Written by: Caitlin Ball

Commentary: Homelessness in Durham: Why it persists and how the city is fighting it

By Caitlin Ball

November 12, 2014

Editor’s Note: Staff writer Caitlin Ball was one of the photographers participating in the Oct. 10 Project Homeless Connect Durham event in which VOICE photographers made portraits for 55 people attending the support event at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. After spending the better part of the day meeting, talking to and photographing many Durham residents […]

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Residents unite to complete a marathon, one mile at a time

By Caitlin Ball

October 20, 2014

In the next 42 days, many East Durham residents will complete 26 miles of walking in partnership with a program run by the East Durham Children’s Initiative called the East Durham Trail Blazers. The group will walk a 1-mile loop around the Holton Career and Resource Center twice a week for the next six weeks. […]

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Bull City Slam knits together to win regionals

By Caitlin Ball

October 1, 2014

  After a three-year drought, the Bull City Slam Team returned to Durham from Greenville, South Carolina in June with the regional championship in hand. They beat 31 teams to win the 22nd Annual Southern Fried Poetry Slam, a spoken word competition that attracts the best poetry teams from across the South. In nine years […]

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Poet brings hope, healing to audiences

By Caitlin Ball

September 17, 2014

When she was a child, Phyllis Wiley was picked on for being too quiet. She was clumsy with words and an introvert, rarely speaking in class. “In elementary school, I came home several days crying because people were looking at me, that’s how shy I was,” Wiley said. Now this East Durham native stands—all 5’4” […]

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