Written by: Zoe Schaver

Handz Up Entertainment works to make positive, Christian rap popular in Durham

By Zoe Schaver

April 16, 2014

It’s 2 a.m. in downtown Raleigh. Laser lights glow from inside Solas, a popular nightclub, accenting a lively crowd: women in short, form-fitting elastic dresses and skyscraper-high heels stumble arm in arm with friends, laughing, down the animated street. Men playfully shove each other around, guffawing, drinks in hand. Amid the crowd stand Julius Hicks, […]

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Durham Mardi Gras brings a taste of New Orleans

By Zoe Schaver and Kaitlyn Knepp

March 6, 2014

  Sally Grant spent three years of her life in New Orleans. So when she heard Durham musicians & artists held their own raucous downtown Mardi Gras parade each year on Fat Tuesday, she knew instantly she had to get involved. The organization known as Durham Mardi Gras was founded four years ago by a Durham-based, […]

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Swap-O-Rama-Rama highlights Scrap Exchange year of growth

By Zoe Schaver and Kaitlyn Knepp

February 24, 2014

A long, red scrap of cloth and an old mirror wrapped in lights comprised the red-carpet centerpiece for an event Saturday, Feb. 15, that exemplified the Durham Scrap Exchange’s mission of creative reuse — the Swap-O-Rama-Rama. In return for a suggested donation of $10 and their own bag of old clothes, participants could peruse rows […]

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TROSA thrift store moves, bringing bigger profits

By Zoe Schaver

February 5, 2014

An investment in a larger space for the Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA) thrift store  may mean double the revenue toward the organization’s bottom line, said Jeff Stern, TROSA’s director of special projects. That means more opportunities for folks like Sissy Hosay to learn a new trade and start a new life at […]

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