Year: 2012

Whitted rescue on track

By Carl Kenney

November 28, 2012

By Christa Watson NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Standing proud just south of the Durham Freeway in the Rolling Hills neighborhood of the historic Hayti district is a building that once-upon-a-time thrived with high school and junior high school students. For about 30 years the abandoned building on Umstead Street – built […]

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Grocery store closure hinders food access

By Carl Kenney

November 27, 2012

By Matt Phillips NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Residents of Wellons Village are without easy pedestrian access to a grocery store after Lowes Foods at 1001 North Miami Blvd. shuttered its doors this past September. The store, formerly a key retail asset in The Village Shopping Center, closed after providing service to […]

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Art student enjoys semester at Golden Belt

By Carl Kenney

By Trenton Little NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   N.C. Central University studio art senior Quintin Neal knows that opportunities don’t come to students frequently. He decided to take advantage of a unique opportunity he was given; take up residence in a Golden Belt art studio for the fall semester. NCCU Suntrust Endowed […]

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Working the polls: A changing world

By Carl Kenney

By Anita Keith-Foust NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   With a quick internet search, one can see that dirty politics is no stranger to North Carolina. Pollworkers in Durham reported that the local election took on an unusual degree of shadiness in the Durham County Commissioner and Superior Court Judge races this general […]

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Bull City Urban Market plans opening for December

By Carl Kenney

By Chris James NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Almost one year after the VOICE brought you a story about the Bull City Urban Market, the renovations are complete and the indoor market plans to open on Dec. 15. The outdoor market has been open on Saturdays for over a year, and the […]

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Parks and Recreation helps seniors ‘eat their veggies’

By Carl Kenney

By Jorashae Graddick NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Durham seniors can get a nutritional boost through a twice-monthly program at the Holton Career and Resource Center. The Farmer’s Market holds nutritional talks and gives out food and produce. The most recent one was held on Thursday, Nov. 15 and more than 60 […]

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Golden Belt creates a welcoming space for artist

By Carl Kenney

By Katie Godwin NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Artists from near and far are finding the Golden Belt studios to be productive, inspiring places to work Ross Ford, who moved to North Carolina in 2010 so his wife could study neurology at UNC, drives daily from Carrboro to his studio in Northeast […]

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Welcome Baby goal ‘to serve whole family’

By Carl Kenney

November 26, 2012

By Hayley Paytes UNC Co-Editor the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Evenflo convertible carseats are stacked three boxes high, and rainbow rows of baby clothes line the walls. Baby food is served up on a swivelling rack and Huggies are rubber banded in packs of six. At Welcome Baby, everything is baby – but it’s the “welcome” […]

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Many Voices: The ‘Durham Nutcracker’

By Carl Kenney

By Carol Longoria UNC Co-Editor the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Voices poured out of Walltown Children’s Theater as parents and children rushed into rehearsal.  “Let’s go through the party scene,” directed Cynthia Penn, artistic director and founder of the Walltown Children’s Theater. The voices died down as the cast scrambled into place. Since September cast […]

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Share Your Christmas: 37 Years of Christmas Cheer

By Carl Kenney

By Dylan Campfield For the last 37 years, Share Your Christmas has been providing happy holidays for underprivileged families in the Durham area. A joint collaboration between The Volunteer Center of Durham, Durham County Department of Social Services and The Herald-Sun, the program pairs people who wish to help with a family in need over […]

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Food, Crafts and Friends, Oh My!

By Carl Kenney

By Brianna Rolfe UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Locally grown fruits and vegetables, natural soaps and crafts lined the perimeter of The Pavilion at Durham Central Park, Nov. 17. Every Saturday at 501 Foster St. from 8 a.m. until noon, the Durham Farmer’s Market attracts a crowd of people in search of […]

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Durham encourages community innovation

By Carl Kenney

By Jackson Foster UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE   The members of Durham’s Neighborhood Improvement Services are excited, according to Constance Stancil, the director. On Nov. 12 and 13, Stancil and other representatives from the Durham presented a grant proposal to the Bloomberg Foundation in New York City at an “ideas camp”. “We were […]

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Volunteering – for a greater nation

