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Wednesday, July 18, 2018 through Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 through Tuesday, July 24, 2018

NCLBC Chair to GOP: 'Reconsider Beatty Appointment'


State Sen. Erica Smith (D-Bertie), chair of the NC Legislative Black Caucus, has now weighed in, on behalf of the NCLBC, on the growing controversy over the Republican-led legislative majority rejecting Gov. Roy Cooper’s nomination of former Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety Bryan Beatty, an African-American, for a special superior court seat on June 29th as the short session was ending.

“Secretary Beatty has an outstanding background of service to our statesmen.” Sen. Smith said in a statement Monday. “It is appalling that the GOP supermajority refused to appoint him as a special superior court judge without any explanation. This is not only an attack against Governor Cooper but all of us.”

“Secretary Beatty was voted out with no explanation whatsoever. The North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus fully supports Secretary Beatty and calls for the GOP to reconsider this appoint,” the NCLBC chairwoman continued. More ↠

Lenoir-Rhyne Announces New Dean of University Library Services

Frank Quinn


HICKORY, N.C. – Frank Quinn, Ph.D., has been named as Lenoir-Rhyne University’s new dean of University library services. He assumed the role on July 1, after the retirement of Rita Johnson who previously served in the position for seven years.
Prior to his appointment at LR, Quinn served as director of Ryan Library at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, since 2006. In this role, Quinn provided collection oversight and management of a 170,000-vollume collection and guided a library staff of 11. His leadership helped increase the number of accessible subscription databases from 38 to 80. Quinn also led an initiative to improve faculty handbook language for librarian promotion and the tenure process, and he planned and coordinated two major renovations to the library, among other accomplishments. More ↠

Charlotte City Council will pursue hosting 2020 RNC


Charlotte skyline
Downtown Charlotte Skyline
Photo by Fran Farrer
CHARLOTTE, NC— By a narrow, single vote margin Monday night, Charlotte City Council voted to continue pursuit of Charlotte’s bid to host the 2020 Republican National Convention. The 6-5 vote came after a packed City Council chamber was opened up for public comments that came mostly from protests that urged elected officials to withdraw from making a final application to bring the RNC2020 to the Queen City.

The focus of opposition was likelihood that President Donald Trump would be the party’s nominee for re-election. Protestors and even most City Council persons against proceeding with the City’s bid had based their opposition primarily on President Trump’s initial campaign for the GOP’s 2016 nomination and what they commonly describe as his divisive tenure as the nation’s leader and Commander In Chief. Many have characterized his latest actions following his private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as “treasonous.” Most opponents viewed the City Council’s vote to bring the convention here would be perceived as a Trump endorsement. More ↠

The Black Press Challenges Fake News
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Panelists discuss the effects of “fake news” on the Black community during the NNPA’s 2018 annual convention in Norfolk, Va. TCN photos by Fran Farrer


As Donald Trump’s persistent “fake news” rhetoric continues to fester in the media, Black publishers across the Nation, recently took charge of the conversation, giving way to a special forum entitled “Black Press vs. Fake News.”

The forum took place during the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s (NNPA) annual convention. Dorothy Leavell, the chairman of NNPA and publisher of the Chicago Crusader, the Gary Crusader and the Chicago Reader, moderated the dialogue about misinformation in mainstream media.

“What do we do in this age of fake news?” Leavell said. “Our struggles and our truths have been at the forefront of battling fake news throughout history.”

Leavell continued: “In 1827, we battled the lie that we were nothing more than three-fifths of a human, spearheaded by the Freedom’s Journal, the nation’s first Black-owned and operated newspaper, which stepped in and showed us different. In 1895, activist Ida B. Wells, who established the ‘Memphis Free Speech;’ refuted the fake news of her day—concerning the mythical rape of a White woman.”

Leavell said that, throughout history, Black people have been victimized by the proliferation of fake news and misinformation, More ↠

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