Written by: Kenzie Cook

Rebound for Youth Alternatives gives suspended students another chance

By Kenzie Cook

May 8, 2018

  Maesa Al-Amin, 17, is a senior at Southern School of Energy and Sustainability. She is a competitive dancer on the school’s dance team with dreams of owning her own dance company and dancing in music videos. She has performed at the Durham Performing Arts Center for “An Evening of Entertainment” and at Hillside High […]

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StepUp Durham empowers local job seekers

By Kenzie Cook

April 5, 2018

  In 2013 StepUp Ministry, a Raleigh-based non-profit, sent an exploratory committee to Durham to discover if the city needed or wanted the program launched here, said Tim Wollin, 37, the program director for StepUp Durham. After two years and an invitation from the Durham community, StepUp Durham was born. Emily Dao-Forrester, 27, an employment […]

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Hillside drama teacher changes lives through international theatre

By Kenzie Cook

February 28, 2018

For the last 31 years, North Carolina Central University graduate Wendell Tabb, 55, has headed the theatre program at Hillside High School. In this time, he has transformed the humble high school stage to something more akin to professional theatre. Since 1995, Tabb has directed the International Professional-Student Theatre Exchange Program allowing drama students to […]

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Black History Month Parade introduces block party, attracts all ages

By Kenzie Cook

February 14, 2018

North Carolina’s Annual Black History Month Parade has partied its way down Fayetteville Street past NCCU’s campus for nearly 20 years. But the 16th anniversary of the event brought something new: a block party. Phyllis Coley, the CEO and publisher of Spectacular Magazine, as well as the main organizer of the parade, said she thought […]

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The Studio makes tattooing a private practice

By Kenzie Cook

January 31, 2018

A year ago, 2112 Angier Avenue was an empty storefront sitting next to the local barbershop. That all changed last May, when Durham native Samantha Castrovinci opened her own private tattoo studio, The Studio, after 10 years of tattooing and months of deliberation. “I scoured the internet for six months looking for a place to […]

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