By Carl Kenney

November 13, 2012

By Shazeeda Mohamed Teen Staff Writer Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School the Durham VOICE thedurahmvoice@gmail.com   Mohandas Gandhi said, “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Second Chance Pet Adoptions is one animal shelter paving the way for a greater nation. […]

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Pushing forward to reach the big spot

By Carl Kenney

By Nishun Stone YO:Durham Intern the Durham Voice thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Love is the heart of the kitchen. For me, becoming a chef is more than a dream. On both sides of my family, my mother and father, there are great cooks. Growing up around food, cooking became more than second nature to me. It became […]

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Gangs’ use of social media on the rise

By Caitlin Owens

Gang members’ use of social media sites goes beyond reflecting their identities and gang-related behaviors. It helps create them, Durham gang prevention officials said. Many young gang members actively use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. The effects of social media sites on gang activity are increasing, said Chad Martin, staff member of the resident services […]

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The ‘invisible’ people

By Carl Kenney

November 7, 2012

By Hayley Paytes UNC Co-Editor the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com The oversized sweatshirt is faded grey with wear. The stitching on the front has started to unravel. But as Johnathon, 27, tugs it away from himself, the red script emblazoned on the front stands out just fine: “Dairy Queen,” it reads. “I work there,” Johnathon said. […]

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Stories, food, flowers mark El Dia de los Muertos

By Carl Kenney

By Brianna Rolfe UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   People from across the community came to pay homage to their lost relatives at the South Eastern Efforts Developing Sustainable Spaces, SEEDS, El Dia de los Muertos celebration, held Nov. 3. SEEDS held the celebration from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the SEEDS […]

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Artist uses talent to give back to Durham

By Carl Kenney

By Dylan Campfield UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Art can take many shapes and forms in many places, but for local artist Eleatta Diver, it found a home in Durham. “I’ve painted all my life really,” Diver says. “But since moving to North Carolina in 2003, I’ve focused my work in a […]

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Salvation Army joins Pink Revolution

By Carl Kenney

By Trenton Little NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   As Breast Cancer Awareness month came to a close last week the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club had “Pink Day” on Oct. 30. Kids, mostly girls, were encouraged to wear pink, and become more knowledgeable about the disease. “The Boys & Girls Club […]

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“One Million Strong” captures passion in history

By Carl Kenney

By Christa Watson NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com The “One Million Strong” photography exhibit captures unity as seen through seven different marches. The Hayti Heritage Center is home to this exhibit from now through Nov. 30. Katina Parker, filmmaker and photographer started in 1995 with the Million Man March and ended in 2005 […]

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Steering Team looks for ways to improve park usage

By Carl Kenney

By Julia Brooks NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com The Master Plan Steering Team, created by Durham Parks and Recreation, met last week to discuss issues with the way parks are used and information about parks is communicated with the public. The meeting, held on Nov. 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Holton Career […]

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Sneed’s Tater Bread Café sells soul food

By Carl Kenney

By Jonathan Alexander NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com It didn’t take long for Walter Sneed, owner of Tater Bread Café, to decide he wanted to run his own restaurant. He was riding through Northeast Central Durham and stopped at what was formerly Jane’s Takeout. He said he asked the people next door who […]

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Good hair, strong woman

By Carl Kenney

By Jalen Dixon NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmai.com Nov. 20 marks the launch of Pür Bella, a set of aromatherapy oils that are 100 percent all natural, organic and chemical free. Lashanda DeBerry, a hair stylist of 20 years and Durham native, invented Pür Bella and will be selling at her hair salon […]

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Geer Cemetery languishes

By Carl Kenney

By Monique Lewis NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com A funeral is a ceremony for celebrating, respecting and remembering a person’s life. And the place where someone is buried is traditionally a dignified setting. But at Geer Cemetery in North Durham, the reality is a resting place that is in tatters. The entire cemetery […]

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Charter school brings “Joy” to NECD

By Carl Kenney

By Chanel Coley NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   What used to stand as Y.E. Smith School on Driver Street in NECD will be the new location of Maureen Joy Charter School beginning in August. The school, currently located on Garrett Road in Durham, has 350 students enrolled and will be able to […]

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A mother’s worth

By Carl Kenney

October 28, 2012

By Imani Burrell YO: Durham Intern the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Recent information from the North Carolina Department of Justice reports that between 2010 and 2011 juvenile crime dropped by 7 percent in all crime categories and 10 percent in violent crime. I figure that there’s nothing much for teens in town to do, and […]

