A new gift from the Gambrell Foundation pushes Johnson C. Smith University past an $80 million fundraising goal

[ad_1] The Gambrell Foundation announced Tuesday that it will give $1.8 million in support of Johnson C. Smith University via the Mayor’s Racial Equity Initiative, pushing the school past its goal to raise $80 million. Calling JCSU “a gem in the Queen City Crown,” Gambrell Foundation President Sally Gambrell said the donation was long overdue.

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Black Pearl to buy Florida-based maker of contact lenses

[ad_1] Black Pearl Global Investments, an asset-management firm based in Charlotte, has agreed to buy a Florida company that makes contact lenses. When the deal is completed, Black Pearl will be the world’s only contact lens manufacturer that is both Black- and woman-owned, according to a press release Monday announcing the planned acquisition. “It’s exciting

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In Charlotte, college students say debt cancellation was welcomed news

[ad_1] Until he was approached by a reporter, Chandler Cannon, a third-year music major at Johnson C. Smith University, hadn’t heard about the Biden administration’s plan to cancel student-loan debts for millions of Americans. The Charlotte native said his family suffered a “big impact” from the Covid-19 pandemic, so news of the debt cancellation came

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