Leading through faith: Hillside High students create prayer circle at school

In an age when teenagers crave social media popularity, students at Hillside High School are showing their peers the powerful impact that comes from stepping out of the norm. Every school morning at 8:50, the halls of Hillside are filled with sleepy faces, young couples and a growing number of teenagers eager to participate in […]

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Looking for opportunity, not a handout

  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

  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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Warren library still a staple for African-Americans in Durham

The Durham Colored Library was founded in the basement of a church in 1913 as the first African-American library in Durham. In 1940, the library moved to its current location at 1201 Fayetteville Street and was re-named the Stanford L. Warren library. It has since remained an important hub for the city’s African-American community. Hillside High School junior […]

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A Triangle coalition hopes to unify progressives

The Triangle Unity May Day Coalition held a “Triangle People’s Assembly” Saturday, the third such event since President Trump’s election. The assembly hosted representatives from a variety of social and economic justice organizations at The Palace International, a Durham restaurant started by two Kenyan natives. The Triangle Unity May Day Coalition formed in 2016 to […]

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Antioch Baptist Church honors community pioneers for Black History Month

  The pews of Antioch Baptist Church were packed Sunday afternoon as members of the Durham community gathered to celebrate the church’s annual Black History Month honorees. The ceremony, which lasted for two hours, included song, dance, poetry and prayer. Attendees heard the vocal arrangements of Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Male […]

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West African music event brings song and dance to Durham library

A library’s basement meeting room, with its white walls and harsh fluorescent lighting, seems like an unlikely place to find a celebration of any kind, let alone one of African song and dance. Yet in such a room last Friday morning, traditional West African dancing, singing and drumming brought the place to life. Kwabena Osei […]

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Durham Rescue Missions expands campus, services for homeless

The Durham Rescue Mission is building three new dorms in an effort to continue providing more warm meals and safe places to sleep for the homeless of Durham. Ernie Mills, 72, the CEO and co-founder of the mission, says he was inspired to help those in need after watching his father combat alcoholism. He believes […]

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Church pianist uplifts congregation’s spirits

Willis Brown playing an improvisational piece at Antioch Baptist Church. (Recording by Brian Shurney) At the age when most kids start going to school, Willis Brown was already on his way to becoming an accomplished organist. Brown is a musician and composer who has played in churches for all of his life. He’s most proficient […]

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Children learn, grow in SEEDS

  The school bus driver drops the kids off at the entrance of the garden. Kareemah Abdusamad rushes out of the building on 706 Gilbert St. to greet all of the children who are running down the dirt pathway. Abdusamad welcomes each child and asks about their day. She notices that 10-year-old Adrian Platt has a hole […]

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Q&A with Joe’s Commissary owner Joe Bushfan

Joe Bushfan has lived in Durham for about 13 years, and he has nearly seen it all. The owner of Joe’s Commissary and Commercial Kitchen, the Boston native also owns the now-closed Joe’s Diner, located at 2100 Angier Ave. on the corner of Driver Street. In addition to running the commissary, Bushfan sells hot dogs […]

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Local author and life coach speaks at Hillside

  By Elaijah Gibbs-Jones Hillside Chronicle Editor   In early February, a majority of Business and Finance Academy students filed into Hillside’s auditorium to receive professional advice on transitioning from high school to the real world. LaToya Rose, author of Money Matters: Life After Graduation, spoke to Business and Finance Academy (BFA) students. Rose spoke […]

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Rubel looks to engage community with opening of first location

  After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Ali Rubel is taking her passion for baking to the intersection of Angier Avenue and Driver Street with the opening of East Durham Pie Company’s flagship location. A linguistics major in college at William & Mary in Virginia, Rubel got her taste for baking after college as a part-time […]

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Wytha Balance Yoga provides classes for all

  About five years ago Ingrid Saddler-Walker, a certified yoga instructor, spoke with a Durham VOICE reporter about her passion for yoga and her new children’s yoga camp. Since then, Walker has opened up her own yoga studio, Wytha Balance, and has continued to teach yoga in the community. “I wanted to have a location […]

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The Scrap Exchange plans a reuse arts district

In one room of the massive warehouse that houses The Scrap Exchange in Durham, blue barrels brim over with paint swatches in every color and buttons of every shape. In another section, shaky shelves are piled high with fabric bundles and scrapbook paper. The walls of a snaking hallway display the art of professionals and amateurs alike. […]

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Mural documentary depicts a rich Durham Civil Rights history

More than a year after its completion, the Durham Civil Rights Mural at 120 Morris St. lives on through Rodrigo Dorfman’s artful documentary about the designing and painting of the mural. The documentary premiered on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Hayti Heritage Center at 804 Old Fayetteville St., and is now available for free online. Dorfman […]

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Mentor, Dan Brenner, helps Durham community with job placement

  Happy, kind and generous are all words that can be used to describe Dan Brenner. The depths of these qualities are exemplified in the work he does across the Durham community. In his retirement, Brenner volunteers with both Partners for Youth Opportunity and StepUp Ministry in Durham, helping those in need to get back on […]

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New Visions of Africa serves Hayti community

Reuniting the Hayti community is Kasib Abdullah’s vision. Kasib opened his restaurant, New Visions of Africa, in 2004 with his former partners Raheem Muhammad and Rasheed Muhammad. The restaurant is located on 1306 Fayetteville St. in Durham. Today, Kasib runs the store on his own. New Visions serves free food to people in the community […]

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Historic Thousands on Jones Street lives up to its name

  Tens of thousands of people packed the streets for Saturday’s Historic Thousands on Jones Street event in Raleigh, lead by the N.C. NAACP.  According to the event’s organizers, this number exceeded the march’s previous record from 2014. The march was bookended by speeches outside of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts at […]

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Golden Belt Studios showcase diversity in art

The Golden Belt Art Studios in Durham house more than just traditional artists; they create an unlikely home for two scientists as well. J’Nai Willingham, a jeweler, and Chieko Murasugi, an abstract painter, both have scientific backgrounds. Willingham is an anatomy and physiology professor at Durham Technical Community College, and Murasugi has degrees in psychology […]

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25th Annual Vigil Against Violence remembers 44 lost

  For 25 years, the Durham community has been honoring victims of violence with an annual vigil. The 25th Annual Vigil Against Violence will be held 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, at Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St. Organized by the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham and the Durham chapter of […]

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Mayor’s Challenge program helps disabled veterans find a home

Larry Sims, 56, served in the military for 10 years. He also knows what it’s like to not have a place to call home. “I was unemployed and didn’t know anything about the area,” Sims said. “I stayed everywhere from the Durham Rescue Mission, to shelters — even at a bus stop.” Sims is one […]

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Durham youth center, Blackspace, teaches skills and self-expression

Blackspace, a makerspace and youth center, combines art, activism and computer science in a space for young artists in the Durham area to express themselves. Pierce Freelon opened the first Blackspace workshop in 2014 in Chapel Hill. With it, he said, he hoped to provide a free, Afro-centric workshop to help disadvantaged youth in the […]

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