Archives for July 2015

The Diversity of the Wes Kerrick Trial Jury

CHARLOTTE, NC — The jury in the Wes Kerrick case has been seated, including four white women, two African American women, two Hispanic men, three white men, and one African American man. WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis is in to discuss the concerns about the jury pool diversity.

National Issues That Are Right Here In N.C.

CHARLOTTE, NC — From Donald Trump’s attacks on fellow Republicans to what some are calling attacks on heritage, political debates are the hot topics all over the country. WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis is in the studio to discuss how the debates are impacting North Carolina, how North Carolina is impacting them, and giving perspective on the whole process.

The battle is far from over

On this podcast, Amy Guth is joined by award-winning multimedia journalist  Mary C. Curtis.  Curtis, who based in Charlotte, N.C.  talks about the impact of Confederate battle flag, the state of race relations in the south and more.

NC Voting Law in the Courts — and on the National Stage

CHARLOTTE, NC — The new voting law in North Carolina is being argued in federal court in Winston Salem right now, and it’s a case that has the attention of the entire country. WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis stops by to discuss the national implications the case could have and put the whole thing in perspective.

Beyond The Ballet World, Misty Copeland’s Triumph Shatters Stereotypes About Black Women

CHARLOTTE, N.C.-When Misty Copeland was promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre this summer — the first African-American woman to reach that pinnacle in the company’s 75-year history — the significance of her accomplishment extended far beyond the ballet world.

The State of Race Relations In The South

The recent shootings at a Charleston church that appear to have been racially motivated along with a series of African-Americans who have lost their lives at the hands of police have re-opened this country’s on-again, off-again conversation on race. Have we ever acknowledged the true nature of the racial tension that seems to grip the country? Can we hold an open, honest conversation on the topic? Is the South’s relationship with race any different from that of the rest of the country?

Mary C. Curtis – Journalist who covers politics, culture and race, contributor to many media outlets, including NPR, The Washington Post, and WCCB-TV Charlotte

Robert Dawkins – Press and Publicity Chair for the Charlotte chapter of the NAACP

Dianne English – Executive Director of Community Building Initiative, a Charlotte non-profit that focuses on issues of equity and diversity

The Continuing Debate Over Heritage Versus Racism

CHARLOTTE, NC — From the debate over the Confederate Flag in South Carolina to the growing debates over Confederate monuments here in Charlotte, heritage versus racism is a big topic this week. WCCB’s Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis stops by with some thoughts on the debate, and how race still matters in the Carolinas.

In Charleston, a Rare – and Perhaps Transformational — Public Glimpse of Private Faith

Viewers inside and outside the arena where the funeral for Rev. Clementa Pinckney took place crossed lines of faith in a transformational moment for a glimpse of “black culture” far different from what is usually meant when that phrase is uttered derisively on random cable shout-fests.

The Impact of the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling In NC

CHARLOTTE, NC — People are still on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling last week. WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis is in to talk about the deeper impact this ruling could have on NC and some of the existing laws.