Natasha Graham delivering the VOICE to Los Primos. (Jock Lauterer photos)

Writing my own happy ending

  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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Blog: Remembering Spring 2016

The Durham VOICE published online for the first time during the fall of 2009, with a goal to serve Northeast Central Durham by offering a positive glimpse into the community, which was known by the Durham Police Dept. as “the Bull’s Eye” because of its high crime rate. Now, seven years later, at the end […]

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ReCity working to re-write Durham’s story

These days, turning an old space into a useful environment is the story of Durham. It has happened to the Golden Belt Building (home to the VOICE), which once produced tobacco products, and the Community Family Life and Recreation Center at Lyon Park, which once was an African-American school on the West End. Similarly, ReCity […]

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Nu Development aims to give back to the community

When Dosali Reed-Bandele and Cimarron Reed first met in the late 1990s, they were in college with Reed-Bandele attending Livingstone College and Reed at Saint Augustine University. “I was visiting a mutual friend at St. Augustine’s and we lost touch. A year later we saw each other at Black College Day in Raleigh — and the […]

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SEEDS Hosts 8th Annual Pie Social

Lots of pies will help send a group of young people from Durham across the country to learn about sustainable urban farming, environmental awareness and social accountability. SEEDS (South Eastern Efforts Developing Sustainable Spaces, Inc)  is hosting its 8th Annual Pie Social on May 21 to raise money for the DIG (Durham Inner-City Gardeners) youth […]

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All fun and ga(y)mes: QueerNC gives teens a safe space to connect

Durham teens have responded to House Bill 2, better known as the “bathroom bill”. “Durham was one of the most progressive cities in North Carolina, as far as extending rights to the LGBTQ community,” said Nick Buchser, a youth programs coordinator for Raleigh’s QueerNC. “HB2 took away all of that.” With House Bill 2, or […]

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Hillside alumni reunite through song

College towns have become integral parts of the American landscape, making it difficult to find a city where a high school is still a central part of the community. This is not the case in Durham, where Hillside High School has remained a mainstay of the city. Hillside is so vital to its community that […]

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Straight Talk Support Group aims to educate about incarceration

Prison – a place where everyone has on the same outfit, schedules are followed to the second and people live every day not knowing exactly when they’ll get out. But even if somebody is returned to freedom, getting incorporated into society after years behind bars isn’t exactly easy. People who have been granted freedom face […]

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New charter school expands its reach

When you first walk into KIPP Durham College Prep School at 1107 Holloway St., you may not notice anything out of the ordinary. The walls are covered in colorful posters. The occasional child can be seen walking through the hallway. But if you look at the floor the child is walking on, you may notice […]

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Reduce, reuse, expand? The Scrap Exchange celebrates 25 years

 Welcome to Ann May Woodward’s “alternative universe.” The executive director of The Scrap Exchange, a reuse artistic smorgasbord at 2050 Chapel Hill Rd. by the Lakewood Shopping Center, couldn’t help but be happy with the somewhat chaotic, yet consistently sustainable scene that surrounded her on April 16. The Scrap Exchange celebrated its 25 anniversary with its […]

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Swapping food for community engagement

  Bull City Food Swap, organized by Erin Urquhart, is set to make its debut at Fullsteam Brewery on May 9. This will be the first such event to take place in the Triangle area. Urquhart first came up with the idea of holding food swap events when living in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Inspired by […]

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NHS bans cell phones during classes

  Northern’s new cell phone policy states that, if a teacher sees a student’s phone in class, they will call the office to have an administrator come to the class to take it. The consequences for the policy are: “1st Offense: The cell phone will be confiscated until the end of the current school day […]

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EMPWR U financial lessons go beyond the numbers

Every year on Christmas morning, Johnetta Ruth Alston’s grandchildren were met with stacks of presents in the living room. But when Alston’s daughter lost her job, the family had to cut back.  “There wasn’t no fat white man coming down the chimney because we didn’t have no fireplace in the first place,” Alston said. But […]

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Capturing a developing Durham

Durham has been in a state of rapid development for decades. Old neighborhoods are torn down and reconstructed.  Vacant blocks filled with rubble show projects that were started but never completed. A local artist saw the Durham she grew up in changing before her eyes, so she spent a year creating art to reflect that […]

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New spring break opportunities for East Durham kids

While one mother leisurely planned a spring break trip with her children, another frantically searched for child care. Every year Dajuana Parker, a single mother from Raleigh, takes a trip with her son on his spring break. This year the two took a trip to London with a couple of other family friends. While Parker […]

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Former VOICE editor painting her own future

As Brooklynn Cooper sat in class, something sparked her interest when a fellow student described the College Works Painting program. Cooper, the former 2014-2015 teen editor-in-chief for the Durham VOICE, saw an opportunity for a paid internship she could not resist. College Works Painting is a program that allows students to gain entrepreneurial experience by […]

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Riverside community struggles with potential deportation of one of its own

Imagine the everyday burdens that accompany being a high school student —stress about grades, social anxiety of puberty and looming college admissions. For many, the idea of returning to high school is cringe-worthy, but not for 19-year-old Wildin Acosta. Acosta, a senior at Riverside High School on Rose of Sharon Road, is not fighting to […]

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Racing to recognize our armed forces

Back in February, the Hillside High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps hosted a 5K at the school’s track. The event was done to celebrate 100 years of JROTC. The 5K takes place annually to celebrate one more year of JROTC, and it is required that most cadets enrolled in the program participate in the […]

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Our fallen Knight: A tribute to David Pounds

  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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Two women, one cause, and one special night

  With prom season approaching, many young girls are planning and obsessing over one of the most memorable nights of their lives. However, the reality is that this very night isn’t always a possibility for some girls, as the expenses for prom can be a strain on the finances of their families. “Prom is an […]

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Lion King at DPAC -An unforgettable experience

Are you a Lion King fan? A majority of kids probably know the story of the lion king. It’s a tale of courage, coming of age, responsibility and “Hakuna Matata”, or living stress free. The film was first released in 1994 and more than 20 years later its showing here in Durham at the world […]

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NCCU Durham VOICE reporters win big at competition

Six N.C. Central University mass communication students attended the Southern Regional Press Institute in Savannah, Georgia, in February and walked away with awards for their work with the Durham VOICE from fall 2015. Evan Owens won best overall feature writing for his stories “’DONS Basketball League’ teaches more than just roundball,” “A DPS grad gives […]

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Watering SEEDs with rainwater

SEEDS is at it again with giving back to the community. This time SEEDS (South Eastern Efforts Developing Sustainable Spaces, Inc.) chose a unique route with rainwater. Previous garden manager Bekah Resnick came up with a plan to recycle rainwater about five years ago. The current barrels sit in the front of the lot next […]

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UNC professor writes the story of the Wilmington Ten

Last month, UNC professor Kenneth Janken presented his book, “Wilmington Ten,” to a group at the main branch of the Durham Public Library. The topic brought up strong emotions among some attendees. The Wilmington Ten is a case of nine men and one woman who were wrongfully convicted in 1972 of arson and conspiracy, and […]

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StartUP Durham brings opportunities

  The Courtney Jordan Group is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide opportunities to people with great ideas, through its program, StartUP Durham. “Providing viable solutions for our society’s issues here in Durham is that the wealth disparity in Durham is so great and being able to give services or opportunities to people […]

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