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Dec
11

Ellen Gurley

Author: Ellen Gurley

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8675309-007
SOLICITATION

(Owner, Sales, Content Manager)

Ellen Gurley has been in media for over fifteen years. She has sold print and radio and has been published in Charlotte (AMPS 11, Charlotte Mix, Q Zine, Elevate, LNMental Aesthetics, TRIP, Live Wire, Genesis, Thrift, Creative Loafing, Coatcheck, Banktown U$A), Sweden (Pitch Adjust) and the UK (ATM & DOA) while having a syndicated event listing, performing spoken word poetry and DJing around the region.  Enthusiastic is an understatement when describing this woman.  She brings to the table a relationship-based approach with both clients and team members and a dedication to bringing you true news and more quality entertainment options.  Much of her time is spent on the administrative end at My City but she finds time to dabble in photography while happily raising her two sons.

ellen.gurley@mycitymagazine.net

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Dec
11

John Hairston, Jr.

Author: John Hairston, Jr.

johnCAPTURED
8675309-777
FAILURE TO APPEAR

(Cover Illustrator)

John Hairston, Jr. has been an artist for as long as he can remember. A North Carolina native, he created art before he could read or write. Throughout his grade school years, he spent the majority of his time drawing superheroes and listening to any old soul or hip hop records he could get his hands on. Little did he know that his love for all things spandex-clad and funky would play such a major role in his development as an artist. Under the guidance of his high school mentors and college professors, he learned to tap into these components to create a style of artwork that seamlessly blends political satire, social commentary and obscure pop-culture references. Hairston graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and began his career as a professional artist illustrating storyboards for a string of independent films and several television ads. He has done commissioned pieces for numerous art collectors and various non-profit organizations. Hairston's work is currently on display in various art galleries all over the East Coast and Charlotte, NC.

john.hairston@mycitymagazine.net

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Dec
11

Alex Barnette

Author: Alex Barnette

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8675309-808
CYBER BULLYING

(Designer)

Alex Barnette loves selling things online, print work, small business, clean websites and consulting with new and existing companies on the business process. He spends his time 'tweaking' bleepy noises on his computer, brushing-up beautiful images, and 'raging' at the "DJ show" (where he performs sporadically around Charlotte).

alex.barnette@mycitymagazine.net

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Aug
28

Brandon Lunsford

Author: Brandon Lunsford

brandonCAPTURED
8675309-704
MOONSHINE

(Columnist)

Brandon Lunsford is a local history nerd.  In 2008 he wrote Charlotte Then and Now, which compared historic photographs of the city to the current locations.  A new revised edition came out this year. Brandon got his BA in History and his MA in Public History from UNCC and did several internships with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmark Commission and the Charlotte Museum of History.  He has been the archivist at Johnson C. Smith University since 2009  and spends a lot of his time trying to convince people that Charlotte isn’t just a stale banking town that wants to destroy all of its own history.  There was and is some cool stuff around here and he intends for people to know about it.  Brandon’s Then and Now column will focus on the history of the city’s neighborhoods, institutions, and people and how far they’ve come (or not).  Not content with being a mere history nerd, in his spare time Brandon explores the depths of nerdiness in the realms of music, comics, and horror movies. He seems to think he’s really cool because he wrote a book, which probably isn’t true.

brandon.lunsford@mycitymagazine.net

 

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Aug
28

Mandi English

Author: Mandi English

mandiCAPTURED
8675309-NO5
ACCESSORIES

(Columnist)

Mandi is a salon owner, hair stylist and make-up artist with twenty years of experience working in the fashion print, wedding and beauty education industry. Her personal passion lies in a mindful movement towards achieving a healthy and balanced life. Mandi’s not an easy gal to keep up with.  On any given week, you will find her making over clients at her salon in Plaza-Midwood, styling models in Carolina Place Studio for Belk ecommerce and other freelance beauty opportunities, making brides more beautiful, throwing events with other local businesses, working at her kids’ school, gardening at her Country Club Heights home, doing yoga at one of her frequent haunts, making dinner with veggies from said garden for said kids, crafting jewelry and fashions from cool finds and generally wishing there were a few more hours added to the day for more fun projects. Bottom-line, this lady is all about living well, treating the body and the planet right and looking your best while doing it.

