the board believed his classroom experience and leadership in several CMS executive roles was enough. Moreso, the carousel of superintendents in the past eight years could've played a factor in the board foregoing a national search to prioritize “a strong, steady guiding light already here in our community.”

Do you think it was the right decision?

Winston had been serving as acting superintendent since the board suspended Clayton Wilcox on July 15. He resigned days later for reasons still unknown to the public.

Read the full story.
August is National Black Business Month: The nation’s 2.6 million Black-owned businesses generate $150 billion in annual revenue and employ 3.56 million people, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Survey of Business Owners. We've compiled 10 Qcitymetro stories highlighting Charlotte-based businesses.

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Introducing Qcity Newcomers: More than 60 people move to Charlotte every day. Our series "Qcity Newcomers" introduces transplants to the Queen City. Our latest newcomer is Marvin Superville. The former education administrator traded New York City traffic for a new career, warmer weather and shorter commutes.

Meet Marvin.

Have you, or someone you know, lived in Charlotte for a year or less? Let us introduce you to the community as a Qcity Newcomer.
Students in the Hack & Hustle Social Entrepreneurship Academy completed their program with a pitch competition on Friday, where they presented their STEM-based products and services to a panel of judges.
‘Our homes have been stolen from us.’ Uptown redevelopment stirs debate on reparations (Charlotte Observer)

Young Black Leadership Alliance announces assistant county manager and former Charlotte school leader as new leadership

Monica, Busta Rhymes and other concerts coming to Charlotte this month

Charleston's tourism agency creates website to tout African American history (WFAE)
If you like our Morning Brew, you'll love our Qcity Press Club -- a members-only group devoted to connecting smart and curious people. This month, members can save $15 on selected seats at COMMON's "Let Love Tour," Aug. 23 at Belk Theater. (Discount courtesy of Blumenthal Performing Arts.)
New South for the New Southerner: Communities in Charlotte – LGBTQ Charlotte (Tues.): Josh Burford is back in Charlotte this month to co-lead an oral history project. (sponsored)

Adrian Crutchfield’s Private Party – A Block Party Themed Live Music Event (Sat.): A concert party featuring a fusion of live jazz, R&B and funk, anchored by saxophonist Adrian Crutchfield, with special guest The Terrence Young Experience and jazz veteran Ocie Davis. (

#YPMixerCLT (Tues.): Learn more about connecting with the local community while networking with other young professionals in Charlotte.

Convos & Neo-Soul (Tues.): A laid back atmosphere of food, cocktails and neo-soul music.

Need more ideas for things to do? Our events calendar has you covered. 
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