Threshold Clubhouse — where people understand

At first glance, the one-story brick building located in Wellons Village, just off of Gary Street, doesn’t seem too extraordinary. But on the inside, there are hundreds of stories ready to be told. Threshold Clubhouse Durham (TC) is a place dedicated to serving adults with severe mental illness — such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and […]

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Durham’s StudentU builds a legacy of success stories

By Brittany Cowan Education is a complex, often controversial topic for discussion, as the viewpoints of teachers, legislators, and community leaders can sometimes result in bitter conflict. In Durham County, the non-profit organization StudentU has been on a mission since 2005 to shift the conversation towards educational equity and serving student populations that may otherwise […]

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NARAL NC petitions for a pro-choice voice in the presidential debate

Abortion, women’s reproductive rights, and gender equality will be on the ballot in the 2020 presidential election.  With that in mind, NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, located in Durham, has joined 10 other participating organizations in launching a petition to make affordable reproductive health care an important topic on the debate stage. “The petition is asking […]

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Sofia’s offers neighbors a new slice of Angier Avenue

Angier Avenue in historic East Durham has seen its fair share of added concrete, construction, and changes to the neighborhood within recent years. This ever-changing landscape we call Durham is becoming a host to new faces, housing spaces, and local businesses at a dizzying pace. One of those newcomers, Sofia’s Pizza, opened its doors to […]

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Spreading hope — Her Way

“Free for everyone.” That’s how the President and Executive Director of Hope Her Way, Jillian Cross, describes her organization to me about young mothers looking to finish their unfinished college experiences. The organization is an eight-week pre-college program helping low-income, single parents get the higher education they need such as when they have had to […]

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Commentary: Inside the mind of a minority, Latinx edition

This essay is the first in a series of interviews exploring minorities in America. Before we get into this, let me just point out that I am a 16-year-old African- American female. And I know what you’re thinking, “Why in the world is this black girl writing about her Latinx brothers and sisters?”  My answer […]

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Women do Trap Yoga to benefit Autism

Katrina Hayes, an Autism advocate, is passionate about bringing her craft into the streets of Raleigh and the surrounding areas. Hayes is a mother of a child with Autism and has occasionally hosted fundraising events to help the cause.  “As the mother of a child with Autism, I have to be very cognizant where my […]

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Durham VOICE Voices: Courtney Staton and Sam Perry (Episode 6)

  This is a podcast series being produced and reported for the Durham VOICE. With this project, we’re reconnecting with people who were once involved with the VOICE and its community, allowing them to share their journeys and experiences since working with the newspaper. To wrap up this season of DVV, this week we’re doing […]

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The end to a journey just beginning

  This is my story of how writing became an escape, rather than a chore, through journaling — and then journalism. Coming to America with English as my second language I always thought it was the hardest subject to master. Being the quiet shy kid in class, I felt inferior with my English language skills […]

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Young black entrepreneurs launch event Saturday

This Saturday, April 27, a local young black female entrepreneur is inviting other entrepreneurs and other interested community members to a launch event at 5:30 at R.N. Harris Elementary School. R.N. Harris Elementary School is located at 1520 Cooper St. and entry is free. Zarie Baker grew up in Robeson County in the small town […]

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Trendy boss lady: Inspiring aspiring businesswomen

           Durham native Tracee Nichole Hester wears many hats. Some refer to her as the modern day “Renaissance Woman.”             She is a “Good Samaritan,” a wife, mother of three boys, motivational speaker, radio personality, business owner, nail technician, an advocate for young and underprivileged community members, and somewhat of a local celebrity after […]

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Durham residents dance like nobody’s watching

Aubrey Griffith-Zill describes “ecstatic dance” as something that “happens when our thinking mind gets out of the way and our body is able to move uninhibited by thought.” And judging from the Friday night crowd at the Living Arts Collective, it is gaining popularity in Durham. Each session opens with a circle to go over […]

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NIS: working to improve racial equity in city policy decisions

  Durham’s Neighborhood Improvement Services (NIS) Community Engagement Team leaders Lynwood Best and Jacob Lerner understand something that many people don’t appreciate — that there is a vast difference between equality and equity. According to Best and Lerner, equality is making sure everyone is treated equally. Equity is making sure everyone is given the tools […]

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From our files: Remembering and honoring the “Mama Lion”

  Editor’s note: Four years before Ann Atwater’s death in 2016, VOICE teen writer Sharif Ruebin interviewed Atwater at age 76, describing the legendary Durham civil rights activist as a “mama lion.” This story-photo package is reprinted from the May 2012 edition of the Durham VOICE.   Walking into Ann Atwater’s room at Pettigrew Rehabilitation […]

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Durham VOICE Voices: Zenzele Barnes (Episode 5)

This is a podcast series being produced and reported for the Durham VOICE. With this project, we’re reconnecting with people who were once involved with the VOICE and its community, allowing them to share their journeys and experiences since working with the newspaper. This week, DVV welcomes Zenzele Barnes. Zenzele was the VOICE’s first ever […]

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Durham Public Schools career fair offers educators new opportunities

The halls of Hillside High School were packed with administrators, educators and endless opportunity on April 6. Fifty-three schools in the Durham Public Schools system gathered at Hillside High School for the annual Teacher Career and Transfer Fair, a community-wide event for individuals to explore employment opportunities. All grade levels and subject areas are involved, […]

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Zweli’s restaurant: a saga of love lost and found again

  The worlds of the elders do not lock all the doors; they leave the right door open. — Zambian proverb   Zambia borders Zimbabwe to the north. And although the proverb above is not from Zimbabwe, it fits remarkably well with Durham couple and restaurant owners Leonardo Williams and Zwelibanzi Moyo-Williams (Zweli). The two […]

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Don’t Waste Durham engages the community to seek sustainable alternatives to plastic and Styrofoam

Between 2010-2011, Crystal Dreisbach wrote 200 letters to businesses throughout the Triangle. Her mission toward a more sustainable Durham was just beginning. The restaurants Dreisbach wrote to used Styrofoam, and she wanted to talk to distributors about sustainable alternatives, she said. She was working in public health research at the time, and Styrofoam takeout containers […]

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Foster dogs find forever homes with Durham nonprofit

The sun shines down on the picturesque spring afternoon of April 6 at Durham’s Bull City Ciderworks, and Independent Animal Rescue (IAR) is gathering nine of its foster dogs for its latest adoption event. The outdoor space includes a deck and large grassy area. Dozens of Durham residents are spread out across picnic tables, donning […]

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Urban Ministries changes policy to remove barriers to shelters for Durham residents

Urban Ministries of Durham, the largest downtown homeless shelter in the city, connects more than 6,000 people each year to food, shelter and other opportunities. Due to policy changes made in the last year and a half, people seeking shelter will no longer be turned away because they are under the influence of alcohol. Instead, […]

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Durham director addresses domestic violence in new film ‘Take a Stan’

Janie Richardson Sloan wants to break the silence and start a conversation about domestic violence with her film, “Take a Stan.” The film will premiere on April 14 with two showings at The Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham. Sloan, a Durham-based filmmaker, directed the film and co-wrote the script with producer Linda Parnell. Tickets cost […]

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Black Issues Forum revives discussion on Durham’s black-owned businesses

Although the 22nd annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has come to an end, UNC-TV will continue highlighting the work of award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson throughout the month. On Tuesday, April 23, UNC-TV will premiere Nelson’s most recent documentary, “Boss: The Black Experience in Business.” The film touches on rarely discussed stories of black entrepreneurship […]

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