Year: 2009

Durham Rescue Mission mends vets’ lives

By Carl Kenney

November 19, 2009

By Jamese Slade NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com According to USA Today, about one in four of the homeless are veterans. That’s a statistic veterans Raymond Mays and George Johnson knew firsthand. When they found themselves at their lowest, they turned to the Durham Rescue Mission in Northeast Central Durham, a men’s program […]

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No Spectators Allowed

By Carl Kenney

By Praycious Wilson-Gay Teen Arts Co-Editor the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com As we near the end of the semester, schools are showcasing their winter productions. Hillside High School put on the production of “High School Musical,” Jordan put on the production of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” and DSA with “With Their Eyes.” While watching my favorite new […]

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What I’m thankful for in Durham

By Carl Kenney

By Zenzele Barnes Teen Editor the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com The Thanksgiving holiday is coming up, and living in Durham has given me so many things to be thankful for. I am a youth designer at SeeSaw Studio. It is a non-profit after-school program for teens in downtown Durham. Going there has taught me so many […]

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NECD: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

By Carl Kenney

By Jamon Glover NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Northeast Central Durham has gone from a prosperous industrial area to crime ridden and drug infested. A few years ago revitalization measures were put into place to change the look and feel of a historic area, vitally important to Durham. Today city officials, community leaders […]

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14-year-old finds friendship with pharmacist

By Carl Kenney

By Claire Atwell UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com At first glance, Barbara Haight and Sharika Strickland, hurrying out of the rain and in to Pepper’s Pizza in Chapel Hill last Tuesday evening, look more like a teacher and student than good friends. But looks can be deceiving, and as the two have shown, […]

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A new beginning for Old Five Points

By Carl Kenney

By Cara Oxendine NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Old Five Points, one of NECD’s neighborhoods, was originally a commercial district that deteriorated due to a falling economy and highway projects that discouraged pedestrian traffic. Today, the community is working to revive the area. Old Five Points gets its name from the five-way intersection […]

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Colorfest brings out the talent in NECD kids

By Carl Kenney

By Lisa Marie Albert UNC Videographer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com On Oct. 31, REDMASS hosted their first “Colorfest” in downtown Durham, at 105 W. Parrish Street, near the corner of Parrish St. and Mangum St., above The Hair Estate Inc. The community event was fun-filled and creative. Kids painted square panels that were joined in […]

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Martin uses hip-hop to inspire students

By Carl Kenney

By Emily Kennard UNC Co-Editor The Durham VOICE thedurhamoice@gmail.com Hip-hop legend and pioneer Christopher “Play” Martin gives his students at N.C. Central University the ultimate lesson when he teaches Hip-Hop in Context 101. Students couldn’t ask for a better teacher than Martin. Because he lived it. “I feel like George Washington,” said Martin, a former […]

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Building stronger neighborhoods by decreasing gun crime

By Carl Kenney

By Julian March UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Over the first nine days of October, Durham Police arrested 21 people for illegally possessing or carrying a handgun. Those guns were confiscated, but more are still on the streets. Jennifer Snyder coordinates Durham’s Project Safe Neighborhoods, an initiative that operates under the Durham Police […]

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Taking care of hispanic neighbors

By Carl Kenney

By Cara Oxendine NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com underrepresented for so long, Hispanics now represent a fifth of the population in NECD, and have developed organizations that offer an abundance of resources and contacts within their community. During the 1990s, North Carolina had the nation’s fastest growing Hispanic population and according to a […]

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It’s so much more than a game

By Carl Kenney

By Courtney Price UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Kids in the North Durham Basketball and Cheerleader Association learn so much more than how to pass a ball. Hank Brown, who runs the association with his wife, Terry, said that’s not what it’s about. “We’re trying to make them good citizens,” Hank said, who […]

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Community seeks to builds Durham museum

By Carl Kenney

By Emily Browder UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com “Every major city in North Carolina has a history museum except for Durham,” says Tom Krakauer, chairman of the board for the Museum of Durham History. Since the 1940s, numerous efforts to create a museum honoring Durham’s history have been attempted but failed. However, beginning […]

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Vegetable gardens provide nutrition for families

By Carl Kenney

By: David L. Fitts, Jr. NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com As winter descends on the “Bulls Eye,” some residents will participate in a new program to ensure their access to healthy food options. Fifty NECD residents will receive backyard vegetable gardens in the coming months thanks to a $15,000 grant. In June, planning […]

