Year: 2017

Inside Outside Alliance demands change at Durham County Correctional Facility

By Sarah Cline

October 18, 2017

The conditions at the Durham County Correctional Facility need to change, according to the Inside Outside Alliance. And they’re doing everything in their power to make it happen. As part of ongoing protests for prison reforms at the correctional facility, protesters gathered outside of the jail last Friday to voice their grievances with the treatment […]

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The new face of Durham schools: Dr. Pascal Mubenga

By Nile Foxx

  The Durham board of education named Dr. Pascal Mubenga as the new superintendent in a brief meeting on Monday night. Mubenga was signed to a four-year contract with an annual salary of $222,500. He is expected to start around Thanksgiving. Mubenga will take the place of Dr. Bert L’Homme, who surprised the board by […]

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Liberty Arts hosts open studio and sale

By David Fee

The furnaces were fired up, and beer was flowed steadily Saturday for the Liberty Arts open studio tour and sale. Liberty Arts has over a dozen artists working in its studio space on Pearl Street in Northeast Central Durham, working in a variety of mediums such as wood, metal, glass, printing, and textile media. The […]

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A simple Saturday morning: Samuel & Sons isn’t going anywhere

By Allen Longstreet

Angier Avenue was devoid of traffic. It was so quiet for 10 a.m. that it could have been the middle of the night. But inside Samuel & Sons Barber Shop, lively conversation ensued; R&B music filled in the background of stories, smiles and laughs. Samuel Jenkins, 54, gave his first trim of the day to […]

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“Tell ’em that it’s human nature”

By Yizhou Jiang

On a clear and sunny Saturday afternoon, many Durham locals chose to join the second anniversary celebration of the LGBTQ Center of Durham. The event was held on the Rigsbee Avenue between Geer Street and Corporation Street in the form of a family-friendly block party free to the community. The LGBTQ Center of Durham, along […]

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Ungraded Produce: an oasis in the Durham food desert

By Vanessa Luo

Produce is a tough industry. Ungraded Produce was the winner of Duke’s 18th Annual Startup Challenge earlier this year. It was co-founded by 22-year-old Courtney Bell from Rockville, Md. and 22-year-old Saranya (Anya) Ranganathan from Skillman, N.J. Bell and Ranganathan are Duke graduates from the class of 2017. Ungraded Produce is an online service that […]

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Woods-Weeks leads students and teachers to success

By Chrissy Murphy

When Gloria Woods-Weeks was a student at Northern High School in Durham, she knew one day she wanted to serve others. Now, as principal at J. D. Clement Early College High School, that dream has been realized and she is hoping to help students and teachers achieve their own dreams. As a first-generation college student, […]

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Threehouse Studios opens early to say “Somos Juntos”

By Gabby Bulgarelli

On Sunday, some of Durham’s creatives and small business owners nestled into a small parking lot just off of Durham/Chapel Hill Boulevard. They were there with a mission: to raise money in solidarity with Puerto Rico. Organizers Courtney OM, Autumn Nicholas, and Josephine McCrann have been working locally for some time, and knew they would […]

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Happy birthday, ReCity! So much has happened in your first year

By Taylor Mabrey

Durham’s combination of more than three dozen non-profits, faith-based organizations, and mission-driven businesses has turned one year old. ReCity Network was formally started in 2016 after merely being a concept back in 2014. This network, a collaborative space, works to promote creativity, efficiency, innovation, and inspiration within growing businesses in Durham. The hub is 12,000 […]

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After primary, Ali and Schewel network with young professionals

By Davis McKinney

If you remember last year’s election at all, you probably associate politics with divisive attack ads and heated debates. But all negative preconceptions were put to rest last Thursday night at Beyú Caffé where mayoral candidates Steve Schewel and Farad Ali met in a moment of political civility to interact with young professionals from Durham. […]

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Joe’s Comedy Corner brings laughs to Angier Avenue

By Allison Tate

For Joe Bushfan, laughter is important during hard times. That’s why the entrepreneur and community leader started up Joe’s Comedy Corner on Angier Avenue. Now with two successful shows under its belt, it looks like Bushfan and the community are thinking alike. “I think laughter is good for the soul–especially with all these tumultuous times […]

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Motherland Vibrations comes to Durham

By Taquaisha Patrick

October 8, 2017

  Making the jump from being a vendor, who sells products at local and regional events and has to unpack and pack and transport and travel, to opening a store is a momentous jump, but brother and sister team Smkiya and Christopher (who declined to have their last names published) have done just that with […]

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Antioch Baptist Church continues to serve the community

By Julian Keeler

October 6, 2017

  Many Christian churches wait on people to come inside the doors to hear their message, find a spiritual community, and build a relationship with Christ. Others conduct mission work in far-away countries. Antioch Baptist, through many community outreach programs and partners, works right in its own backyard to make Durham better. The church, located […]

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How to be your own boss

By Daija Graves

  Business textbooks probably cannot keep up with how the millennial generation is revolutionizing the art of entrepreneurship. College students, using social media and the internet are finding ways to create products and make money. The days of working at the mall to make some money may be coming to an end. One local example […]

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Bull City Ciderworks takes Durham by the horns

By Camari Jones

  Downtown Durham is expanding more and more every day. New apartments are in the process of being built, family-owned and small businesses are almost taking over the Durham area. There is also a new taproom that is taking the Bull City by the horns, Bull City Ciderworks. Bull City Ciderworks began with four childhood […]

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Affordable housing front and center at second MayorUp forum

By Justin Laidlaw

October 5, 2017

  Affordable housing is a hot button issue in Durham. Since major downtown revitalization began nearly 15 years ago, with developments like American Tobacco Campus and Durham Performing Arts Center, cost of living has shifted dramatically throughout the city. This was the topic of discussion at the second #MayorUp mayoral forum, hosted by Aaron Mandel […]

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Samson’s New Fate

By Carl Smith

  Golden Belt artist Christine Amory Long painted a different ending for Samson’s story; a choice that seems to mirror how she has chosen to change her own life by going from a career in nursing to a career in painting. Although Christine Amory Long began painting at age 10, she didn’t study it seriously […]

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East Durham cobbler does it the Love-Way

By Autavius Smith

Amid the one-story homes around 506 Burlington Avenue, Love-Way Shoe Repair shop, run entirely by 70-year-old Gayford Caston has prolonged his niche-driven business for 32 years with the help of close-knit ties in East Durham. Patrons looking to inquire about shoe restoration might be greeted with a slow widening smile from Caston; a “Hey, how […]

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Micah Group forming in Durham, aims for social justice

By Yizhou Jiang

October 4, 2017

Recently, a new Micah Group began recruiting new members in Durham in hopes of uniting a diverse community. Micah Groups were formed in 2011 by the Ogilvie Institute of Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary in California to create communities of peers for better preacher development throughout the United States. Each Micah Group is consist of […]

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