Year: 2024

Mike De Los Santos spreading love through food in East Durham

By Campbell Atterbury

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024 By Campbell Atterbury When 16-year-old Mike De Los Santos took a playful jab at his boss’s way of making barbeque, his boss sighed and decided there was only one thing to do. Put him in charge.  Just like that, De Los Santos was responsible for the food truck that day. It […]

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A Stroll Down to Missy Lane’s

By Kenzie Novak and Regan Rhymes

February 26, 2024

DURHAM, NC — In the vibrant arts and culture scene of Durham, NC, a new addition stands out: Missy Lane’s Assembly Room. This recently opened arts venue is not just another music venue; it’s a cultural hub that fills a niche in Durham’s arts scene.

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Safe Space: Building a Future of Inclusion for the Trans Community at Salons

By Heather Diehl

February 23, 2024

Friday, Feb. 23, 2024 By Heather Diehl Safe Space Salon and Art Gallery in Durham, N.C., exudes a welcoming energy starting with the pride flags waving in the wind and the wagging tail of Cassie, the salon’s dog, greeting everyone as they walk inside. The name, Safe Space, encompasses exactly what owner, Panduh Kat (she/they), […]

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Durham Native & Black Pioneer: Ben Ruffin

By Brigette Bagley

February 22, 2024

It is Black History Month, which means you have likely seen social media posts and news articles commemorating the most influential Black pioneers in American history. But have you heard of Ben Ruffin in these posts or articles?

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East Durham Sweet Shoppe: Uniting Community through Decadent Treats and Local Flavor

By Ryan Christiano

Stacy Ramos’s East Durham Sweet Shoppe isn’t just about sweets; it’s a beacon of community spirit and collaboration in East Durham. Through her dedication to fostering relationships and supporting local talent, Ramos has turned her storefront into a cherished gathering place. With dreams of expansion and a commitment to providing jobs for Durham citizens, Ramos’s vision extends far beyond confectionery delights—it’s about building a stronger, more connected community, one sweet treat at a time.

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Durham and Dance, A Trip To Linden’s Dancewear

By Lesley Gonzalez

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 By Lesley Gonzalez For the last 16 years, Linden’s Dancewear has served as a pillar of Durham’s vibrant dance community by filling the void that Durham dancers face with a lack of dancewear stores in the area. Renee and Samantha Allen, the dynamic mother-daughter duo who co-own the store, work tirelessly […]

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What’s Next After High School Athletics?

By Kinslee Braddy

While planning the third annual Champion Durham Classic high school basketball tournament for the end of 2023, the Durham Sports Commission wanted to make this one different from the rest. Furthermore, they were looking for a factor that would make this tournament memorable for all participants and families.

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The Story of Reading 

By Mary Mungai

The Children’s Literacy Project has become a staple of the Durham community, offering free tutoring services to children from low-income households who struggle with literacy. In the face of COVID and disruptions in the Durham school system, the Children’s Literacy Project works with schools and other organizations like LEAP to keep students progressing.

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Visionary Vintage Vendors

By Ava Mayo

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 By Ava Mayo With the pandemic resulting in the closure of many traditional mom and pop stores 2022 was a hesitant time for aspiring business owners. However, for Durham locals, Garret Young-Wright and Aaron Wan, the pandemic proved an opportune time to invest in a future devoted to wears of the […]

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The movement behind ‘not showing up for work:’ To be an employee in Durham Public Schools

By Pragya Upreti

February 20, 2024

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024 By Pragya Upreti What began as an overpayment error in the Durham Public School system—allocating an unintended extra amount to the paychecks of several DPS employees due to an accounting error—has devolved into something far greater, impacting employees and their families on profound levels.  DPS superintendent Pascal Mubenga resigned amid the […]

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Tabb runs for school board

By Max Kurzman

Wendell Tabb taught theater at Hillside High School for almost four decades. He’s running for an uncontested open seat on the Durham Public Schools board.

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Community preserves legacy of Pauli Murray in Durham and beyond

By Eliza Benbow

January 4, 2024

Pauli Murray is known nationally as a Black and LGBTQ+ civil rights activist, writer, teacher and Episcopal priest.  But to Karen Ross, the founder and president of the Pauli Murray Foundation, Murray was family. Ross, the great niece of Murray, has been working since 2012 to provide students involved in their own activism with scholarship […]

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