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A visit to the Durham Craft Market

By Carl Kenney

By Brad Piland UNC Videographer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com The Durham Craft Market is located at Durham Central Park across from the Durham Farmers’ Market.  From the first Saturday in April to the last Saturday before Thanksgiving, local artisans set up booths to display and sell their products. VOICE videographer Brad Piland was there on […]

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Backpacks give youth something worth carrying

By Carl Kenney

November 7, 2009

By Kanisha Madison NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Most students take home books on the weekend, but some students at Eastway Elementary School in Northeast Central Durham are taking home something extra – on Friday about 50 students receive a backpack filled with food that will help them get through the weekend […]

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Angier Ave. Baptist has a storied past

By Carl Kenney

November 6, 2009

By Carlton Kooce NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Stop a local at the corner of Angier Avenue and South Driver Street in Northeast Central Durham and ask about the large three story brick church on the corner. What you’ll find out is that it’s a“ mostly white” church that has been in the […]

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Church organizes Halloween alternative

By Carl Kenney

By Erica Smith NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com About 50 children and adults celebrated an alternative Halloween at Saint Joseph’s African Methodist Episcopal Church on Saturday evening. The dining hall was filled with children and adults eating chili dogs, coleslaw, potato chips, popcorn, and cotton candy. Despite the festive atmosphere, a banner hanging […]

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New skate park opens up a world of expression

By Carl Kenney

November 5, 2009

  By Rosalia Preiss Teen Arts Co-Editor the Durham Voice thedurhamvoice@gmail.com After many years of planning, a new skate park is opening on Rigsbee Avenue! Skate culture has recently become popular in Durham, and kids skating down the street has become a common sight in downtown.  Having a skate park will keep kids and teens […]

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SEEDS oral history project showcases local heroes

By Carl Kenney

by Jock Lauterer   Durham VOICE co-adviser thedurhamvoice@gmail.com In an effort to record the authentic voices of their community, seven teenagers in Northeast Central Durham are searching this fall for diamonds in the rough. hometown heroes. “Heroes In Our Midst: Our Village Elders,” aims to capture the life stories of aunts, uncles, moms and dads, […]

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King’s hot dogs link past and future

By Carl Kenney

By Courtney Price Durham VOICE Co-Editor thedurhamvoice@gmail.com While he talks about the future, T.J. McDermott has the past on his mind. McDermott is rebuilding King’s Sandwich Shop on the corner of Foster Street and Geer Street to bring the iconic restaurant back to Durham. “A historic little building like this can take us to the […]

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Mitchell bringing change to Mt. Gilead Baptist Church

By Carl Kenney

By David L. Fitts, Jr. NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com In May, the Rev. Dr. David D. Mitchell ended Mt. Gilead Baptist Church’s two year search for a leader. Coming from Rhode Island, the Thomasville, Georgia native hopes to inspire Mt. Gilead’s congregation and involve the church in its Northeast Central Durham community. […]

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Caribbean Paradise brightens Angier Avenue

By Carl Kenney

By Lisa Marie Albert UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com A new Caribbean-American restaurant, Caribbean Paradise, opened at 2202 Angier Ave. near the intersection with South Driver Street. To brighten up the neighborhood, owner Lydia Joseph asked REDMASS art gallery to paint a mural on the side of their building. Videographer Lisa Marie Albert […]

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The Scrap Exchange: there’s no place quite like it

By Carl Kenney

by Emily Kennard UNC Co-Editor the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Walk into the Scrap Exchange, 548 Foster St., and you might be a little confused. Bins filled with other businesses’ waste such as test tubes, floppy disks, Burger King paper crowns and dental X-rays pack the creative reuse center. But customers leave with wigs, costumes, collages […]

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Manufacturing mill turns to artsy thrills

By Carl Kenney

By Cara Oxendine NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Golden Belt Historical District, originally a textile factory with rich mill village history, is located in Northeast Central Durham and has been redeveloped to offer art space, office space, residential lofts, and retail space. NECD is Durham’s worst area for drugs, violence and crime, but […]

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The Achievement Academy: A Chance to Succeed

By Carl Kenney

By Julian March UNC Staff Writer The Durham Voice thedurhamvoice@gmail.com The Achievement Academy is nestled in a suite in the South Bank Building in downtown Durham. Behind the door, students and volunteers move in and out of the hallway and the two main rooms. Gayle Erdheim, academic director, is on the phone with a parent […]

