Seeing the World Through a Different Lens

By Khadijah McFadden

May 14, 2021

        I started working with The Durham VOICE my freshman year of high school. Needless to say, I did not start as the Teen Editor-in-Chief of The VOICE. When I was younger, I would just go out with my phone and take pictures of other people, so I started as a photographer. Whenever I was […]

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Triangle Performance Ensemble Presents First virtual performance of Black Nativity Durham

By Jock Lauterer

December 18, 2020

Annual Durham Production Streams On Demand for the 14th Christmas Season One of Durham’s top traditions continues this weekend in a nontraditional way. Triangle Performance Ensemble presents Black Nativity Durham as a virtual production for the first time in its history due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Produced by Wendell Tabb and co-produced by Xavier Cason, […]

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Hunting for a Great Pumpkin during Covid

By Jock Lauterer

November 28, 2020

By Leslie Santos DCI Intern My friend, Lauryn Perry, and I were looking for something to do one day this fall, but with Covid-19 throwing things into chaos, we didn’t know exactly what. In late October, with Halloween just around the corner, we decided to hunt for sunflowers and to go to a pumpkin patch. […]

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Covid-19 Chronicles: Jem Rahlan

By Margaret Gaw

September 18, 2020

https://overcast.fm/+gbOiCoPJI Jem is a student at Durham Tech Community College.  Join us for a conversation with Jem! Listen through the link above or on Spotify!

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Covid-19 Chronicles: Kira Lee

By Margaret Gaw

https://overcast.fm/+gbOjSL2iU Kira Lee is a former member of PYO’s Youth Advisory Board and a student in Durham. Join us for a conversation with Kira — listen through the link above or on Spotify:

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Pandemic puts season on hold for student athletes

By Madison Reese

August 15, 2020

Editor’s Note: This story was written just before the NCHSAA announced the postponement of high school athletics for fall 2020. Volleyball and cross country are the first sports that will be allowed to practice: both start practice Nov. 4 with the first competition set for Nov. 16. Covid-19 has affected the world in ways we’d […]

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Durham schools shift to remote learning in wake of COVID-19

By Victoria Johnson

April 2, 2020

Hillside High School math teacher Raychelle Baptist had planned to teach her students about exponential curves after spring break. But then one such curve forced Durham Public Schools to close its doors. North Carolina reported its first case of COVID-19 on March 3, and just a few weeks later, the state now has over 1,800 […]

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DPS Foundation starts meal service program after school closures

By Gianna Tahan

As the COVID-19 threat continues and thousands of families and children face hunger every day, Durham residents are mobilizing to deliver hot meals to make sure no one goes hungry.  Durham Public Schools Foundation strives to support food security and remote learning for students due to public school closures caused by the coronavirus in North […]

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N.C. Central highlights power of Southern black press as part of Black History Month

By Victor Hensley

February 27, 2020

While many classrooms across the country tell the stories of often-celebrated black figures and events during Black History Month, one professor decided to take a different route by shining a light on an underrepresented industry. As part of his world societies course Tuesday afternoon, Terry Mosley, a professor in the department of history at North […]

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‘Suffering in silence’: Durham residents face disproportionate rates of eviction

By Maydha Devarajan

February 13, 2020

Every day for months, it was simply routine for Durham resident Lutrenda Sumpter to shower with rain boots on. “By myself, (in the) dark and everything,” the 65-year-old recounted as she perched on a leather sofa in the living room of her second-story public housing unit. “That’s how they left me.” Sumpter has been renting […]

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Royelle Hubbert: Positivity with every mile

By Julia Masters

From under his blue baseball cap, Royelle Hubbert sings along, “Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper.” He glances into the rearview mirror every so often to make sure his passengers are still covering the backup vocals. “I try to help set the tone for the day by the music I play in the van,” said […]

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Boys & Girls Clubs reach South Durham community with new location

By Sasha Schroeder

After outgrowing one of their previous locations, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties were ready for a change of scenery. The nonprofit organization rang in the new year with the opening of a new site on Jan. 6 at 1010 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in South Durham. “I expect it […]

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Mother & daughter co-own customizable hair care store

