“The Glory Train” gospel musical comes to Durham

Determination, faith and humor. These are just a few words Karen Lewis, the niece of one of the actresses and a member of the Antioch Baptist Church uses to describe tomorrow’s gospel musical, “The Glory Train.” For the last three years for Black History Month the Drama Ministry of St. Matthews in Greensboro, N.C holds […]

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Staff of one grocery store worked hard to be prepared for Florence

  With Hurricane Florence threatening off the coast of North Carolina last week, one local grocery store took precautions to be prepared for the storm. Durham VOICE reporter Wade McCreary went to the Food Lion grocery store at 3500 N. Roxboro St. to check out the scene and see what preparations had been made there. […]

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Line dancing helps improve health and coordination

  Dancing has always been a unique way for someone to express themselves, but for Rosalyn Reed, dancing has become the core of her health. Every Tuesday she attends a 7 p.m. line dancing class at the Holton Career and Resource Center on Driver Street. The line dancing class is organized by a group of […]

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Age ain’t nothing but a number

  When there is no barrier between adolescence and adulthood, what makes a person “grown-up?” Standing at the Durham bus terminal one day, I asked a random young male what did he think makes him an adult. “I’m not an adult, but I’ve been through so much more than the average adult and have taken […]

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What’s to become of Durham’s homeless population during Hurricane Florence?

  The impending threat of a Category 4 hurricane barreling towards Durham creates chaos in the community.  Preparing for the worst, individuals and families stock-up on nonperishable food items and water, wait in excessively long lines at gas pumps, ensure the structural soundness and safety of their homes and belongings, and contemplate evacuation. But for […]

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Fake News: The talk of The community and century

  Normally when we hear the term “fake news,” we immediately think of Donald Trump. Especially when talking about Russia rigging the election. But, just because someone says news is fake doesn’t mean that it is. “In this day and age of fake news, accuracy in the Durham VOICE is more important than ever,” said […]

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Heading East: My summer bike ride with Triangle Bikeworks

  In mid-July, a few weeks ago, my friend and fellow PYO (Partners for Youth Opportunity) student, Tyee Meek, and I biked from Chapel Hill to the Outer Banks — a distance totaling over 700 miles — with Triangle Bikeworks. Triangle Bikeworks is an organization that promotes youth leadership development through biking. Our bike tour […]

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An after-school success program: a look into the Boys and Girls Club

  The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club on Alston Avenue in Durham has been serving the community since 1933, and since then, the program has contributed to major accomplishments for local children. The programs at the club have helped the children reach their full potential effectively. The goal of the Boys and Girls Club […]

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East Durham Bake Shop: Still standing strong

  What started as a small one-person operation, known as East Durham Pie Company, has now blossomed into a cozy, independent bakery shop. On the corner of Driver Street and Angier Ave., in Old East Durham, sits one of the sweetest delights. The East Durham Bake shop, launched last March by Ali Rudel, has now […]

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Meet the owners behind an East Durham gem

  A modern revival is slowly underway for historic Old East Durham. But one thing has remained constant for this neighborhood, small businesses. For  local owners,  Ali Rudel and Ben Filippo, running East Durham Bake Shop has been a  labor of love. At the intersection of South Driver Street and Angier Avenue, lies the East […]

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Smiles arrive with school supplies; Burton Elementary’s first day back

  N.C. Central University’s Men’s Achievement Center and National Council of Negro Women teamed up with Burton Elementary School to hand out school supplies to kids on their first day of school on Monday, Aug. 27. This event was planned as a way to connect with the community and increase engagement because schools make up […]

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LGBTQ Pride set in Durham for Sept. 29

  “Pride to me is a day where we recognize there is not just one way to live.” Helana Cragg is the executive director of the LGBTQ Center of Durham. Her vision began in 2014 when she recognized a need to establish a center in heart of downtown. She recognized the center in Raleigh could […]

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The Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People: Ignited by legacy

  The Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People continued its legacy celebrating the eighty-third Annual Founders’ Day Gala at the Durham Convention Center on Aug. 25, honoring local community members who demonstrate black excellence. The mission of the DCABP, according to a statement from Chairman Omar S. Beasley, is to promote the welfare […]

