We Are OFF AIR – Charlotte Community Radio Thanks You

We Are Off Air - Charlotte Community Radio Thanks YouThanks for the LOVE groovy people of Charlotte. We thoroughly enjoyed playing music for you and talking with the many in-studio guests that came through our doors.

If you want to keep in touch with any of our hosts, take a look at any one of their blog posts to find their contact information. If you want to keep in touch with our co-founders, Melvin Nix and Bridget B. Sullivan, they can be found on Twitter & Instagram as: @MelvinNix & @SullyBridgetB.

Don’t forget, you can listen to past recordings here or here.

We’ll post the last Voices From The Community show here once it’s uploaded.

Be Well Groovy People.
Bridget B.


Tea Time May 23rd: Bree Stallings, Using Art As A Vehicle For Social Change

Photo of Bree StallingsArtist, Poet, Model, Art/Social Activist are all words that describe Bree Stallings. Armed with her BA degree from Queens University, Charlotte, NC, in Studio Art and Creative Writing, Bree is well on her way to raising awareness in the areas that she regards as a high priority. I first met Bree in 2012 or 2013 at a Project Art Aid event that she helped coordinate with the program’s founder, Rosalia Torres Weiner and we have been friends ever since.

Stallings’ works of art, poetry, and mixed-media collage have been covered and published in various print and online magazines including Creative Loafing, Charlotte Viewpoint, Indigo Rising, My City Magazine, MAYO, The Borgen Project, Society Charlotte, Charlotte Magazine etc. Recently Brees’ partnership with the Mecklenburg County Health Department and students at Behailu Academy have provided the opportunity for 3 large-scale public art murals in designated “food deserts” to highlight the pressing issue of food insecurity in our communities.

Currently, Bree teaches adults and children drawing, painting, comic book illustration and animation at Community School of the Arts, and is the lead teaching artist at Behailu Academy, a free non-profit after school program for students in low socio-economic scoring neighborhoods. Through programs, curated art shows and fundraisers she has helped organize, Bree, alongside her creative team and partnerships with Project Art Aid, Behailu Academy, the Mecklenburg County Health Department, the Disappearing Frog Project, Pearls for Creative Healing and many more, Stallings has helped to raise over $50,000 for furthering development in Charlotte’s art and humanities scene.

I think we will have quite a bit to discuss, so please tune into my last, LIVE Tea Time with Tenya talk show on Charlotte Community Radio,Tuesday, May 23rd, as I chat with Bree about art and activism. Show starts at 6:30pmEst.

Image for Tea Teme with TenyaTea Time, hosted by jazz musician Tenya Colemon, airs every other Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm via CharlotteCommunityRadio.org, CLTCRadi.org or use the Mixlr app where you can chat with our hosts and guests alike.

Tenya Colemon ~ Tea Time

JAZZ LIVES!!! May 18th: My Final LIVE Broadcast

Photo of Curtis "CurtJazz" Davenport, host of JAZZ LIVES!!! on Charlotte Community Radio

Curtis @CurtJazz Davenport

Well, it’s been fun…

With Charlotte Community Radio going off air this month, the last LIVE edition of JAZZ LIVES!!! with CurtJazz, will air Thursday, May 18th from 6:00pm to 9:00pmEst.

When Bridget asked me last spring if I would be interested in having a program on Charlotte Community Radio (CLTCRadio), it was exciting, a bit scary albeit perfectly timed. I worked in AM-FM radio in New York City through most of the 90’s, ran a web-based jazz radio station from 2004 to 2016, but I had been away from live radio since 2000. So I was somewhat out of practice on May 12, 2016 when I first opened the mic, but my trepidation quickly dissipated and the joy returned.

So I want to say “Thank You”; first, to Bridget B. Sullivan and Melvin Nix, co-founders of CLTCRadio, for the chance to knock some rust off these old pipes and remind me that this is “what I do”.

And a huge thanks to my guests. The incredible, world-class musicians who call the Carolinas home and who took time out of their incredibly busy schedules to spend some time with us: Dawn Anthony; Lovell Bradford; Will Campbell; Nicci Canada; Tenya Coleman; Harvey Cummings; Lonnie Davis; Ocie Davis; Buff Dillard; Mike Hackett; Amos Hoffman, and Tim Scott, Jr.; I am forever in your debt.

My biggest appreciation goes out to all of you who listened and hopefully, enjoyed the music, as I shared my passion for jazz and for the artistry of living musicians. Some of you were friends from long ago that I reunited with. Some are a more recent part of my life. You were all a huge part of rekindling an old dream and I will always be grateful to you for that.

I’m on Twitter and Instagram as @curtjazz, and on Facebook as CurtJazzRadio. My website is curtjazz.com. Let’s keep in touch.

God Bless You and Goodnight.

Image for JAZZ LIVES!!!JAZZ LIVES!!! with CurtJazz, airing LIVE every Thursday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm via CharlotteCommunityRadio, CLTCRadio.org, OR the Mixlr app where you can listen and chat with our hosts and guests alike.

Curtis “CurtJazz” Davenport ~ JAZZ LIVES!!!

Southern Wonder May 17th: Black Girlhood Celebration with Dr. Janaka Lewis

Janaka Lewis

Dr. Janaka Lewis is an Assistant Professor of English at UNC Charlotte who is teaching a course on Black Girlhood Celebration this spring. Her research statement elaborates on the kind of work this study encompasses: 

Dr. Lewis’ current research project, “Freedom to Play,” looks at narratives of girlhood in African American literature (19th through 21st centuries) and the ways play is both embraced as a tool of liberation and means of negotiating identity and used to restrict the spaces in which black girls are able to move.”

“Using authors that include Harriet Jacobs, Zora Neale Huton, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison, she discusses narratives of games that mimic the roles that young girls are expected to embody as adults, stories that are passed down from elders, and lessons that are taught about and through play in formal and informal educational settings. Along with scholarship about these narratives, Dr. Lewis is also planning to create a black girlhood studies reader with excerpts of literary experiences in black girlhood and to incorporate the narratives as interactive experiences for a broad audience.”

Join me on May 17th for another engaging conversation on Southern Wonder as I sit down with Dr. Lewis and two of her students, Sara Eudy and Maria Lignos, to talk LIVE on Charlotte Community Radio about Black Girlhood Celebration. We’ll dig into the ways they’ve used to explore what a celebration of Black girlhood looks like today.

Got questions? Use the Mixlr app while listening at 6pmEst to the Southern Wonder talk show.

Image for Southern Wonder ShowSouthern Wonder, hosted by Allison Braden airs LIVE every Wednesday from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, celebrating open-mindedness and the spirit of asking why via CharlotteCommunityRadio.org, CLTCRadio.org or Mixlr.com/CLTCRadio where you can chat with our hosts and guests alike. Keep up with all things Southern Wonder on Twitter and Facebook.

Allison Braden ~ Southern Wonder