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Housing for New Hope Bus Tour

By Carl Kenney

by Brad Piland UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Housing for New Hope, a nonprofit organization seeking to end homelessness in Durham, took residents of The Forest at Duke on a tour of their community projects on Tuesday, Oct. 27.  During the tour, the residents met with New Hope staff members and listened to […]

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GREAT showcases former gang car

By Carl Kenney

By Charity Jones NCCU Staff reporter the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com It’s an attention-getter. And that is exactly what the Durham Police Department wants. The all-white Cadillac Escalade has 24-inch spinners, six TVs, a Play Station 2, GPS navigation system and of course a custom paint job. But this car is more than just eye candy. […]

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Job Corps: Building lives and launching careers

By Carl Kenney

By Emily Browder UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com In the new office of Job Corps located on Briggs Avenue near downtown Durham, Samantha Monroe sits quietly completing paperwork before her interview with an admissions counselor. Monroe, 19, moved to Durham last September, unemployed and a high school drop-out. She first heard about the […]

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Uplift East Durham Changes Perceptions

By Carl Kenney

By Jamese Slade NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Despite East Durham’s stereotype as a crime-ridden and violent neighborhood, Uplift East Durham shows people what East Durham is really about. UED is an organization made up of neighborhood residents that live in East Durham. Aidil Collins, a UED member since 2003 said David Arthur […]

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Welcome Baby Prepares Parents for the Stork

By Carl Kenney

By Jamon Glover NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com For 20 years Welcome Baby has been in the business of creating stronger families. Located at 721 Foster St. in Durham and funded by Durham’s Partnership for Children, Welcome Baby has a number of programs including a car seat safety program and a free clothing […]

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Durham students let their voices be heard

By Emily Browder

Last week, the mayoral and city council elections was drawing near, local Durham youth were making sure their voices are heard. On Thursday, Oct. 29, Durham youth ranging from elementary to high school students gathered at the Holton Career and Resource Center to ask questions to their potential community leaders. These young and active members […]

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Photo class teaches more than just photography

By Carl Kenney

October 21, 2009

by Zenzele Barnes Teen Editor-in-Chief the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com                     Last summer, SeeSaw Studios hosted a camp for aspiring young photographers. The workshops were held over two weeks, and five students attended under the instruction of Jock Lauterer, a photojournalism teacher and UNC-Chapel Hill. I was […]

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Rocky Road is good only at the ice cream store

By Carl Kenney

by Briana Aguilar NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Many people might like the ice cream flavor named “rocky road,” but they might not enjoy driving on— or living on — that rocky road. “There are currently 20.97 miles of unpaved road in Durham, which the city maintains,” says Nathan McHenry, Engineering Services Supervisor […]

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Community crafting a vision for children

By Carl Kenney

October 20, 2009

By Jamese Slade NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com NECD community members might have felt like they were back at school last Thursday at the East Durham Children’s Initiative community meeting. Despite the socializing, smiles, food and beverages, attendees got down to business when organizers asked them to put their vision to paper. Police […]

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“With Their Eyes” monologues reflect on 9/11

By Carl Kenney

By Rosalia Preiss   Teen Co-Arts Editor the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Save the date!  On Nov. 12-15, Durham School of the Arts will be presenting the play “With Their Eyes” by Annie Thoms.  The play is a composition of monologues from students at Stuyvestant High School in New York City about the 9/11 attacks on […]

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TROSA: Making a difference in Durham since 1994

By Carl Kenney

By Jamon Glover NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Whether you’ve lived in Durham your whole life or are a recent transplant, the influences of TROSA (Triangle Residential options for Substance Abusers) are hard to miss. Established in 1994 by Kevin McDonald, TROSA has been impacting the lives of people in 80 counties across […]

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TROSA: Each one, teach one

By Carl Kenney

By Julian March UNC Staff Writer The Durham Voice thedurhamvoice@gmail.com In the main office of Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA), Robyn Duff comfortably handles paperwork on her desk and talks on the phone. She’s sharply dressed and has a ready smile. Someone has called with good news, and you can hear the excitement […]

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REDMASS Gallery to host Colorfest, Oct. 31

By Carl Kenney

By Lisa Marie Albert UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com REDMASS Gallery will hosts Colorfest on Oct. 31, 2009 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The REDMASS team hopes this will become an annual event.  Kids are invited to paint 12- by-12 inch squares which will be joined to create a huge painting.  The […]

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SeeSaw Studio gives voice to young artists

By Carl Kenney

By Claire Atwell UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Desiree Sanders, 15, doesn’t spend her weekday afternoons hanging out at the mall or watching television like many other high school students. Instead, Tuesdays through Thursdays she goes to SeeSaw Studio, a free afterschool program in Durham, to practice drawing and designing. “It’s really interesting […]

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Sculptures honor Parrish St., Durham’s “Black Wall St.”

