Thursday, October 26, 2017

Listen Up: Nic Robinson Gets Down to Business on 'Local Vibes'

Episode 14

Posted By and on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 10:35 AM

We took a week off to bring you the Best of Charlotte issue, but we're back for a great conversation with Nic Robinson, frontman of The Business People, about his bromance with former TBP guitarist Will Schoonmaker, getting on stage with Delta Spirt and — our favorite topic on Local Vibes — the CLT music scene.

Fresh off the Bla/Alt Music Festival at Camp North End, Robinson discusses with Mark and Ryan the recent explosion of Charlotte's black indie rock scene and what it means for bands like his.

Don't forget to check out our iTunes page to catch up on past episodes, as well.

[From left] Ryan Pitkin, Nic Robinson and Mark Kemp.
  • [From left] Ryan Pitkin, Nic Robinson and Mark Kemp.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Pissed Off Panthers Fans Want to Fly Mike Shula Out of Town

Effort to call for Shula's firing gets wings

Posted By on Wed, Oct 25, 2017 at 4:47 PM

Following Sunday's debacle of a Carolina Panthers game against the Chicago Bears, in which the Panthers failed to score a touchdown and lost to a team that only managed five first downs the entire game, Carolina fans are heated.

An image used in a GoFundMe page that aims to let everyone in Charlotte know how some fans feel about Panthers OC Mike Shula.
  • An image used in a GoFundMe page that aims to let everyone in Charlotte know how some fans feel about Panthers OC Mike Shula.

Ogi "David" Davidovich is one fan who has since decided to put his (and everyone else's) money where his mouth is. Two days ago, Davidovich (it's unclear if David Davidovitch is his real name) launched a GoFundMe account in an attempt to raise $1,700. That money would apparently pay for a plane to circle Bank of America Stadium in Uptown Charlotte for an hour waving a banner that calls for the firing of Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula in the lead-up to the November 5 game against the Atlanta Falcons.

While Davidovich first suggests that the banner read "Fire Mike Shula," he points out that the company he is looking into using, called AirSign, allows for 40 characters on any banner, "to get creative," as he puts it.

While it was common to see calls for Shula's firing across social media during and after Sunday's game, it appears Davidovich has a chance of actually bringing this message directly to the stadium. As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, the account had raised $835, just under half of what Davidovich would need to reach his goal and he's got well over a week to do so.

Just a note to those donating money, there are some causes that could really use that dough. We're just sayin'. Good luck, though. I guess we'll all know whether this worked come Nov. 5.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Listen Up: Anthony Hamilton Talks About What He's Feelin' on 'Local Vibes'

Episode 13: Comin' From Where He's From

Posted By and on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 10:38 AM

For lucky episode 13, Charlotte legend Anthony Hamilton came by the Hygge West studio to reminisce about the come up, from chorus competitions at South Mecklenburg High School to being inducted into the N.C. Music Hall of Fame and having the mayor pronounce October 19 Anthony Hamilton Day in Charlotte.

As always, check out our iTunes page for more talks with CLT's best musicians.

[From left] Ryan Pitkin, Mark Kemp, Anthony Hamilton and Kia Moore
  • [From left] Ryan Pitkin, Mark Kemp, Anthony Hamilton and Kia Moore

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Ruben Galindo's Family, Lawyers Call for Investigation into Police Shooting

Posted By on Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 8:27 PM

A group of people gathered in front of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center tonight before the Charlotte City Council meeting to call on city leaders to launch an investigation into the shooting death of Ruben Galindo by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers. The group included Galindo's family and lawyers representing his estate.

Ruben Galindo was killed on September 6 after calling 911 and telling dispatchers that he had a gun without any bullets in it. CMPD released body cam footage of the shooting on Friday, which showed that Galindo was holding his arms in the air when he was killed.

Hector Vaca with ActionNC spoke at tonight's press conference, stating that Galindo called police to turn in the gun and followed officers' directions when they arrived.

"We need for CMPD to take responsibility for the actions of their officers," Vaca said.

Vaca demanded that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg District Attorney's office press charges against CMPD officers Courtney Suggs and David Guerra, who both fired their weapons at Galindo.

Community members gathered to demand answers after body cam footage showed Ruben Galindo's arms were up when he was killed by CMPD officers on Sept. 6. (Photo by amalia deloney)
  • Community members gathered to demand answers after body cam footage showed Ruben Galindo's arms were up when he was killed by CMPD officers on Sept. 6. (Photo by amalia deloney)

Attorney Brian Hochman also spoke at the press conference. He pointed out that Galindo watched after his four-month-old daughter, Ruby, and five other children who lived with him.

"On September 6, [Galindo] called police for help, and the end result of that call is that he was killed," Hochman said. "On behalf of his family and his loved ones, we are encouraging a complete and thorough investigation, and we have already met with the district attorney's office, who has ensured us that that will occur."

