Amanda was blessed to be the Emcee of the Ocean City Jazz festival June 7 & 8 at North Topsail Beach. The festival raises money for the Ocean City Beach Community, which was the only place African Americans could purchase coastal property in North Carolina. It featured Jazz artists Julian Vaughn, Warren Wolfe with the John Brown Quintet, Althea Rene and Elan Trotman along with Saturday's acts: The Skip Walker Band featuring Kia Walker, Derrick Gardner with the John Brown Quintet and Karen Briggs.
More history....15 years before the Civil Rights Act.In 2009, to celebrate its 60th anniversary, a Fayetteville, NC jazz saxophonist and his accompanists were invited to provide entertainment on the porch of the Community Center. It was enjoyed by all in attendance, bringing in surrounding visitors to Topsail Island, NC and thus, the annual Ocean City Jazz Festival was launched as a vehicle to promote the history of the Ocean City Community. Ocean City has been designated as a historical site on the Jacksonville-Onslow County African American Trail and provides a wonderful 2-day venue for jazz lovers of all ages.
Potluck for Peace is an effort to impact peaceful change in the community through food, fellowship, and enriching dialogue. By combining a wide variety of community members, we hope to create a powerful conversation about change, acceptance, and awareness. Potlucks are held quarterly. All community members are welcome to join us for an evening filled with mature conversation and delicious food!
The night that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis,Tennessee, he was scheduled to be in Wilmington.
The civil rights leader was to speak at Williston High School that night to headline a voter registration drive, but was persuaded to remain in Memphis another day in support of that city’s sanitation workers’ strike.
Now, 50 years later, a coalition of Wilmington civic, and non-profit, and religious
leaders is organizing an event to remember Dr. King’s final days and to imagine how
his life and the nation’s history might be different if he had kept to his original
On Wednesday, the anniversary of Dr. King’s death, the public was invited
to gather in the gym of Williston Middle School where Dr. King would have spoken.
The program featured music of the Civil Rights Era, video footage of the
assassination, and clips from his famous “Mountaintop” speech.
Amanda and her husband Yusef started the Wilmington Black Professionals to bring together professionals in and around the Wilmington area to network and expand their circle. More than 300 people have attended their past events. To attend their next event April 21 at the Marina Grill click here.
The Friends of the Leland Cultural Arts Center hosted a Hats off to Leland fundraiser March 10 at the Leland Cultural Arts Center. The event raised funds for the arts and activities at the center. Amanda emceed the fashion show and even wore one of the dresses provided by Island Breeze and hat by a local designer.
It was an honor to attend and volunteer at the YWCA Women of Achievement Dinner in downtown Wilmington. Last year, I was nominated for an award, and this year as a member of the YWCA I was able to help out with registration and applaud the women who were nominated and won awards.
I had a great time speaking to the kiddos at Castle Hayne Elementary school! I spoke to hundreds of students throughout the day. Class after class I was honored to meet so many super smart and sweet kids who really enjoyed learning about news.
I really enjoyed participating in the Port City Rip The Runway charity event in Wilmington!
It was started in January 2012 in Wilmington, NC and is a scholarship fundraiser in honor of Lillie Ann Heggins. She was the mother of local radio Program Director/On-Air Personality/DJ/Community Activist/Philanthropist, Brandon "Bigg B" Hickman. He and his wife Suprena Hickman started the event to continue her legacy.
This event highlights local talent, DJs, small and commercial businesses, local models, make-up artists, hair stylists, and clothing designers, and local community leaders and business owners. The model selections comes mainly from NC locals- who are selected after tryouts. The models are ordinary women, men, and children in the community with a desire to rip the runway!
Hundreds attend annually ranging from teenagers to elders and of various socioeconomic backgrounds. They travel from within the Carolina's and some guests, stylists, and designers even travel long distance in support of this event. The environment is described as a fun, family-friendly environment. The beautiful result is a community uniting to support each other and help send a child to college.
Best of all I got to rip the runway with my hubby!
The WWAY Health fair was a great success!! Hundreds came out to learn more about health vendors, hospitals, and get advice from local hospitals and clinics. Some were able to get a flu shot and medical and health advice.
The event was held at Independence mall in Wilmington, NC. Best of all, my parents made a trip down and enjoyed the event.
I am so excited to be the newest member to join the YWCA Lower Cape Fear board in Wilmington, NC. I believe in the mission and I know that working with the organization will allow me to be able to help the community more than ever. As a former YWCA Women of Achievement nominee and active member of the community, I feels blessed to be a part of the organization.
Let's go to work!
The YWCA Lower Cape Fear is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Adopted by the General Assembly in 2009
I had a great time participating in the annual Port City Rip The Runway event! I was able to model a gown by David's Bridal and my husband Yusef modeled in various scenes throughout the night. It was great to be apart of such an awesome event, raising money for a wonderful charity.
More than 250 people gathered together in the Port City for a one of a kind event. The Wilmington Black Professionals led by Amanda Fitzpatrick and her husband Yusef Abdur-Razzaaq hosted a major event MLK weekend to bring together professionals and community members for a special event. The event was designed to allow networking, mingling, speeches from local political leaders and dancing! Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and State Rep. Deb Butler attended and spoke about MLK's dream for the city. Community leaders and others enjoyed complimentary appetizers, speciality cocktails, DJ Bigg B from Coast 97.3 and more. It was a an amazing event and people traveled from Charlotte, Baltimore and Raleigh to celebrate that night.