By Brooklyn Brown

Mother-daughter duo Val and Joi Jackson started their business with just $500 and a dream of affordable natural hair care.  Val Jackson, 63, a clinical data specialist from Durham, and her daughter, Joi Jackson, 38, from Durham, co-own Hairizon, a beauty store located on 3119 Guess Rd. in Durham, North Carolina. Hairizon has been in […]

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Durham nonprofit provides resources, hope for formerly incarcerated

By Sophia Wilhelm

Frederick Farrington spent nine years in prison. Now, he is the founder of Bridging the Gap for Hope, a nonprofit that assists former inmates with reentering Durham and preventing repeat offenses. “What I’ve been able to do is connect what’s going on,” he said. “I’m an advocate for those individuals like myself who go to […]

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Volunteers, students plant trees to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By A.J. O'Leary

January 30, 2020

Millions around the country spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day at marches and in churches earlier this month. However, many middle and high school students in Durham chose a different way to celebrate – planting trees. Jonathan Brooks is the principal of Eastway Elementary School, where students from Riverside High School, Rogers-Herr Middle School and […]

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Engineer-turned-artist captures pet personalities in portrait series

By Victor Hensley

The love most people have for their pets is an unbreakable bond. And many of us choose to express the strength of that bond in unconventional ways. Some choose to get the face of their furry feline etched on their skin forever in tattoo form. Others opt to dress their personable pooch in outfits to […]

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Durham choirs unite for Black History Month concert

By Andrew Dundas

Dreaming of a better world and realizing it through unity; that is the theme of the upcoming collaborative concert between North Carolina Central University Choir and the Choral Society of Durham Chamber Choir. There will be two performances and admission is free to both, according to NCCU Choir Director Roberta Laws. The first will be […]

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New Hillside High mural celebrates noted alumna Pauli Murray

By Korie Dean

Pauli Murray, the noted civil rights leader and women’s rights activist, is one of Hillside High School’s most accomplished alumni. But until recently, there was no physical recognition of Murray at the school. Thanks to the school’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA), that’s no longer the case. With the help of the Durham Public Schools […]

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Threshold Clubhouse — where people understand

By Khadijah McFadden

January 9, 2020

At first glance, the one-story brick building located in Wellons Village, just off of Gary Street, doesn’t seem too extraordinary. But on the inside, there are hundreds of stories ready to be told. Threshold Clubhouse Durham (TC) is a place dedicated to serving adults with severe mental illness — such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and […]

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Durham residents dance like nobody’s watching

By Cheyenne Beasley

April 24, 2019

Aubrey Griffith-Zill describes “ecstatic dance” as something that “happens when our thinking mind gets out of the way and our body is able to move uninhibited by thought.” And judging from the Friday night crowd at the Living Arts Collective, it is gaining popularity in Durham. Each session opens with a circle to go over […]

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From our files: Remembering and honoring the “Mama Lion”

By Sharif Ruebin

April 10, 2019

  Editor’s note: Four years before Ann Atwater’s death in 2016, VOICE teen writer Sharif Ruebin interviewed Atwater at age 76, describing the legendary Durham civil rights activist as a “mama lion.” This story-photo package is reprinted from the May 2012 edition of the Durham VOICE.   Walking into Ann Atwater’s room at Pettigrew Rehabilitation […]

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Durham Public Schools career fair offers educators new opportunities

By Diane Adame and Elisabeth Beauchamp

The halls of Hillside High School were packed with administrators, educators and endless opportunity on April 6. Fifty-three schools in the Durham Public Schools system gathered at Hillside High School for the annual Teacher Career and Transfer Fair, a community-wide event for individuals to explore employment opportunities. All grade levels and subject areas are involved, […]

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Durham director addresses domestic violence in new film ‘Take a Stan’

By Will Shropshire

Janie Richardson Sloan wants to break the silence and start a conversation about domestic violence with her film, “Take a Stan.” The film will premiere on April 14 with two showings at The Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham. Sloan, a Durham-based filmmaker, directed the film and co-wrote the script with producer Linda Parnell. Tickets cost […]

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“From Gun Violence to Homesteading:” Johnson shares journey