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Living in Golden Belt

By Carl Kenney

October 27, 2012

By Chanel Coley NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Spacious. Eclectic. Environmental. These words come to mind when visiting the lofts at the Golden Belt Complex. Located on East Main Street, Golden Belt offers 37 non-furnished lofts. Each one has one bedroom that is located upstairs, one bathroom, a washer and dryer that is […]

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People’s Durham works to rally voters for the election

By Carl Kenney

October 26, 2012

By Safiyah Gray Staff Writer the Hillside Chronicle Hillside High School   Hillside history teacher Bryan Proffitt works with an organization called People’s Durham, which is a group of students, teachers and parents who come together to solve problems related to education and the economy. The group will be going out to working-class neighborhoods and […]

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Election 2012 calls young first-time voters

By Carl Kenney

By Mahdiyah Al-askari YO:Durham Intern the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   American elections are here again, and joining them in Durham is another group of new young voters. Nineteen-year-old Carina Barboza, a student at Durham Technical Community College, says she is energized about voting for the first time. “I am very excited because this is my […]

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Hillside launches theatre season with West Side Story

By Carl Kenney

By Linda Williams the Hillside Chronicle Hillside High School   The Hillside theater department will be putting on West Side Story, Martin Said So and Why Mosquitos Buzz for its 2012-13 season. Hillside’s theater department will be offering education matinees along with weekend shows. The dates for West Side Story will be from Nov. 8 […]

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Junior year: freedom comes with responsibility

By Carl Kenney

By Sharif Ruebin Editor The Josephine Dobbs Early College High School Chronicles   It’s quite a rigorous challenge to make a smooth transition from freshman to sophomore year at J.D. Clement Early College. But once adapted, these juniors, full of enthusiasm and new responsibilities, say they have adjusted to full campus privileges. “I really love […]

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Durham comes together for the homeless

By Carl Kenney

October 25, 2012

  Editor’s note: NCCU reporters from the VOICE attended this year’s Durham’s Project Homeless Connect and bring the following stories covering different aspects of the event.   The Event By Jorashae Graddick and Katie Godwin NCCU Staff Writers the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   On Thursday, Oct. 11, Durham Opening Doors Homeless Prevention and Services held […]

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Save-A-Lot turns Ugly Duckling to a swan

By Carl Kenney

By Anita Keith-Foust NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   The story of the ugly duckling can be compared to the old Winn Dixie site at 812 Liberty Street in Northeast Central Durham when Save-A-Lot opened its doors with a grand opening on Thursday, September 27, 2012. The government officials were there for the […]

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Community media mogul ‘celebrates the ordinary’

By Carl Kenney

October 23, 2012

By Matt Phillips NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   South Side Scoop Tires. It all started with tires. Chicago’s South Side was full of them. They were in alleys and on street corners, the rubber refuse of neighborhood mechanics trying to get by. Pat Murray had already self-published either one or two issues […]

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Antioch Church helps NECD think pink

By Carl Kenney

By Mea Foster NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Survivors, supporters and sisters gathered for the breast cancer month kick-off at Antioch Baptist Church in NECD, early Saturday, Oct 6. The pink ribbons, shoes, and shirts were present as women, and even a few men gathered in an effort to raise community awareness of […]

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Harold “Cook” Dixon knows Durham’s roads

By Carl Kenney

By Jalen Dixon NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   There are many roads in life: some short, some long, but certain people choose all the roads to travel along every day. As a cab driver and businessman, Harold Dixon can say his knows every main street and avenue in Durham. Harold Dixon, known […]

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Fittingly titled, “The Art of Giving”

By Carl Kenney

By Colby Gresham NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   LifE KiT Lifestyle Co., a Durham-based accessory and apparel company, is on a mission. But it’s not just a mission to make a profit. On the evening of Sept. 30 LifE KiT hosted an exclusive night of shopping and live music at MotorCo Music […]

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Neighbor Profiles: Roy Alston, trophy legend

By Carl Kenney

By Chris James NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com If you go to 2112 Angier Ave., you will see a building with paper over the windows and the doors locked.  But 22 months ago, Triangle Trophy Shop, the first trophy outlet in the city of Durham, was up and running, thanks to Mr. Roy […]