By Carl Kenney

By David L. Fitts, Jr. NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com On Friday, Oct. 16, the final three of six permanent sculptures honoring the legacy of Durham’s Historic Black Wall Street were unveiled on East Parrish and Church Streets. The Parrish Street Advocacy Group and the City of Durham displayed the markers which honored Parrish Street’s rich history. The […]

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Crime is down in the “Bull’s Eye,” council is told

By Carl Kenney

By Aaron Saunders NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com On Thursday, Oct. 8, the NECD Leadership Council discussed future plans and a possible alliance to produce new jobs for residents. Durham Police Department District 1 Captain Winslow Forbes introduced the new “We AS 1” project. This project helps identify people who have been causing […]

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Eastway Village: a gem of urban living

By Carl Kenney

By Erica Smith NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Nestled in the corner of Taylor Street and Alston Avenue sits a gem of urban Durham living: Eastway Village. Eastway Village, single family homes and condominiums, was built on the property of the former Few Gardens Housing Project. “This community is designed for home ownership” […]

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Fall Festival raises money for homeless

By Carl Kenney

By Brad Piland UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Members of the Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church gathered Oct. 17 for the 3rd annual TAPC Fall Festival, a fundraiser in which the proceeds go toward funding Habitat for Humanity, the Durham Rescue Mission and Housing for New Hope. “We love raising the money for these […]

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Youth Football League Combines Athletic and Academic Success

By Carl Kenney

By Aaron Saunders NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com For the past 16 years, Durham youth have been able to grow athletically and academically through the Durham Eagles Athletic Association. Rodney Rogers, a former NBA player who started at Durham’s Hillside High School and Wake Forest University, and James Butch Williams, a Durham attorney […]

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Building community, one art piece at a time

By Carl Kenney

October 8, 2009

By Lisa Marie Albert UNC Staff Videographer/Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com REDMASS, a gallery that opened at 105 W. Parrish Street on Sept. 12, is about much more than just art. In the words of Artie Barksdale, REDMASS is about celebrating community in Durham. Located near the corner of Parrish St. and Mangum St., and […]

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Nneena Freelon’s concert benefits SeeSaw Studio

By Carl Kenney

by Zenzele Barnes Teen Editor-in-Chief the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Famous jazz singer Nneena Freelon performed at the Durham Arts Council Sept. 18th at a benefit concert for the local youth art studio, SeeSaw Studio. Nneena, a five-time Grammy nominee, performed with her band and provided the audience with soulful jazz music in a very intimate […]

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Music moves our world

By Carl Kenney

by Praycious Wilson-Gay with Rosalia Preiss Teen Co-Arts Editors the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Music is a universal language for youth as well as adults. As my peers around me are always in classrooms humming or tapping on the tables, I come to wonder what their involvement in music is and how does it impact their […]

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New life for a neglected corner

By Carl Kenney

By Julian March UNC Staff Writer The Durham VOICE The building on the corner of Driver Street and Angier Avenue doesn’t look like much yet. Brown paper and paint covers the windows, masking what is behind the glass. Inside, holes in the ceiling and walls expose pipes and wires. But if you look closely, there […]

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New Holton Wellness Clinic expects H1N1 vaccine soon

By Carl Kenney

By Lisa Marie Albert UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE For the second time in one day, Raleigh resident Sam Alqadi, 39, visited the new Holton Wellness Center at 401 N. Driver St., located in the old Holton Middle School building. Earlier that day Alqadi brought his 7-year-old nephew to get treatment for flu-like symptoms. […]

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Troy Weaver: a life of serving youth

By Carl Kenney

By Emily Kennard UNC Co-Editor the Durham VOICE Look around Troy Weaver’s office at the brand-new Union Independent School, on the corner of North Roxboro and Dowd streets, and it appears he has hardly started working. Frames are still covered in plastic wrap, shelves remain empty and walls are bare. But the mess isn’t due […]

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