Melissa Harris-Perry At Union Baptist

Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry delivered Winston’s 39th Annual MLK Noon Hour Commemoration address on Monday. The Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University didn’t disappoint the packed audience at Union Baptist (including Mayor Joines and three rows of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County politicians, seated front and center).

Harris-Perry is something of a public intellectual, widely known to the general public due to the popularity of The Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC (2012-2016). MHP is an author, an editor at the Nation, and … Read the rest

A Big Idea For 2018: Wake Forest Should Buy The W-S Fairgrounds

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons defeated Texas A&M in a thriller of a football game Friday. As entertaining as the game was, I still find it hard to understand why universities participate in football.

Afterall, the science is very clear. It’s a dangerous game that puts football players at risk for all types of bodily injuries and long-term brain damage. Ironically, Wake Forest has produced numerous studies in recent years that have added to our understanding of the intrinsic dangers … Read the rest

As Of 2015, Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch Was The Highest Paid College President In The Nation

What do Nathan Hatch and the recently departed executives at Cardinal Innovations have in common? They were both paid way too much for the work they performed.

Currently, the state is in the process of clawing back money from Cardinal Innovations. It’s unlikely that Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch will give any of the over $4 million that he made in 2015 back.

Wake Forest is a private college, it can more or less do what it wants. But … Read the rest

Where Is Wake Forest?

Minimally Edited 2/23/2019

Yesterday the Wake Forest High School Cougars defeated Mallard Creek at BB&T Stadium. For Wake Forest, this was their second straight 4AA State Championship. Ironically the Wake Forest Cougars, dressed in blue and white won on the home field of Wake Forest University; the school that left their community decades ago.

Wake Forest High is located 108 miles east of Winston in a town of 30,000, just north of Raleigh. The Wake Forest that people most often … Read the rest

Not Much Going On In The Pages Of The Journal, Check Out This Interview of Gayle Anderson

The output of the city’s paper of record has been a little lackluster lately. After the ink dried on BAT’s acquisition of Reynolds a couple of weeks ago, the Journal has largely ignored issues of importance to residents in Winston-Salem. Instead, they have covered a high-profile murder case in Davidson County and other stories that just aren’t that relevant to Winston’s urban core.

To my dismay, Friday the Journal published a story on Craig Engels. Engles, an Olympic-hopeful runner from … Read the rest

Children March On City Hall With Empty Plates To Raise Awareness Of Childhood Hunger

I love a good demonstration. There’s something fundamentally energizing about them. Day in and day out most of us do what we’re told and do our best not to make any noise. But sometimes you have to stand up for your rights.

Demanding your rights can be fun. At the same time, if we’re being honest, it’s a little childish to stand in the streets and make demands. That makes children naturals at demonstrating.

Yesterday’s March To Save Our PlatesRead the rest

Apparently Poverty Can Wait In Winston-Salem

It’s finally done. Or perhaps it’s just beginning to unfold. Mayor Allen Joines’ Poverty Thought Force finally released its findings on Monday. It’s been a long wait. Mayor Joines first mentioned his intention of creating a Thought Force in December of 2013. Triad City Beat’s Jordan Green’s article, A city divided: The resurgent downtown and the abandoned urban core-my favorite article of 2016, has the timeline. It took two more years and a few national studies casting Winston in … Read the rest

A Scandal Greater Than Wakeyleaks

Last night’s College Football Playoff National Championship, presented by AT&T will be watched by millions of fans. For Alabama and Clemson the lavish investments that they’ve put into their football programs have certainly paid off. But for most universities football is a bad investment.

As the cost of coaches’ salaries, facilities and stadiums have skyrocket in a never-ending arms race, it’s time to acknowledge that the resources spent on college football are a waste. Just look at Wake Forest. Wake … Read the rest

The Wakeyleaks Scandal

Wakeyleaks is now a full-fledged scandal. When the news broke recently that a radio broadcaster affiliated with Wake Forest shared Wake’s confidential game-plans with Louisville and possibly other Wake opponents over the last two years, it quickly became a a viral topic on social media. Cleaver observers on Twitter are calling the scandal Wakeyleaks. It’s the Winston-Salem Journal’s top story today, overshadowing the North Carolina General Assembly’s special secession shenanigans.

While the nation continues to be obsessed with whether the … Read the rest

Demolished But Not Forgotten: The Five Row Neighborhood At Reynolda

Recently a new historical marker was unveiled honoring Five Row. Five Row was a small African-American neighborhood just down the street from the Reynolda House, along Silas Creek. Five Row was home to the Reynolda’s African-American workers. The historical marker honoring Five Row has been placed between Silas Creek Parkway and Reynolda Road.

The Five Row neighborhood was razed sometime in 1960 to facilitate the completion of Silas Creek Parkway. Five Row was a relic of the past, when … Read the rest