By Adrianne Cleven

March 27, 2019

North Carolina farmer Chantel Johnson has found solace from gun violence through sustainable living. On March 24, she shared her experience at SEEDS urban garden in Durham as part of her “From Gun Violence to Homesteading” winter speaking tour. “You don’t need a lot of land to grow,” Johnson said. “… Whether you have a […]

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Hillside High School Names Theater after Directors John H. Gattis and Wendell Tabb

By Will Shropshire

Parents and community members honored two of Hillside High School’s drama directors, Wendell Tabb and the late John H. Gattis, by renaming the theater after them. They also dedicated the stage to Tabb. “I feel that it’s an honor that’s well deserved, well earned by both men,” said William Logan, principal of Hillside High School. […]

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After 11 gun-related deaths in Durham in 2019, how is the city reacting?

By Hannah Towey

Durham rang in the new year with tragedy as three people were murdered in two separate shootings, one at Alden Place Apartments and the second on House Avenue. However, residents and officials grew increasingly concerned as the rash spread of homicides increased to six gun-related deaths in just 11 days. In a news conference organized […]

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‘Stand up and say something:’ LGBTQ Durham city council member views speech cancellation at Immaculata Catholic School as learning moment

By Hannah McClellan

Following the cancellation of classes and a Feb. 8 Black History Month event at which Durham City Councilwoman Vernetta Alston was invited to speak, Immaculata Catholic School reinvented Alston to speak in March. Alston was one of six openly LGBTQ candidates in North Carolina elected to office in 2017. She is also an alumna of […]

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Beyu Caffe makes a difference in the community

By Marquise Little

February 20, 2019

  From the initial step into the Beyu Caffe’, a genuine welcoming and  sense of community is received from the staff. The hardened wood floors offer warmth and comfort. The savoring scent of fresh coffee beans sets the stage for the café that the restaurants diverse clientele are drinking. Beyu Caffe is black-owned business that […]

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“Feels like family,” 2019 MLK Unity March and Rally brings community together

By Courtney Staton and Samantha Perry

January 30, 2019

The cold did not keep marchers from participating in the Unity March and Rally, an annual event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day planned by the Durham Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Steering Committee. With scarves wrapped around their faces and gloved hands holding onto homemade signs, the attendees gathered in the lobby of the […]

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Durham nonprofits collaborate to strengthen services for youth

By Carlton Koonce

January 27, 2019

  A pair of Durham nonprofits have formed a strategic alliance to extend services to local youth and their families beyond each organization’s individual capacity. The new partners are the East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) and Partners for Youth Opportunity (PYO).  Under the plan PYO, which focuses on services to high schools students, will offer […]

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Durham Children’s Business Fair fosters innovation

By Arielle Cummings

November 15, 2018

  Empowered Minds Academy is a small independent school of 12 students.  Seven are in elementary school and five are in middle school. “We are a non-traditional school where (our students) are in control of their own learning,” Valine Zeigler, Head of School/Founder/MS Guide. Thanks to this non-traditional school, Durham was able to host 12 […]

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Barktoberfest raises money for underserved communities

By Wade McCreary

November 7, 2018

Durham Parks and Recreation and Beyond Fences teamed up to provide an entertaining afternoon for dog lovers as well as a way for the organization to give back to the community. The 4th Barktoberfest was held Oct. 27 in Durham Central Park. The overcast chilly day didn’t stop people from coming out with their dogs. […]

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After Hurricane Florence: Healing with CAARE

By Christina Gordon

September 28, 2018

Local community-based, non-profit Healing with CAARE, Inc. was prepared for Hurricane Florence ahead of time. With the help of the Inter-faith Food Shuttle, they managed to provide plenty of food to about 40 senior citizens. They were the emergency shelter for the medically fragile, homeless participants who have substance abuse, and veterans. Those participants were […]

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African Fashion Week NC: Presents Afro Marketplace 2018

By Arielle Cummings

September 24, 2018

Durham based African Fashion Week NC (AFWNC) boosted local business and startups again this year with a week long events. On Sept. 8 at The Fruit, 305 S Dillard St. the African Fashion Week NC (AFWNC) hosted the Afro Marketplace. The event allowed vendors to come and sell their products, from jewelry, to bonnets, to the […]

