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Who’s Who In Black Charlotte Returns with Eighth Edition, Welcoming President and Vice Chairman of Hornets Sports & Entertainment Fred A. Whitfield Pins as Foreword Writer

A Call for Submissions for local professionals to be included in the latest publication is now open 

CHARLOTTE,  DATE  —  Following a hiatus from the market due to the pandemic, Who’s Who In Black Charlotte proudly returns in 2023 for its eighth edition. Focused on celebrating the achievements of Black professionals in the Charlotte metro-area and providing inspiration for future generations. Who’s Who In Black Charlotte is one of 10 publications that recognize and highlight the achievements of African Americans in various cities across the United States.  

Anchoring the eighth edition, Who’s Who welcomes talented and renowned as he pens the foreword for the upcoming publication 

Whitfield serves as the President and Vice Chairman of Hornets Sports & Entertainment, overseeing e oversees all business operations for the Charlotte Hornets and Spectrum Center. Known for his contribution to the dramatic growth of the franchise and arena, Whitfield’s experience within the sports industry spans from being a player, coach, agent, sports marketer and basketball operations administrator. His years of experience have led Spectrum Center’s efforts to secure the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, 2019 AAC Men’s Basketball Tournament, and 2020 Republican National Convention, as well as the Jumpman Invitational which debuted at the arena in December 2022.  

Whitfield shares, “The Who’s Who In Black Charlotte brand has been a staple within the community for 15 years, highlighting African Americans for their service and contributions within their fields and to the region. I am honored to have the opportunity to write the foreword for this historic edition as Who’s Who In Black Charlotte continues to celebrate Black excellence in our city.” 

A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Whitfield’s is the founder of HoopTee Charities, Inc, which provides scholarships for disadvantaged youngsters to attend campus and educational based programs across the country. He is also the founder of the Achievements Unlimited Basketball School, where they have served more than 10,000 kids in Greensboro and Charlotte for the last 37 years.  

Fred Whitfield is a nationally known trailblazer and leader. To have him pen the foreword to this next edition will bring great energy and excitement to the re-launch of Who’s Who in Black Charlotte. Says Ernie Sullivan, Executive Vice President for Who’s Who In Black. 

Since its introduction to the market in 2007, Who’s Who In Black Charlotte has celebrated thousands of community members who have positively impacted the city and the region. 

“As we return to the market, we are excited to celebrate 15 years of recognizing black excellence within our community! With the upcoming release of our 8th edition of Who’s Who In Black Charlotte, I am happy to welcome Mr. Whitfield as our foreword writer.” States Rhonda E. Caldwell, Associate Publisher. 

Local professionals, clergy, and community leaders are being encouraged to submit their headshot and bio to considered for inclusion in the eighth edition. Interested individuals can learn more by visiting  

A subsidiary of Real Times Media, Who’s Who In Black was founded in 1989 with the sole focus of celebrating and elevating Black culture, Black achievement, and Black people. More than 30 years later, Who’s Who continues to fulfill its mission by creating spaces for networking and empowerment for Black professionals around the country.  



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