Hochman said he and the family are willing to allow the investigation to run its course, but that they participated in the press conference because of the efforts of others to "get out in front of the story." He encouraged the CMPD to be fully cooperative with the upcoming investigation.

"The videos speak for themselves," Hochman said. "This is horrific. No person, no parent, no spouse should ever have to see what this family has seen."

Following the press conference, the group, dressed mostly in black clothing, went quietly into the city council meeting and held yellow signs in silent protest.

The CMPD announced this morning that officers will be holding a use of force exercise for reporters to participate in on Wednesday morning to help "provide critical insight to [the] community on the important, yet often misunderstood subject involving police use of force," according to an email. Stay tuned to Creative Loafing for more coverage.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

CMPD Releases Footage of Officers Fatally Shooting Ruben Galindo

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 4:40 PM

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released footage this afternoon of the fatal shooting of Ruben Galindo by police officers on September 6.

CMPD released footage from five body cameras worn by officers on the scene, but only one shows the fatal shooting clearly (graphic video below). It appears from the footage that Galindo was holding a gun and had both hands in the air when the shots were fired.

CMPD officers Courtney Suggs and David Guerra both fired their weapon, although it appears from the videos that Guerra fired the fatal shot.

According to CMPD's version of events, Galindo called police just after 9 p.m. on September 6 and stated that he had a gun, although he gave only vague answers when asked why he had it and why he wanted police to respond.

Galindo spoke Spanish, and spoke with a Spanish-speaking interpreter over the phone. Officers have Galindo demands to show his hands in Spanish as officers approached, which he did.

CMPD stated that officers fired because they perceived "an imminent deadly threat."

[Correction: The original headline and content of this article spelled Galindo's first name as Rueben, as it's listed on official police reports. We have since confirmed with people working directly with the family that his name is spelled Ruben.]

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Listen Up: Lute Is Living The Dream On 'Local Vibes'

Episode 12

Posted By and on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Fresh off the release of his debut Dreamville release, West 1996 Pt. 2, Lute came by the studio to talk about how one day he was getting in trouble for using his phone at his job in Walmart, and the next he was kicking it with J. Cole, who just so happened to be a fan.

Lute also discusses the long process behind the new release and why sometimes he found himself having doubts about it, as well as what's it's like for him now to watch the gentrification of the west Charlotte neighborhoods he grew up in.

As always, remember to drop in on our iTunes page to catch up on previous episodes and rate/review us if you like what we're doing. If you don't like what we're doing, don't rate shit, just keep it moving.

[From left] Ryan Pitkin, Lute and Mark Kemp.
  • [From left] Ryan Pitkin, Lute and Mark Kemp.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Johnson C. Smith University Announces New President

'Clay' Armbrister to take the Golden Bull by the horns in 2018

Posted By on Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 11:53 AM

The Johnson C. Smith University Board of Trustees this morning announced the selection of Clarence D. "Clay" Armbrister as the new president of the university. He will be the historic black college's 14th president.

Armbrister currently serves as president of Girard College, an independent college preparatory five-day boarding school for academically capable students from economically disadvantaged families in the Philadelphia region. Before that, he served in leadership roles at John Hopkins and Temple universities.

Clarence D. "Clay" Armbrister.
  • Clarence D. "Clay" Armbrister.

Armbrister will replace Dr. Ronald L. Carter, who has served as president of JCSU for nine years and announced his retirement in August 2016. Armbrister, a first generation college graduate, said he's excited to build on the "unparalleled success" of Carter's work.

“I am honored and humbled to have been selected as the 14th president of Johnson C. Smith University, which throughout its 150-year history has improved the lives of its students and contributed to the growth of Charlotte,” Armbrister said in a press release from JCSU this morning. “I am especially looking forward to working with the board, the faculty, staff and administration to position JCSU as one of the finest institutions of higher education in the country that meets not only the needs of its students, but those of the communities it serves — locally, regionally and globally."

Armbrister will take over as president on Jan. 1, 2018, the day after Carter plans to officially step down. Armbrister and his wife will be introduced to the JCSU community on Thursday, October 19.

In this morning's release, Bernard W. Smalley, vice chair of the Board of Directors of City Trusts and chair of the Girard College Committee, praised Armbrister's leadership, passion for education and dedication to student development.

“I have had the privilege — and it is a genuine privilege — to work closely with Clay Armbrister over the last five years,” Smalley said. “He has worked tirelessly in leading the development of a new curriculum that is preparing our students to be even more successful in college and build lives as productive citizens. Through that work, it became clear that Clay has a passion for shaping young lives through the power of higher education, and JCSU offers a challenge that he just couldn’t pass up. I know this much: JCSU is getting a great leader who is dedicated to the cause of helping young people use higher education to build successful and productive lives.”

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