Talk of the Crown: HB2, Oprah Winfrey, and an Overdue VHS Tape

News, gossip, and other buzzworthy bits

“Can I adopt a @JCSUniversity student or get a degree by May to be up close & personal for @Oprah’s visit to #Charlotte?”
Tweet by Ramona Holloway ‏(@RamonaHolloway), co-host of the Matt and Ramona Show on 107.9 The Link, about Oprah Winfrey’s plan to be the commencement speaker at Johnson C. Smith University in May. (Apr. 15)

“Don’t marry, don’t have children, don’t smoke.”
Advice Foy Ingram, one of the world’s oldest people, gave to young waiters and waitresses at The Pines retirement community in Davidson. She died in March, at age 112. (The Charlotte Observer, Mar. 21) 

“I don’t know how to tell you this, but there’s a warrant out for your arrest from 2002. Apparently you rented the movie Freddy Got Fingered and never returned it.” 
Concord resident James Meyers Jr., recalling what a police officer told him in March, when the officer discovered that Meyers had an outstanding warrant in Rowan County for an unreturned VHS tape. The charges against Meyers were later dropped. (, Mar. 24)

“It’s way too high. It’s too intense … It’s too long.” 
Charlotte City Council member Patsy Kinsey, voicing her objections to a proposed mixed-use development that would be built in Elizabeth, on the corner that’s now home to Hare of the Dog and Jackalope Jacks. (The Charlotte Observer, Apr. 19)

“The football grinned with joy when Cam picked it up.”
A seventh grade student at the Community School of Davidson, writing about how Panthers quarterback Cam Newton jumped a fence to join students and toss a football on the school’s playground. (, Apr. 25)

“This beautiful state of ours was once only schizophrenic. For every Senator Jesse Helms it produced a racially aware, education-minded Gov. Terry Sanford. Redistricting then lobotomized North Carolina. At my rusting age, how to find a way to re-believe in progress?”

North Carolina author Allan Gurganus, writing in the New York Times. (Apr. 8)

“Despite pushback from most of world, NC’s Governor refuses to reverse course. State now hurtling backward at near-relativistic speed. #hb2” 
Tweet by David W. Thompson(@DWThompson1957). (Apr. 18)

“Thank you Gov Pat McCrory for protecting NC businesses, women & children by signing #HB2 into law #iStandWithPat”
Tweet by Tami Fitzgerald (@tamifitzgerald), executive director of NC Values Coalition. ‏(Apr. 1)

“Every day #HB2 is on the books, we are shoveling money out of our state and dumping it in South Carolina and Virginia. Poor strategy. #ncga”
Tweet by state Senator Jeff Jackson (@JeffJacksonNC), a Democrat from Charlotte. (Apr. 23)

This article appears in the June 2016 issue of Charlotte Magazine

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