Year: 2016

Growing up an ‘Other’ in America

By Linda Chen

December 4, 2016

  Growing up, I always felt different. I always entertained myself alone. Played alone and read alone. I was a huge daydreamer and a helpless romantic. I loved to play doctor, school teacher or the mom going into the hospital because she’s having a child. It was just something I always effortlessly did. My story […]

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Google Fiber meets Play-Doh at museum’s Engineer’s Day

By Homer Fennell

December 1, 2016

  At this year’s Engineer’s Day at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, Google Fiber used Play-Doh to engage children and teach them about circuits. The event, held on Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and sponsored by IBM and Cisco, featured many companies showing off the technology and creativity that […]

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Walltown Children’s Theatre dazzles with the “Durham Nutcracker”

By Brenna Elmore

November 28, 2016

In this updated version of “The Nutcracker,” hip-hop, Bollywood and African dance replace the traditional types while a diverse cast of children perform new and different roles. In Act One, we follow Sarah Tucker through the highs and lows of being a dancer as she takes on an updated version of Clara, and in Act […]

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Reaching millennials about voting

By Nijah McKinney

November 15, 2016

  When it comes to elections, many pose the question “Will millennials vote?” While the 2016 election is in the books, it appears that there are continuing questions concerning this age group. For that reason, one Washington, D.C., group conducted a college tour this fall, stopping at N.C. Central University on Nov. 2 to encourage […]

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Black Lives Matter: Shawna Williams says that is what started it all

By Kayla Jones

Black Lives Matter. Shawna Williams says that is what started it all “As a retired educator,” she explains, “I believe that education is the first step in showing our children that black lives matter, that their lives matter.” So, she started the Mt. Calvary United Church of Christ Tutorial Program two years ago on a […]

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Young artist excels in small business

By Prescious Blackwell

November 13, 2016

  Moments after Megan George, of Raleigh, uploaded a picture of a single terrarium she created, someone wanted to buy it. That’s all it took for her to begin to develop her online business. Her success has allowed her to evolve to a storefront: Zen Succulent on Parrish Street in downtown Durham. Durham became a […]

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NCCU’s 100 Black Men help feed homeless at Durham Rescue Mission

By Homer Fennell

  On a warm, breezy Wednesday afternoon the Durham Rescue Mission welcomed students from North Carolina Central University’s 100 Black Men organization who came to work serving residents in the Mission’s cafeteria. When they arrived about 30 minutes before dinner at the Hope Center, the 12 young men from Central found a warm and inviting […]

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Evaluating The Trump Card

By LaMon Jones

November 11, 2016

  The 2016 election has been a rollercoaster ride of insults, hate speech, sexism and racism. The Clinton campaign versus the Trump campaign will go down in history as one of the nastiest battles in politics. The career politician Hillary Clinton battled it out with one of the most iconic businessmen of the modern era, […]

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Obama comes to Chapel Hill one last time

By Nafisa Shah

November 10, 2016

  On Wednesday, Nov. 2,  I had the opportunity to see President Obama give one of his last speeches as sitting President at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.     Throughout the day there were several speakers such as Deborah Ross, Roy Cooper, James Taylor and an UNC advocate for the Clinton campaign. […]

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A Flute's Journey

By Ashlen Renner and Jimmy Wylie

November 9, 2016

From beginning to end, we followed a donated flute until it ended up in the hands of Kidznotes student Brandon Castellanos. Kidznotes is a non-profit organization that offers free orchestral training to the underserved kids in Durham.

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Challenger Football: “One Big Family”

By Christian Phillips and Dillon Deaton

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the day before the Carolina Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals inside Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, there were football games played on the Panthers’ practice fields that had an even greater impact on the community. Those games were a part of the season-ending tournament for the Challenger division of the […]

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Bull City Schools United wants equity for all students

By Jordan Wilkie

  Bull City Schools United, a new advocacy group focused on making Durham Public Schools more race, gender and LGBTQ-inclusive, got its start from three angry teachers in a car. After attending a roundtable discussion hosted by Durham People’s Alliance on LGBTQ issues in schools in February, Matt Hickson, Cheyenne Solorio and Jacqui Batts got to […]

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Fashion designer inspired by Durham’s strong sense of community

By Riley Turner

If you ask Donta Belvin where he got his hat – he’ll gladly tell you the story behind it and build a new connection with you through the process. Durham native Belvin uses inspiration from everyday things and the surrounding Durham community to create one-of-a-kind five-panel hats. What started as a shirt printing business idea with […]

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SEEDS After School: Children learn math, science and art through gardening

By L'erin Jensen and Rob Gourley

South Eastern Efforts Developing Sustainable Spaces (SEEDS) has been teaching gardening to the Durham community since 1994, but, here lately it is the after-school program that has become the focus of the organization’s work. According to Program Manager Leslie Simonds, the after-school program spun out of the community gardening program at SEEDS. Gardeners would bring […]

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The Wiz’s opening night a success for Hillside Drama Department

By Meredith Wilson and Noah Grant

Hundreds  of theatre-goers converged on Hillside High School Friday, Nov. 4, for Hillside Drama Department’s opening night performance of “The Wiz.” Along with the sold-out show, the audience was treated to an awards ceremony and celebration of Wendell Tabb, Hillside’s theatre director. The night began with a “Night Out with Mr. Tabb,” an event honoring […]

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Police Athletic League puts kids and cops on the field

By Brenna Elmore and Rachel Herzog

  On a chilly Saturday morning in November, two police officers cross the deserted soccer field in front of the Holton Career and Resource Center. But they’re not patrolling the area — together, they lift up a soccer goal on their shoulders and move it along the white lines painted in the grass. Soon, cars […]

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Art from New Zealand to Northeast Central Durham

By Prescious Blackwell

October 25, 2016

  Originally from New Zealand, Rachel Campbell brought her art career in 2003 to Durham where she showcases her paintings at art exhibits around the Triangle and beyond. Her painting of NECD resident Malinda Davis and her beloved plants has made it all the way to Hollywood, where it appears in the background of NBC’s […]

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Commentary: Soul food feeds the body and connects the souls

By Heng Su

  I was born and raised in an ancient southwestern town in China where spicy food is practically a requirement. Then I moved to attend college in Hong Kong where the local cuisine lacks “serious chili” and features lighter and sugar-based dishes. Then, this fall semester, when I ended up in Durham, I was introduced […]

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Hillside GSA Supports LGBT Youth In a State That Does Not

By Jordan Wilkie

October 24, 2016

Holly Jordan is the staff sponsor of Hillside High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance, which she helped found in 2010, before she was even “out” to herself. Jordan says she has learned a lot since she began teaching at the predominately black high school when she was 22 years old. “I came from a background that did not […]

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Hillside Drama Department kicks off season with ‘The Wiz,’ celebration of Tabb

By Noah Grant and Rob Gourley

Hillside High School’s Drama Department will kick off its 2016-2017 season with “The Wiz,” Nov. 3-6. The opening weekend will also include a celebration for Wendell Tabb, Hillside’s theatre director, who is in his 30th year of service. Tabb said he directs “The Wiz” every five to seven years. He said he comes back to […]

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