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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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Visionary Vintage Vendors

By Ava Mayo

February 22, 2024

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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Little Brother Block Party outside long-awaited Missy Lane’s Assembly Room highlights the Significance of Hip-Hop and Jazz in Durham

By Ann Licharew

December 25, 2023

There is a lot of pride in being made in Durham. Hip-hop duo Little Brother, consisting of rappers Phonte Coleman and Big Pooh, made their Bull City pride known earlier this season during their block party celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album, The Listening.  Made in Durham: A Little Brother Block Party, was […]

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Reflection on the Durham Voice: Expanding My Horizons to Durham

By Audrey Kashatus

December 10, 2023

Over the course of nearly two years, I have written extensively for the UNC-Chapel Hill student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, covering anything and everything about Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Orange County. This semester, my journalistic purview expanded to encompass Durham, N.C., which has since become of profound significance to me. The four months I […]

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“Anything is possible for a little Black girl from Hamlet,” Durham District Attorney Satana Deberry is running for North Carolina attorney general

By Caroline Horne

December 9, 2023

On Nov. 10, Durham District Attorney, Satana Deberry, entered the Democratic primary for attorney general.  If elected she would not only be the first Black attorney general but also the first female elected to the position in North Carolina. With Duplin County attorney Charles Ingram now out of the running, she is left with two […]

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Public forum develops plan for future art and cultural development in Durham

By Carl Kenney

November 28, 2023

Published November 28, 2023 at 2:06pm Candidates at public forum listen to Laura Ritchie deliver a closing message. She spoke about the importance of arts for the people of Durham. From left to right: Carl Rist, Javiera Caballero, Khaliah Karim, Leonardo Williams, Mike Woodard, Monique Holsey-Hyman, Nate Baker. Durham community members gathered at NorthStar Church […]

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Durham Public Schools Introduces Initiative to Bridge Educational Gaps

By Dezarae Churchill, Amina Accram and Emily Peek

November 19, 2023

By Dezarae Churchill, Amina Accram, Emily Peek DURHAM, NC — Durham Public Schools is introducing a new initiative that it hopes will improve academic excellence, student wellbeing and parent engagement. Called the Growing Together Initiative, the school district hopes the program will help its schools be more efficient and financially accountable. “With the explosion of […]

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Nate Baker’s community support helps him advance in election

By Caroline Horne

November 10, 2023

What makes a candidate a winner? Is it incumbent status or donations? Or maybe voters feel they can trust a prominent voice in a community that knows the candidate well before they were a candidate.  Nate Baker, a candidate new to politics with a background in urban planning, surpassed competition in the primaries. He received […]

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Gun violence and economic crisis drive Marshall Williams Jr.’s run for Durham mayor

By Hannah Adams

October 16, 2023

Durham, North Carolina By Hannah Adams Published Oct. 16, 2023 Gun violence, housing affordability, and economic development remain significant policy areas for Marshall Williams Jr. after losing the Durham primary. His enduring love for the city ensures his continued impact, regardless of the election results.  “I’m fit to represent Durham because I am Durham. No […]

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Nate Baker turns away real estate developer campaign donations, endorsed by two Durham PACs

By Caroline Horne

October 14, 2023

Nate Baker has promised to turn away campaign donations from real estate developers in his campaign for Durham City Council. Baker believes that there should be a balance between developers and the City Council which controls zoning and development that Durham has failed to maintain.  “I think it’s inappropriate, at best unethical, and corrupting to […]

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Durham Youth Mentoring Collaborative hosts annual symposium in anticipation of 2023 city elections

By Ava Dobson

October 13, 2023

From left, Atrayus Goode, Kanalyn Jackson, and Associate of Youth & Public Policy Sontee Dean display a love for their work through genuine smiles (Picture courtesy of the Youth Mentoring Collaborative website). Grinning from ear-to-ear for a zany caricature, little girls patiently await the result of their goofy expressions.  It’s Saturday October 7, and the […]

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Charlitta Burruss’ is Running for the People

By Carl Kenney

October 11, 2023

Charlitta Burruss is running for mayor of Durham. Photo by Kendall Chavis. Charlitta Burruss, a candidate for the mayoral office of Durham, spent her Thursday morning driving around the community picking up and replacing her campaign signs that were kicked over or thrown out. Burruss said that she always looks out for her opponent’s signs […]

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Renee J. Vaughan Talks Housing, Community, and Policing for the Future of Durham 

By Carl Kenney

October 9, 2023

This year’s Durham’s City Council elections have 12 candidates running for three open seats. Renee J. Vaughan is running for the first time for Durham City Council at-large, in hopes that diverse voices of the people of Durham are represented.  Vaughan is a twenty-six year Durham resident, a certified research administrator at Duke University, has […]

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Durham City Council Member Monique Holsey-Hyman reclaiming innocence after seven-month investigation

By Jailyn Neville

October 3, 2023

September 30, 2023 Trigger Warning: Mentions of suicidal thoughts In a mere 24 hours, Durham City Council Member Monique Holsey-Hyman went from announcing her run for city council to being investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation for allegedly extorting a local developer. Suddenly, she was facing the possibility of the council insisting on her […]

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Celebrating a pioneering Black community newspaper

By Carl Kenney

April 12, 2022

Some claim that it’s always Black History Month — so then it’s never too late to celebrate the pioneering work of a bold and enterprising young Black journalist, Milton B. Robinson who, in 1945 launched The Harris Herald, billed proudly as the “Only Negro Newspaper in Rutherford County.”             Robinson’s publication was a groundbreaking, heroic […]

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Honoring our spirit mother, Martha Flowers, 96

By Carl Kenney

When Martha Flowers passed, I bet there was a band of heavenly angels out there at the Pearly Gates to welcome her to the heavenly chorus. For Martha Flowers could sing. Our spirit mother and world-class opera diva, Martha died peacefully on Friday, March 11, at the Jim and Betsey Bryan Hospice Home in Pittsboroafter […]

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Finding peace in El Salvador

By Carl Kenney

November 12, 2021

By Camila Villatoro DCI Cristo Rey High School Intern The Durham VOICE Three thousand miles from Durham, there’s a little country at the southern end of Central America that many people may not be familiar with. El Salvador, the smallest country in Central America, has almost 6.5 million people, and is heavily populated for being […]

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Falling for Autumn – activities for youth in the Durham area

By Carl Kenney

By Rosemarie Dole DCI/Cristo Rey High School Intern The Durham VOICE Even though autumn came late to Durham this year, there’s still enough colorful leaves on the trees to enjoy the season. Looking for ways to not only celebrate the fall season but also ways to get out of the house from Covid lockdowns before […]

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Making standardized tests optional would level the playing field

By Carl Kenney

November 5, 2021

By Lesly Santos DCI Intern The Durham VOICE American College Testing, (the ACT), is a test costing from about $55-$77 required of high school juniors and seniors applying for admission to most colleges and universities. Over the last couple years schools have been debating whether to keep these standardized tests. Due to Covid 19, schools […]

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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 Carl Kenney

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 Carl Kenney

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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