Written by: Allen Longstreet

Give it up for the poet, not the points: Jambalaya Soul’s Annual Women’s Slam

By Allen Longstreet

November 27, 2017

  Saturday nights typically warrant going out. Whether that be to dinner, a nightclub or a movie —  the city of Durham offers a wide variety of options. But this Saturday, on the quiet corner of Lakewood Avenue and Fayetteville Street, inside the Hayti Heritage Center was a collection of voices. Voices that were passionate […]

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A Celebration for the Future: El Centro Hispano turns 25

By Allen Longstreet

November 8, 2017

   It was a quiet and chilly Thursday morning, but the lobby of El Centro Hispano was filled with the sounds of a new workday – phones ringing and conversations taking place. A man and a woman waited to be assisted by the receptionist. The woman, Concepcion Morales, 55, presented the Case Manager, Macarena Sanchez, […]

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

By Allen Longstreet

October 18, 2017

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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Poetry, Spoken Word and Art: Connecting the Corners of the Triangle

By Allen Longstreet

October 4, 2017

Smells of curries wafted around the open courtyard outside of Vimala’s Curryblossom Café. A DJ was setting up the sound equipment, along with the organizers of the open mic event finalizing the list of performers. The message to the crowd was simple. If you have anything to say – whether it be poetry, song or […]

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Durham Green Flea Market: It’s all about what you can give

By Allen Longstreet

September 20, 2017

  On Saturdays and Sundays, there is quite a bit of congestion on East Pettigrew Street, just past the intersection of Alston Avenue. But the traffic isn’t caused from churchgoers or construction — it’s the line of cars waiting to get into the Durham Green Flea Market. Boasting over 150 vendors, with items ranging from […]

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