mandi.english@mycitymagazine.net

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Oct
24

Grant Baldwin

Author: Ellen Gurley

grantCAPTURED
8675309-35MM
INSIDE JOB

(Photojournalist)

Grant Baldwin is a freelance photojournalist based out of Charlotte, NC. He has an Associates Degree in General Education (Conc. in Photography) from Central Piedmont Community College and has been an active photographer refining his work for more than a decade. His focus is Documentary and Journalistic work, as he excels at perceiving the complexities of a fluid situation allowing him to use observation, past experience and intuition to anticipate and capture the core moments of an event. All while striving towards the goal of conveying the full meaning and significance of each moment with personal neutrality.

grant.baldwin@mycitymagazine.net

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Aug
28

James Lee Walker II

Author: James Lee

James Lee Walker IICAPTURED
8675309-333
INCITING A RIOT

(Columnist)


James is a guy who always wanted to see what corporate America was like, got that, lost it, and all he had left were the things he actually cared about, which were acting and singing. So paying the bills stayed, after that, a true labor of love. He still labors and loves. He is a self proclaimed Urban Zentertainer, whose job is to be as James as possible and hope people gain something from him as he gains all that he is from other people and his environment. James has worked with every local theater in Charlotte been nominated for multiple Metrolina Theater Awards. He has been called, by a few theater critics, “Charlotte’s go-to hood”. As he points out as often as he can, he is merely a product of what is presented to him.

james.lee@mycitymagazine.net

 

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Jul
02

Martin "the Clown" Barry

Author: Martin Barry

Martin BarryCAPTURED
8675309-2-10-11
MISAPPRPORIATION OF FUN

(Columnist, Comic Strip Illustrator)


The Clown was hatched from a rusty water heater on the tundras of Siberia. He is adept at the use of a microphone, navigation of water and land, and he chews gum quite well. The fortunate may encounter The Clown at Charlotte Roller Girls bouts, or at the annual bar crawl/school supply drive. The unfortunate will encounter The Clown lurking in and around haunted houses.

martin@mycitymagazine.net

 

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Aug
31

Amanda Dickinson

Author: Amanda Dickinson

Amanda DickinsonCAPTURED
8675309-11.5%
HOPPED-UP

(Columnist)

Amanda Dickinson is a North Carolina native, obsessed with beer culture.   She is a Certified Beer Server, currently studying towards the Cicerone  exam.  Amanda wants to eliminate the “beer snob” mystique in order to educate everyone about great craft beers.  She believes, with Charlotte being home to some of the best breweries in the nation, that brewing culture has become part of the fabric of our great city.  Partial to Russian Imperial Stouts, she is not above a Budweiser and a shot of tequila at the local honky tonk.   Grab a beer with her at Lupie’s Café (Huntersville) or see more of her work at www.aBabeInBeerLand.com.

amanda@mycitymagazine.net

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Oct
15

Kacie Smagacz

Author: Ellen Gurley

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8675309-28205
EXTRA SHOT

(Columnist, Photographer)

BIO BIRTHING

kacie@mycitymagazine.net

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Oct
24

Teri Sweet

Author: Ellen Gurley

Teri SweetCAPTURED
8675309-6%
SELLING OUT

(Columnist, Photographer)

BIO BIRTHING

teri@mycitymagazine.net

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Jan
10

Becky Huskins

Author: Becky Huskins

Becky HuskinsCAPTURED
8675309-100%
DISTURBING THE PEACE

(Columnist)

Becky Huskins has been a writer and music lover for as long as she can remember.  A Gaston County native, Becky saw Milli Vanilli as her first concert when she was only 14.  (Her tastes have gotten much better since then.) She is an avid show-goer whose favorite bands include Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse, REM, and, of course, The Beatles.  Falling in love with local bands (and some local musicians) has found her out frequently at places like The Milestone, Snug Harbor and The Neighborhood Theatre enjoying the music of the Queen City.  She also manages to find time to blog, collect vinyl with her husband, and teach her only son how to love music, too.

becky.huskins@mycitymagazine.net

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Feb
06

Tommy Heffner

Author: Ellen Gurley

Tommy HeffnerTOMMY HEFFNER

CAPTURED
8675309-19
CONTEMPT

BIO & PHOTO BIRTHING

(Columnist)

tommy.heffner@mycitymagazine.net

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