New homeowners Caryn Braunstein and Emmanuel Rittner stand in front of their new home on 213 S. Driver St. Photo by: Preservation North Carolina

Project RED Offers New Homes, New Beginnings

It’s been two years since the launch of Project RED (Revitalize East Durham)and two homes have already been sold. Homes on Hart Street and South Driver Street now belong to first-time homeowners. “Owning my own home has given me a sense of accomplishment,” said Kenny Parella, one of the homeowners. “I believed, for most of my life, that I would… Read more →

Teacher Regina Diaz and student Mose Cannon read a book as Matthew Graves retrieves a basketball.

75 years of growth, and counting

The John Avery Boys and Girls Club will kick-off a week-long celebration Sept. 28 in recognition of its 75th anniversary. It all began on March 16, 1939,  when a Durham Juvenile Court judge urged the Durham Committee on Negro Affairs to address the issue of juvenile delinquency. Two months later, a Boys Club was formed which (after 47 years, a… Read more →

Coach Wynn demonstrates movement for the team.

Hillside High School Dancers prep for new season

Band season is in full swing for many high schools and colleges nationwide, and one Durham band is particularly anxious for the upcoming season. The Hillside High School Marching Band Dancers (“Sparkle”) are ready for the Friday night lights. Students practice about three to four times a week. There’s stand practice where the ladies perform in the bleachers as the… Read more →

Haitham Afifi works behind the counter of his restaurant.

Restaurant remains culinary hotspot in NECD

Known for its southern cooking, Go Fish and Chicken is a neighborhood favorite in Northeast Central Durham. Last year the restaurant was highlighted in The Voice as one of the best eateries in Durham to dine in. Is it still a one of tastiest places to eat? “I love eating here,” said Jarrel Turrentine, who was dining in the restaurant…. Read more →

A community block party for Northeast Central Durham drew a crowd to North Driver Street for food, fun and activities. Photo by Adrienne Stephens.

Block party unites Northeast Central Durham

  Hundreds of people gathered Sept. 6 in Northeast Central Durham to support each other and shed a positive light on the community. What better way to do so than with a block party? The block party focused on children, engaging them in different activities such as Zumba, face painting, and bike riding. They also took turns jumping around in… Read more →

TROSA Graduates Put Doubts in the Past

The newest group of TROSA graduates will cross the stage Sunday, May 18, having overcome substance addiction – and the doubts of those who thought they would never make it. Some have struggled with addiction for many years. Some have faced criminal charges, joblessness and estrangement from their families. One graduate-to-be, Tanya Parks of Bryson City, remembers exactly how a… Read more →

The Reverend Michael D. Page of Antioch Baptist Church, flanked by VOICE Editor (fall 2014) Zoe Schaver, left, and VOICE co-editor (spring 2014) Zach Potter on MLK Sunday. (Staff Photo by Jock Lauterer)

Durham and “A Tale of Two Cities”

  Editor’s Note: the following is excerpted from the annual State of the County address delivered by Dr. Michael D. Page, chairman of the Durham County Board of Commissioners on March 24 . The Reverend Page is also chaplain of North Carolina Central University and senior minister of Antioch Baptist Church. 1415 Holloway St., Durham. Page is also a long-time… Read more →

Carlton Koonce Joins Partners for Youth Opportunity

Carlton Koonce Joins Partners for Youth Opportunity

(Press release from Partners for Youth Opportunities) Carlton Koonce, the current Teen Mentoring Coordinator at the Durham VOICE community newspaper, will be the new Internship and Mentor Coordinator at Partners for Youth Opportunity (PYO). PYO is a youth organization being formed by the merger of YO:Durham (Year of Opportunity for Durham Teens) and Partners for Youth. Koonce will be taking… Read more →


Hillside’s William Logan named DPS Principal of the Year

  By Kristen Mayo, Jazmine Dixon and Breana Kea Hillside Chronicle Staff  Writers,  Hillside High School   Hillside Principal William Logan has been awarded the Principal of the Year award for Durham Public Schools. “I felt stunned, appreciated and grateful,” Logan said, after almost shedding tears of joy. Logan was completely surprised about receiving the award. “I hadn’t been nominated,”… Read more →

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Hillside hosts a rally for public schools

  By: the Hillside High School Chronicle staff On Monday, Nov. 4 Hillside joined many other schools in North Carolina in a “walk-in” for public education. Parents, teachers and students gathered in front of the school at 6:45 a.m. to rally for public schools. “Public education is at the root of our society’s problems, yet we still get treated like… Read more →