Opinion

Chuck Stone Diversity Program impactful for teen journalists

By Nafisa Shah

October 3, 2017

  This summer I had the opportunity to attend the Chuck Stone Program at School of Media and Journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. The program was started in 2007 for seniors in high school and honors the legacy of Professor Emeritus Charles “Chuck” Stone. Stone was a Tuskegee Airman during World War II and a prominent […]

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Celebrating high school journalism at Hillside

By Jock Lauterer

September 23, 2017

As the Durham VOICE enters its ninth year, when I look back in mind’s eye rear-view-mirror, the thing I see is not the 42 print editions or the hundreds of online versions of our paper. I see faces. For if there’s anything we’ve learned over the years, it’s that community journalism – that all-in, relentlessly […]

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Durham protests: Who is really guilty?

By Nafisa Shah

August 27, 2017

    You may have already heard, but on a Monday in early August a group of protesters pulled down the statue of a Confederate soldier that stood outside the old Durham County courthouse. The statue, the Confederate Soldiers Monument, was dedicated to the county of Durham in May, 1924. Engraved in the statute are […]

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Commentary: This Land is Our Land

By Linda Chen

April 20, 2017

  Think about a landfill. Can you imagine living within five miles of one? Imagine the smells during the summer and the big trucks filled with trash barreling down the streets. Think about the sour-smelling brown water coming from water sources like sinks and bathtubs. Environmental injustice or even environmental racism includes the placement of […]

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Commentary: A world I never knew

By LaMon Jones

April 16, 2017

  Before I entered PYO two years ago, I had the reputation at school of being unmotivated and lazy. One day I got suspended from school for a week — and luckily got sent to a great program called “Rebound,” which helped me keep up with my schoolwork while out of classes. Once I finished […]

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Commentary: My Ride with Meals on Wheels

By Molly Smith

April 5, 2017

The second I set foot inside Meals on Wheels of Durham, I was immediately greeted with an air filled by the smell of sizzling hamburgers, the sound of animated chit-chat and the sight of dozens of smiling faces. After hearing about President Trump’s proposed budget cuts that endanger thousands of local Meals on Wheels agencies […]

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Hillside Chronicle staff writers pen “Letters to Durham”

By Jock Lauterer

April 3, 2017

Editor’s Note:  Following a recent incident near their high school, the Hillside Chronicle staffers of Hillside High School received some negative comments via social media about their school. Anonymous, of course. In response, the staff elected to write “Dear Durham” letters, aided by UNC-CH students from the Durham VOICE mentoring team which has worked with […]

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Looking for opportunity, not a handout

By Carlton Koonce

March 20, 2017

  Opportunities. Not handouts. When you think about it, it’s really not too much to ask. A chance to work and to prove one’s self worth. A chance to get into a good college.  A chance to land a job or start a business that provides for a family. A chance to live a safe, […]

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Teens talk social media

By Veronika Payne

March 9, 2017

  Social media has a profound effect on society. From the way we dress to the way we speak social media takes its toll. Stalking, pornography, and school yard fights all dangers you run across while on social media. There has even been an increase in live streaming suicides among teen social media users. The […]

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Knee-deep in snow, Natasha finds a new home

By LaMon Jones

February 7, 2017

  Being the editor of the Durham Voice is not a role you can just joke around with. You’re in charge of a monthly column, and although that may not seem like much, it’s more than most think. Depending on what you have going on in life, some months may be easy and others not […]

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College doesn’t define me

By Linda Chen

February 6, 2017

  It’s Friday morning at 9:57 a.m. and the stress is real. Friends are discussing colleges, while I sit believing I’ve got the college stress under control. Still, that does not mean there is no stress for me. After overhearing the talk and stress concerning colleges among classmates, I feel it is time to share […]

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Growing up an ‘Other’ in America

By Linda Chen

December 4, 2016

  Growing up, I always felt different. I always entertained myself alone. Played alone and read alone. I was a huge daydreamer and a helpless romantic. I loved to play doctor, school teacher or the mom going into the hospital because she’s having a child. It was just something I always effortlessly did. My story […]

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Evaluating The Trump Card

By LaMon Jones

November 11, 2016

  The 2016 election has been a rollercoaster ride of insults, hate speech, sexism and racism. The Clinton campaign versus the Trump campaign will go down in history as one of the nastiest battles in politics. The career politician Hillary Clinton battled it out with one of the most iconic businessmen of the modern era, […]

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Obama comes to Chapel Hill one last time

By Nafisa Shah

November 10, 2016

  On Wednesday, Nov. 2,  I had the opportunity to see President Obama give one of his last speeches as sitting President at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.     Throughout the day there were several speakers such as Deborah Ross, Roy Cooper, James Taylor and an UNC advocate for the Clinton campaign. […]

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HHS Tennis teaches overcoming adversity

By Nafisa Shah

October 23, 2016

    Playing tennis for Hillside High School since my freshman year has taught me much. Now a senior, I can see how the sport has developed me as a person. Tennis this year started off with only a few returning players from last year’s team. I got involved my 9th grade year because my parents […]

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Commentary: America needs no walls

By Heng Su

October 5, 2016

Editor’s Note: The writer is an international exchange student from the University of Hong Kong.   The United States was born as an open country. From the Pacific to the Atlantic, and from Chapel Hill to Durham, up until recently walls between communities have been a rarity. Take a drive into Northeast Central Durham on […]

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Sharing real thoughts about community college

By LaMon Jones

September 22, 2016

  There is a level of perception when it comes to community colleges that they are not as good as four-year schools. I decided to question one of my long-time friends who just started a semester at Durham Tech about the school in general and its level of education. My first impression about places on […]

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Writing my own happy ending

By Natasha Graham

May 20, 2016

  I have experienced a lot of disappointment in my 18 years on this earth.  These disappointments have been brought on by a number of factors: difficult situations, other people and myself.   I was very isolated as a child, and I didn’t have many friends because of my lack of human interaction.  But I’m not […]

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Our fallen Knight: A tribute to David Pounds

By Natasha Graham

April 3, 2016

  On March 8, 2016, at about 10:30 p.m., young Northern Knight, David Pounds, was shot by someone from a passing vehicle on the 1400 block of Maplewood Drive and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.  He was 15 years old. Now, I didn’t know David personally, but we did attend the same school. […]

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