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Wilmington is a city known for it's beaches but today it was all about the snow! Icy wintry weather hit our area and we took a break for our news coverage once we got home, to get some pics in the snow!
It was a fun New Year's Eve with my husband and our friends. We went to Palate in Downtown Wilmington for a "Grown Folks" party, great music and local craft brews and wines. We left to go to Blackfinn one more time before they close. We met up with Peter the manager and some other friends and had a great time dancing and also counting down to Midnight. I don't know about you but I am happy for my health, family, job and so much more. In 2018 I plan to count my blessings and believe that the New Year will bring in many more!
I had a blast reading the Polar Express book to the kiddos as they waited anxiously to meet Santa in Downtown Wilmington. There were more than a dozen kids, there ages include 3 to 12 years old. The backdrop of the Train with the conductor and Santa made it a special reading that the kids loved! I also got a chance to take photos with some of the kids I read too.
The readings take place the week before Christmas each year and my station WWAY is proud to sponsor readers from our on-air team.
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The Brigade Boys & Girls Club hosted a Masquerade ball and casino night fundraiser at the Sir Tyler Terraces in Wilmington. Amanda was the emcee and participated in the fun by attempting to play a few casino games. The event was to raise money for the community boys and girls clubs across the area in New Hanover County. More than a hundred people came out to show their support dressed in their best.
Another great Christmas with my family this year, counting the blessings! Here are just a few photos from my family celebrating the holiday and my Aunt's Ugly Christmas Sweater party!
If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids on the weekend, the Wilmington Railroad Museum has you covered!
WWAY is pleased to announce we will be taking part again this year in the annual readings of “The Polar Express.” I will be there to read to the kiddos Saturday, December 2 at 5:30pm. Then the kids can grab some hot chocolate and see Santa, all for 5 bucks!
My colleagues will also be there to read at other dates and times, the railroad museum will host the readings each Saturday at both 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
We will also have a special reading Sunday, December 17. It’s a great way for you to come see what the Railroad Museum has to offer this holiday season.
I am so proud of my evening team!! Together we pulled in 2 awards.
The RTDNAC and AP announced the finalists for the 2017 awards competition, which recognizes the best of TV, radio, website and collegiate work. I am proud to report my WWAY news team won the AP Best Evening Newscast (NC)! That night was full of breaking news, I was solo anchoring in the studio as we learned a boat had just exploded.
My producers Sarah Johnson and Allyson Lorick jumped into action and together we came up with a plan to make sure our reporter Basil John was ready to go live from the scene. But then there was a fire, and I knew we didn't have a reporter, but could use the weather tower cams to get live video of the fire!
I asked our Meteorologist to pull up the live cam to see if there was video on his weather cam and we were able to see that and add that to the newscast! Even though we didn't have the additional staff everyone worked together to make sure we got it in and we were able to do that.
My co-anchor Daniel Seamans was live reporting in the field with our Meteorologist Helen Holt for our "This is the Place" road trip so we had a lot going on and it was all a team effort to put out the information to the public and make sure that we had all of the details on each story.
I am so excited and proud that we are being recognized for our work as a team. I enjoyed the awards luncheon at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord on Saturday, Nov. 11. I also got a chance to see so many friends and former colleagues from WCSC in Charleston, SC and my work in Charlotte, NC.
Tom Llamas from ABC did a great job as a keynote speaker, and charged the crowd to protect our craft and keep pushing!
A group of special boys and girls joined together to participate in the first ever MLK Pageant at Williston Middle School in Wilmington. The organizers including Evelyn Bryant and Hollis Briggs of the MLK committee in southeastern North Carolina say they are continuing to work and honor the actions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through various activities and events.
Thirteen contestants competed on November 18 for the new title as the Martin Luther King Jr. king and queen. But it was about more than just winning the crown. The pageant was hosted by the MLK Celebration Committee.
Their purpose is to honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., improve racial relations within communities and educate especially our youth.
This pageant was one of the first events working towards commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. King’s death.
The committee’s goal is to build on this event for upcoming celebrations until April of next year.
But until then, it is all about the fun contestants had competing for the crowns.
“It’s not all about winning, it’s about having fun and just hanging out with your friends during the pageant,” contestant Aamere Montgomery said.
Even though only two could be named king and queen, it was a moment everyone could be proud of.
WWAY’s Amanda Fitzpatrick was also at the event and presented an award.
The WWAY team worked hard with the Salvation Army to raise money and stock their pantry this holiday. By the way, in 2016 we set a record by collecting more than 25,000 pounds of food and nearly $700 in cash.
That record no longer stands. Maj. Mark Craddock with The Salvation Army says the community came together and donated 33,100 pounds of food to restock shelves for 2017. That’s 16.55 tons of food and tens of thousands of donuts given out as a thank you!
On November 11th WWAY was awarded Best Special Report for our Commercial-Free Election Night coverage by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas. It was an honor to be recognized by our peers for our work in local news.
I was fortunate to co-anchor the election night coverage with Daniel Seamans and we were joined by a hardworking group of reporters, analyst and production crew.
I'm very proud that we are being recognized for our work as a team, because it says a lot about what we can do together.
The awards luncheon was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord and Tom Llamas from ABC was the guest speaker.
Check out that one time my co-workers tried to scare me and let's just say it didn't go so well! 2004 WCSC flashback throwback Halloween scare tactic caught on camera!
It was a fun day in Charlotte! So great seeing friends at the Casino Night Saturday, brunch at Sports One and going to the Randy Houser Concert at Rooftop at Epicenter!