Editorials

Our writers are always finding new ways to address timely topics for Charlotte – sometimes lighthearted, sometimes serious, always relevant. Whether it’s an investigative report on oft-overlooked trend of “business gentrification” happening here, or a piece about the complex business of mural-making, or personal musings from our publishers, read on for innovative insights on Charlotte life.



BOOM-Shaka-Laka: Two Artists Bringing an Explosion of Creativity to the BOOM Festival

CLT Creatives, Creative News, Editorials | April 23, 2019

Three… two… one… BOOM! The fourth annual BOOM festival is taking over Plaza Midwood this weekend — Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28. BOOM is a three day arts experience that aims to highlight the power of art and the ways it can bring communitie… read more »




The Business of Murals in a City of Business

CLT Creatives, Editor’s Pick, Editorials | April 23, 2019

It was the summer solstice of 2017. The temperature hovered just below 100 degrees. As the sun beat down on him, Jonay di Ragno painted a mural in NoDa. And, he was having the time of his life. “I was having fun. People bringing me slices of pizza an… read more »




Turbo Charged Creativity – CLT Father & Son Make Music Together

CLT Creatives, Editorials, Music | April 22, 2019

Graphic designer. Musician. Dad. While those words can’t capture the creative prowess of David Haire, senior designer at Wray Ward, they’re a good start. And, they help explain what drives him. Haire has been a mainstay in Charlotte’s local music sce… read more »




Take This Job and Shove It – Break Out by Breaking Good

CLT Nonprofits, Columnists, Editorials | April 22, 2019

Oh no! The end of the Breaking Good series! This week we close it out by calling for an infusion of private sector talent into our local nonprofit organizations. It’s a concept that goes against conventional wisdom and yet it’s exactly what we need…. read more »




‘Commercial gentrification’ pushes 120 entrepreneurs out at North End biz center

Creative News, Editorials | April 22, 2019

Up to 120 small businesses — most of which were minority-owned — lost their offices this April in a coveted piece of North End being transformed into a mixed-use space for large offices and retail. As a community, we are deeply concerned about affo… read more »




Doodle in Class … and The Biscuit Will Bite You

Editorials | April 10, 2019

When you’re hard at work in the middle of a CreativeMornings/Charlotte, chances are you’ll get noticed. And, that’s a good thing. That’s exactly what happened to graphic artist Jacquelynn Glass on Friday, April 5. While the audience was focused on th… read more »




We’re NUTS About This Book!

CLT Creatives, Creative News, Editorials | April 4, 2019

People of Charlotte, meet Mai-Lis Bahr. Wait a minute … that’s her line not ours! After sharing hundreds of stories about local Charlotteans as the founder of People of Charlotte, Mai-Lis Bahr decided to share an important story of her own. She recen… read more »




27 Years Later … We’re Still Stuck on Grandmama

CLT Creatives, Editorials, O.G. CLT | March 28, 2019

She bounded onto the Charlotte scene in all her 90s splendor — a blur of horn-rimmed glasses and gray — and slammed dunked our hearts. Her name was Grandmama. The Queen City adorned her. But, by 1996, she was gone. And, we’re still not over it. Luc… read more »




Our Favorite Stories from Around the Crown

Editorials | March 28, 2019

Our cooks at The Biscuit work hard to bring you tasty, nourishing content about the Queen City. But, we’re media carnivores, too. Media channels all over Charlotte are sharing incredible stories about creatives and CLT history. Here are just a few re… read more »




Young People Got No Time for Your Lame Nonprofit

Editor’s Pick, Editorials | March 27, 2019

Should a nonprofit operate more like a business? Young people seem to think so. And, amen to that. Despite arguments I have made and will make in this series about nonprofits embracing earned revenue strategies and employing for-profit talent, let’s… read more »




Fire Up the Family Truckster! Visiting 59 National Parks in 5 Years

CLT Creatives, Columnists, Editorials | March 27, 2019

The interview below with Charlottean Bill Goldstein (AKA Mr. Outdoor) and his family – wife, Alisa, and sons, Luke and Winston, is part of our partnership by the People of Charlotte blog. After visiting Yosemite National Park in 2009, The Goldsteins… read more »




Be Who You Are, And OWN It – Conversation with Nikki Eason

CLT Creatives, Editorials | March 12, 2019

“I am so much more than this!” This is a thought that all of us have had at some point in our careers — a realization that you have more to offer to this world than what is expected of you. For Nikki Eason, creator & producer of The Androgynous… read more »




Andrea Downs Airs Out the Dirty Laundry

CLT Creatives, Editorials | March 12, 2019

The interview below with HUG recipient, Andrea Downs, was originally posted on PeopleOfCLT.com on 1/18/19. The Biscuit is proud to say that Andrea Downs and the Airing Out the “Dirty” Laundry project was among the first recipients of a HUG (Helpful U… read more »




Historical Blindness: Lillard Would Bar Foreigners

Editorials | February 26, 2019

“We must have an uninterrupted period, in which we can create out-and-out Americans and an out-and-out spirit of Americanism.” – T.J. Lillard (The Charlotte News, February 26, 1919) “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” – Edmund Bur… read more »




Good Things with Matt & Tim

Editorials | January 28, 2019

Sure, there’s plenty to fret about these days. But there’s a ton of not-evil stuff out there, too. Heck, some of it is flat-out joyful, generous, invigorating and/or awesome. That’s why we’re highlighting a handful of Good Things in every batch of Th… read more »




HUG LIFE: Erick Hodge

CLT Creatives, Editorials | January 28, 2019

“I’m a very reflective person. I will reflect on an experience/conversation/moment for days. When I’m processing the main word that comes to mind is “value.” What was the value of that experience/conversation/moment – was it worth it? What did it mea… read more »




Good Things from Matt & Tim

Editorials | January 14, 2019

Sure, there’s plenty to fret about these days. But there’s a ton of not-evil stuff out there, too. Heck, some of it is flat-out joyful, generous, invigorating and/or awesome. That’s why we’re highlighting a handful of Good Things in every batch of Th… read more »




Breaking Good: Debunking 6 Non-Profit Myths

Editorials | January 14, 2019

This is the first installment of a new series by Josh Jacobson, Managing Director of Next Stage. When he isn’t shaking a fist at the establishment, he is working with the leaders of countless nonprofit organizations throughout the Carolinas to optimi… read more »




Behind The Sticker: Charlotte Dagger

Editorials | January 14, 2019

The dagger seemed like Charlotte’s flag in the moon. Something I could create using the QC crown and let the city run with. Everyone told me to sell them, but I just slapped the shit out of stickers everywhere, gave them to all the homies and printed… read more »




#OHSNAP: Ohavia’s Selfie Spot Picks

CLT Avengers, Editorials, For Newcomers | January 14, 2019

If you haven’t tuned in to our friend Ohavia Phillips’ YouTube Channel, The Oh Show, we have a treat for you. Ohavia shot a special installment of her new segment, #OHSNAP, just for us. Folks are always hunting for that perfect spot to snap a selfie…. read more »