Affordable housing front and center at second MayorUp forum

  Affordable housing is a hot button issue in Durham. Since major downtown revitalization began nearly 15 years ago, with developments like American Tobacco Campus and Durham Performing Arts Center, cost of living has shifted dramatically throughout the city. This was the topic of discussion at the second #MayorUp mayoral forum, hosted by Aaron Mandel […]

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Motherland Vibrations comes to Durham

  Making the jump from being a vendor, who sells products at local and regional events and has to unpack and pack and transport and travel, to opening a store is a momentous jump, but brother and sister team Smkiya and Christopher (who declined to have their last names published) have done just that with […]

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Antioch Baptist Church continues to serve the community

  Many Christian churches wait on people to come inside the doors to hear their message, find a spiritual community, and build a relationship with Christ. Others conduct mission work in far-away countries. Antioch Baptist, through many community outreach programs and partners, works right in its own backyard to make Durham better. The church, located […]

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How to be your own boss

  Business textbooks probably cannot keep up with how the millennial generation is revolutionizing the art of entrepreneurship. College students, using social media and the internet are finding ways to create products and make money. The days of working at the mall to make some money may be coming to an end. One local example […]

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Bull City Ciderworks takes Durham by the horns

  Downtown Durham is expanding more and more every day. New apartments are in the process of being built, family-owned and small businesses are almost taking over the Durham area. There is also a new taproom that is taking the Bull City by the horns, Bull City Ciderworks. Bull City Ciderworks began with four childhood […]

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Samson’s New Fate

  Golden Belt artist Christine Amory Long painted a different ending for Samson’s story; a choice that seems to mirror how she has chosen to change her own life by going from a career in nursing to a career in painting. Although Christine Amory Long began painting at age 10, she didn’t study it seriously […]

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East Durham cobbler does it the Love-Way

Amid the one-story homes around 506 Burlington Avenue, Love-Way Shoe Repair shop, run entirely by 70-year-old Gayford Caston has prolonged his niche-driven business for 32 years with the help of close-knit ties in East Durham. Patrons looking to inquire about shoe restoration might be greeted with a slow widening smile from Caston; a “Hey, how […]

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Micah Group forming in Durham, aims for social justice

Recently, a new Micah Group began recruiting new members in Durham in hopes of uniting a diverse community. Micah Groups were formed in 2011 by the Ogilvie Institute of Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary in California to create communities of peers for better preacher development throughout the United States. Each Micah Group is consist of […]

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Poetry, Spoken Word and Art: Connecting the Corners of the Triangle

Smells of curries wafted around the open courtyard outside of Vimala’s Curryblossom Café. A DJ was setting up the sound equipment, along with the organizers of the open mic event finalizing the list of performers. The message to the crowd was simple. If you have anything to say – whether it be poetry, song or […]

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Is Durham Hip Hop in Renaissance?

With a highly successful Kickstarter Campaign, and sponsorship from companies like Toyota and Bull Durham Beer under its belt, Beats ’N’ Bars hit the ground running to produce something special in its second year. The festival took over the section of Main Street along Corcoran Avenue on Sept. 22-23, occupying the Pinhook, Parking Lot #20, […]

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SEEDS Harvest Dinner: the essence of the community

Jazz music floated through the air. The Durham Pavilion was illuminated by beautiful string lights. It was time for the annual SEEDS Harvest Dinner, and Durham had shown up for it. Everyone throws around the buzzword community. It is currency in the nonprofit world and education system alike. The Harvest Dinner exemplified thatSEEDS has captured […]

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An interesting mix: pupusas, family and higher education

It’s only noon, but the temperature in the parking lot of the Latino Community Credit Union is already closing in on 90. Still, the heat has nothing on the small, silver food truck parked in the corner of the lot. Inside, Cecilia Polanco and her mother Nora are dishing out pupusas fresh off the flat-top […]

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Urban Entrées and the man behind it all

I move for the city. Shamaine Washington, 36 and better known as Frank Holloway, runs Urban Entrées, a popular food truck that was started in 2012. With a sanitation grade of 100.0, Shamaine Washington stands proudly by his hand-painted food truck. Prior to the beginning of Urban Entrées, Shamaine Washington dabbled in a bit of […]

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Volunteers strive to preserve Geer Cemetery

Of all the places he could be on a sunny Friday afternoon in September, Chris Covington chose a cemetery. It might seem an odd choice, but if you saw the state of Geer Cemetery at 800 Colonial St. in Durham, you might understand why. After looking at the rusty, dilapidated fences, the overturned tombstones and […]

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Collective Wellness offers classes to support health journey

  On a recent Wednesday, a small group of women took a break from the demands of the outside world to focus on themselves at Collective Wellness in Durham. The free Wednesday workshop, this particular week, focused on reflecting on individual values, beliefs and language to live one’s best life. Each week there is a […]

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NCCU School of Law hosts series to educate community on rights

North Carolina Central University School of Law held a panel on special education student rights titled “Educational Plans in the North Carolina School System.” The panel, held last Wednesday Oct. 20, was one of many that they will be hosting as a part of their Virtual Justice Project, which aims to address the under-representation of […]

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‘The Scrap’ and a RAD new development

  Walk into The Scrap Exchange on any given Monday, and you may just be greeted by Amy Schmiemann. Schmiemann often frequented this creative reuse arts center back when it was at its Golden Belt location. She loved her decoupage class so much that she decided to apply for a job. Schmiemann has been working […]

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Durham Parks and Rec hosts free farmers’ market

  On a sunny Thursday morning, Clarice Page walked down the hallway of the second floor of the Holton Career and Resource Center, home to Durham Parks and Recreation. Page was one of many Durham residents walking down the hallway that morning headed for Parks and Recreation’s farmers’ market event for seniors over the age […]

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PEACH warns about dangers of lead poisoning

In an earlier version of this story, the VOICE stated incorrectly that PEACH had 300 contractors trained. The correct number of contractors trained by PEACH is 700. The story also incorrectly stated that PEACH was responsible for removing lead hazards in more than 200 buildings; rather it has been responsible for identifying more than 200 […]

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With eye on Oregon, Hillside football star out for season

For the past three seasons, Jamal Elliott has faithfully taken to the field during nightly football practice. But last Wednesday,  he sat on the sideline and watched his teammates play. Elliott is a senior, four-star recruit running back at Hillside High School in Durham. He has verbally committed to a full scholarship to play for […]

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Chuck Stone Diversity Program impactful for teen journalists

  This summer I had the opportunity to attend the Chuck Stone Program at School of Media and Journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. The program was started in 2007 for seniors in high school and honors the legacy of Professor Emeritus Charles “Chuck” Stone. Stone was a Tuskegee Airman during World War II and a prominent […]

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DurhamCares speaks to the community

  Your pastor may have a secret! If he or she seems extra enlightened, it may just be that they have been attending meetings held by DurhamCares. DurhamCares is a non-profit organization that facilitates spaces where the leaders of churches can come together to listen to each other. Their mission is to foster collaboration, develop […]

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Celebrating high school journalism at Hillside

As the Durham VOICE enters its ninth year, when I look back in mind’s eye rear-view-mirror, the thing I see is not the 42 print editions or the hundreds of online versions of our paper. I see faces. For if there’s anything we’ve learned over the years, it’s that community journalism – that all-in, relentlessly […]

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Mature adults find fun and companionship at Durham centers

  Durham is known for being a vibrant, active community and that holds true for its mature citizens as well as its younger ones. The Durham Center for Senior Life and CAARE, Inc. meet the needs of the community in different ways. The Durham Center for Senior Life was founded in 1949 to enhance the […]

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