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Fake News: The talk of The community and century

By Qaadir McFadden

September 11, 2018

  Normally when we hear the term “fake news,” we immediately think of Donald Trump. Especially when talking about Russia rigging the election. But, just because someone says news is fake doesn’t mean that it is. “In this day and age of fake news, accuracy in the Durham VOICE is more important than ever,” said […]

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East Durham Children’s Initiative ofrece diversos programas gratis para los niño

By Liz Chen

April 2, 2018

Un sábado típico para Angel, quien tiene 10 años, consiste de un desayuno saludable y balanceado, jugando soccer con sus amigos y aprendiendo algo nuevo en los programas sabatinos de East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) STEAM.  Los sábados STEAM se enfocan en avanzar la educación en ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería, arte y matemática para los estudiantes […]

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Artist teaches people to go beyond the surface of first impressions

By Cole Villena

March 28, 2018

First impressions are built from a variety of visual cues, whether that’s what someone is wearing, where they’re first encountered or how they’re seen interacting with others. In his new “Us & Them” exhibit, Chapel Hill painter William Paul Thomas challenges viewers to build perceptions of individuals by looking only at their faces- and to […]

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Lesbian students get suspended more than straight students

By Joshua Bullock

March 5, 2018

  A recent study suggests that female students who are attracted to female students get suspended and expelled more than female students who are solely attracted to male students. Princeton University student Joel Mittleman performed a population-based study analyzing over 3,000 teenagers from birth. Part of the study included asking the participants their sexual orientations […]

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Meet Wanda Boone, Durham’s social justice and resilience warrior

By Tenley Garrett

February 28, 2018

When Wanda Boone moved to Durham 47 years ago from a small town in New Jersey, she faced a social landscape painted by stark inequity and racial dissonance. Coming from Teaneck, New Jersey, where her social circle embodied ethnic and racial diversity, and discrimination was nearly non-existent in her immediate vicinity, Boone landed in Durham […]

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La comunidad afronta problemas de vivienda en Durham

By Cole Villena and Maria Elena Vizcaino

February 26, 2018

Nigel Brown cree que su destino lo llevó a trabajar ayudando a la gente a tener un techo sobre sus cabezas. En Housing for New Hope, Brown lidera el programa de realojamiento rápido para familias que han perdido su hogar permanente. Este programa es uno de los muchos servicios que la organización ofrece. También son […]

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Durham Head Start children receive free dental care for Give Kids a Smile Day

By Tenley Garrett

February 14, 2018

Nobody likes a visit to the dentist’s office. That’s a stereotype that dental students at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill decided to undo by inviting over 100 Durham-based children between 3 and 4 years of age to its fifth annual Give Kids a Smile Day event on Friday, Feb. 2. Partnered with the Durham Head […]

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El Centro Hispano advocates for a clean DREAM Act

By Caroline Bowyer

January 31, 2018

El Centro Hispano, in coordination with El Pueblo in Raleigh, North Carolina, held a rally outside of Sen. Thom Tillis’ Raleigh office on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The nonprofit organizations gathered in support of a clean DREAM Act. According to its website, El Centro Hispano is a nonprofit organization located in Durham, North Carolina, that “works […]

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A sprinkle of Jazz, a dollop of community and a dash of Latin flare

By Elle Kehres

November 8, 2017

What started off as a simple idea for a coffee shop with soothing background music has morphed into a full-blown restaurant, café, cocktail bar and music venue. Nestled into his chair at Beyu Caffe, Dorian Bolden tried to figure out whether his cappuccino was, in fact, his second or third cup of the day. Bolden, […]

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Durham celebrates literacy at Reader’s Party

By Chrissy Murphy

  At the Hayti Heritage Center Sunday afternoon, Durham residents piled into the auditorium to enjoy selected readings from fellow community members. The Reader’s Party, a family-friendly event hosted by the Durham County Library and sponsored by the Durham Library Foundation, celebrates reading and performing in the community by inviting community members to the stage […]

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The new face of Durham schools: Dr. Pascal Mubenga

By Nile Foxx

October 18, 2017

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 announcing […]

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