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Phoenix Fest attracts large crowds in celebration of Hayti community

By Carl Kenney

October 22, 2012

By Brianna Rolfe UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Thousands came out to support friends and family, dance and cheer, indulge in foods, but most importantly to celebrate the legacy of Durham’s Hayti community at the 11th annual Phoenix Fest October 6. Denise Hester, founder of the Phoenix Fest, said, “We saw about 10,000 […]

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Destin: A story of hope

By Carl Kenney

By Carol Longoria UNC  Co-Editor the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Life was not always easy in the Johnson household.  Destin Johnson, the youngest of four children, started life in relative stability for the first eight to ten years.  Then his family was hit hard with a series of events — job loss, substance addiction, parents’ […]

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Teleconferencing allows for state-wide talks with attorneys

By Carl Kenney

By Jackson Foster UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com The Technology Assisted Legal Instruction and Services (TALIAS), based out of North Carolina Central University, provides legal clinic services to low-income residents in underserved communities through teleconferencing. TALIAS lets lawyers communicate with people across the state, and one of the things they are doing is […]

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New Save-A-Lot is already a good neighbor

By Carl Kenney

By Alex Arey UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   “I like it. I love it. I live it,” said Stacey Hanson. Hanson, a Save-A-Lot employee, born and raised in Durham, knows most of the people coming in. For her, it’s a community grocery store. A familiar face always emerges from Save-A-Lot’s automatic sliding […]

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Reporting crime is part of the crime-solving puzzle

By Caitlin Owens

Sometimes bullet holes in the wall of a house serve as the only indication that a crime has occurred. Although Durham officials encourage community members to call the police when a crime is committed, both parties claim that incidents frequently go unreported. Victims often fail to report violent crime in particular. This results from either […]

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Fundraising helps Boys and Girls Club after office fire

By Carl Kenney

By Matt Phillips NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   Creative fundraising efforts for the John Avery Boys and Girls Club in Durham to replace sports equipment lost in a fire early last month are under way. On Oct. 20, the club held a Zumba fundraiser hosted at Grey Stone Baptist Church on Hillsborough […]

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For my father, keeping the dream alive

By Carl Kenney

October 4, 2012

By Ana Aguilar Editor the Southern High School’s Spartan Scoop With one more year of high school left,  I find myself thinking a lot about what college I will attend. As I was growing up, my mother would talk to me about how important attending college is in order to become someone in life. She […]

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Making the cut in life

By Carl Kenney

By Raeshawn Wall YO: Durham Intern The Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com I’m a sophomore at C.E. Jordan High School and have lived in Durham my whole life. One thing I’m into is sports, mainly basketball, so I decided to share with the Durham VOICE my story about open gym at my school. Open gym is when […]

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Fighting for the Trail

By Carl Kenney

October 3, 2012

 By Mahdiyah Al-Askari YO: Durham Intern the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   As a female, I believe we need to protect ourselves with self-defense, instincts and even our words, because we never know what obstacles may come our way. Being prepared always pays off in the end. If you’ve been following the news, you probably have […]

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“Antioch Builds Community” brings hope to NECD

By Carl Kenney

By Chanel Coley NCCU Staff Writer The Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com The empty lot with the sign “Future Home of Antioch Builds Community,” is a bit deceiving because Antioch Builds Community has been hard at work for almost five years helping to improve the quality of life for NECD residents. Nonetheless, founder Rev. Dr. Michael D. […]

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Fashion show kicks off “Build-a-Better Block” event

By Carl Kenney

  By Carol Longoria UNC Co-Editor the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com A once vacant parking lot scattered with litter and debris was transformed into a modeling runway, complete with catwalk, chairs and tents. Community volunteers arrived around 7 a.m. to complete the makeover in the lot at the corner of Angier Avenue and Salem Street on […]

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LATCH helps county’s uninsured with medical issues

By Carl Kenney

By Jackson Foster UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com “70 percent of the Latino community is Durham County is uninsured.” Stephanie Triantafillou is the coordinator at Local Access to Coordinated Healthcare (LATCH), a program within the Duke University Medical System. She is at the City of Durham’s Annual Latino Festival, telling local residents about […]

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