Sarafina Wright

Producer

Sarafina Wright is the "All Things Considered" producer for WFAE 90.7 Charlotte’s NPR Source. Before coming to WFAE, she worked as a political correspondent for EBONY.com, staff writer at the Washington Informer and editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge in Washington, DC. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Howard University. When she's not writing professionally, Sarafina can be found blogging at www.sarafinasaid.com or hanging out with her book club, Charlotte West. 

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CMPD is seeking the public's help in solving the murder of a man who was found dead in west Charlotte Monday morning. 35-year-old Melson Quince was discovered hours after officers responded to an initial call of gunshots at Club Nikki’s on Little Rock Road.

NBA All-Star
Sarafina Wright

This All-Star weekend, the NBA takes center stage. But around Charlotte, the mothers, wives and partners of your favorite players held events to empower women.

With NBA All-Star game uptown this weekend, the Charlotte Hornets are getting more attention.

But there was a time when Charlotte was a two-basketball-team city - the Hornets and their sister team, the Charlotte Sting. Dawn Staley was one of the most well-known players for the Sting.

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Charlotte’s own R&B star Anthony Hamilton will perform the national anthem at the 68th annual NBA All-Star Game Sunday. Hamilton said he hopes he can put a new meaning on the Star Spangled Banner.

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In 1993, Juan “Jay” Whipple held his first Queen City Tour, an excursion that highlights black history throughout Charlotte. Whipple, a Miami native, first took an interest in the city’s history in the early ‘80s when he visited for the first time.

With the tall buildings in uptown and people dressed in suits, Charlotte left an impression on him.

Nina Simone
Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte

"Nina Simone: Four Women" presented by the Actors Theatre of Charlotte is one of the entertainment options available around Charlotte this weekend. And it leads off our conversation as we debut a weekly segment on local entertainment that will air Thursday afternoons during All Things Considered on WFAE from 4:00 to 6:30 pm. 

Fellaship
Fellaship

Carolina Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton said his recovery from shoulder surgery is going well, an injury that especially plagued him the last half of the season. But until he's fully recovered, Newton said he's been working on another project: his new cigar lounge "Fellaship" in Atlanta, Georgia. 

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An estimated 57,000 households in Mecklenburg County receive government food benefits, but come March, those benefits could run out due to the partial federal government shutdown. On Sunday, February’s benefits were distributed early to those people who receive nutritional assistance.

Johnson C. Smith University
WFAE

Each year in the United States, about 700 women die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, the risk of pregnancy-related death for black women is three to four times higher than it is for white women. 

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On this day we remember the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and his legacy in the Civil Rights Movement. We also want to remember the people who helped him and continued his legacy. In Charlotte, one of those people was Reginald Hawkins, a dentist and a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University.