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Rebound for Youth Alternatives gives suspended students another chance

  Maesa Al-Amin, 17, is a senior at Southern School of Energy and Sustainability. She is a competitive dancer on the school’s dance team with dreams of owning her own dance company and dancing in music videos. She has performed at the Durham Performing Arts Center for “An Evening of Entertainment” and at Hillside High […]

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Evan Nicole Bell: Documenting through photography

  Through the exhibit “Faith in Color: A Photographic Exploration of Race, Religion, and America in Tribute to C. Eric Lincoln,” a Duke senior aims to change people’s perceptions. The exhibit is on display in the Duke University Chapel until May 1. Evan Nicole Bell is from Columbia, Maryland,  a planned community founded by Jim […]

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Community Field Day fosters support for Middle Eastern refugees in Durham

Sixth-grader Sedra Khatib cried on her first day at Lakewood Elementary School in Durham a year ago. “[The school] didn’t have a bus to go to home. And they asked me and I didn’t understand,” Sedra said. “They called my dad, and he said he will come. They had to use [Google Translate]. I was […]

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Women’s Empowerment celebrates working women of color

  Hard work deserves recognition. But more than that, it deserves celebration. This year’s Women’s Empowerment VIP breakfast held at the Raleigh Renaissance Hotel on Saturday, April 14, provided the perfect platform for such festivities. The breakfast was set to begin at 8 a.m. in the Renaissance Hotel’s ballroom. The room was reserved exclusively for […]

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Joe Bushfan’s Commissary: More than just food on wheels

  They say love can move mountains, and Joe Bushfan is a mountain of a man. He is big of stature, of smile and of food. Joseph Bushfan owns the Commissary on 2100 Angier Avenue. Although it looks like a quiet location, inside is a buzz of activity. Behind the building, rows of food trucks, […]

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Baking in the community: The East Durham Bake Shop

A new pastry restaurant has opened up on Driver Street. Helmed by an award winning owner and a trained staff, this new shop aims to provide the neighborhood with a space where neighbors could meet, grab coffee, and hang out. Enter Ali Rudel and Ben Filippo. When expecting their first child, the couple moved to […]

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Go79Man getting noticed

  The Chicago-born rapper who calls Durham home, “Go79man” (pronounced Goldman) Walter Gilmore is making big strides with his signature sound that steals the show every time he is on stage. When the crowd hears his raspy signature sound, they go wild. During his rap career, Gilmore started from the bottom like every other rapper […]

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Domonique the fashion blogger finding success

  Durham-based, fashionably-gifted YouTuber, Domonique Robinson has quite the journey as a social media influencer and owns a make-up line for all beauty lovers. She has been into beauty since helping out her mom in the beauty salon when she was younger. Robinson discovered her passion for doing makeup around 10th grade. “I would always […]

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Ithiopia Meekeda launches Blush Essentials

  Entrepreneur Ithiopia Meekeda, has launched her all-pure organic line of body products, “Blush Essentials” to the public this year. She is a Durham native and N.C. Central University graduate who believes in her business. “I founded Blush Essentials Natural Body Products in March 2017. I had a soft launch last year to get an […]

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Miss NC contestants talk Durham ties, pageant stereotypes

Obtaining the job of Miss North Carolina is no easy task, but Savannah Culbreth and Maya Bryant believe they are up for the challenge. Once a year, 49 women gather in Greensboro to prepare themselves for the annual Miss North Carolina competition in June. For Culbreth, Miss Durham 2018, this is her first year competing […]

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The Scrap Exchange celebrates 27th birthday; Reuse Arts District grows

  On Earth Day weekend, April 20-21, the Scrap Exchange will celebrate both its 27th birthday and the grand opening of its new store, Scrap Thrift. It will also host its second DIY (Do It Yourself) Fest for the Durham community. The Scrap Exchange, founded in 1991, bought its current space, a formerly abandoned church, […]

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NCWorks NextGen breaks down barriers to youth employment

 Getting a job has never been a problem for Tevin Guasp. The 26-year-old New York native is hard-working, friendly and eager to learn on and off the job. But, without a high school diploma, Guasp found his career options limited. “I found jobs,” he said, “it just wasn’t a job that I necessarily wanted. It’d […]

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