The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ) is an affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), a nonprofit organization focused on establishing strong ties among African-Americans working in the media and expanding and balancing the media's coverage of the African-American community and experience.

March 31, 2010

'GoodWorks with Rahman Khan' Season Three Premieres April 4

Season three of GoodWorks with Rahman Khan premieres on Charlotte’s PBS affiliate WTVI, Sunday, April 4 at 12 p.m. Viewers can expect the show to once again live up to its motto of being "All Good, All the Time." GoodWorks with Rahman Khan focuses on bringing the good in all of us to the forefront, which is something that’s not always celebrated in our community or in the media.

First up on the long list of notable names appearing this season, world renowned author and scholar Dr. Cornel West sits down with the show’s host Rahman Khan. In a candid conversation, the man known for many titles including civil rights activist, philosopher, critic, and professor opens up about his journey that started from very humble beginnings. West’s insights on everything from politics to life are thought provoking.

Good works and hip-hop aren’t usually talked about in the same breath. However, one woman is using her knowledge and love for hip-hop culture to make a positive difference in the life of a child. Khan introduces viewers to Chanell Ketchmore, the founder of Ketchmore Kids. Her organization is breaking down barriers and the negative stereotypes associated with youth and rap music.

See the YouTube video below for a sneak peek at the season debut. For more information go to

March 24, 2010

Michael Baisden Brings Mentors Campaign to Charlotte April 10

Nationally acclaimed radio personality Michael Baisden has created a campaign to encourage one million Americans to sign up as mentors for children in need through a national outreach effort. The One Million Mentors Campaign to Save Our Kids launched in February and is embarking on a road tour to visit 72 cities in a campaign-themed bus.

At each tour stop along the way, Baisden will host mentoring forums in partnership with local mentoring organizations and affiliates of Big Brothers Big Sisters, National CARES Mentoring Movement, and 100 Black Men.

With more than 14 million young people in need of a mentor, according to, the tour will visit a total of 72 markets including New Orleans, Nashville, Miami, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Saint Louis, Chicago and Washington, DC. It will also visit four North Carolina cities: Fayetteville (April 7), Greenville (April 8), Raleigh (April 9), and Charlotte (April 10).

At each event, participants will have the opportunity to hear firsthand accounts as local mentors share their personal success stories of working with children in their community. Representatives from local mentoring programs will be available to register qualified adults for training and ultimately match them with area children on waiting lists for mentors.

In addition to driving registration for new mentors, Baisden will also be raising funding for mentoring programs across the tour markets by matching contributions from participants up to $350,000. The Michael Baisden Foundation, which is dedicated to providing educational support in communities, will then direct the funds toward local mentoring programs.

For more information, visit or text “mentors” to 90101.

March 16, 2010

'Pride' for Powerful Black Women

In its March/April issue, Pride Magazine spotlights 51 powerful black women in the Charlotte area, including some local black journalists. See this video below of Pride's publisher Torrey Feimster talking about the issue on Charlotte Today.

March 12, 2010

Urban League Seeks Organizations to Help with 'Hard to Count' Census Zones

The Urban League of Central Carolinas is holding an Adopt the Zone – March to the Mailbox dinner and training on Thursday, March 18. And it is looking for organizations to commit to serving a "hard to count" census zone and making sure the voice of our community is heard.

The dinner is a working meeting in partnership with the 2010 Census in preparation for March to the Mailbox Day held on April 10. Each organization should be prepared to adopt a zone and receive outreach training. Dinner will be served promptly at 6:30 p.m.

There are billions of dollars at stake for our communities, please help ensure we are represented in the 2010 Census.

Thursday, March 18
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Urban League of Central Carolinas
740 W. Fifth St., Charlotte
Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, March 16 to or leave your name and email address at 704-373-2256 ext. 206.