Hispanic Community

Miguel Collado, owner of Los Primos, is everybody’s cousin

By Brian Shurney and Jarely Parada

February 1, 2017

Supplying juicy fruit, leafy vegetables and fresh cuts of meat on dinner tables throughout Northeast Central Durham, Miguel Collado is a provider for the community. Miguel is the owner of Los Primos Supermarket on Alston Avenue. He used to have partners running the business with him, but he took sole ownership of the store in […]

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El Centro Hispano shifts focus as it moves into new office space

By Noah Grant

October 5, 2016

El Centro Hispano celebrated its move into a new office space on Saturday, Oct. 1, holding an open house and town hall meeting for board members and citizens of the community. The organization moved into the new space at 2000 Chapel Hill Road in late May, said Pilar Rocha-Goldberg, El Centro’s president and CEO. Rocha-Goldberg […]

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Vianey Martinez: A “Community Baby”

By Anna Williams

October 1, 2015

“I’ve lived in the same ZIP code since I got to the U.S. in fourth-grade—27703,” says Vianey Martinez. Martinez, a 21-year-old senior who is majoring in sociology and Hispanic linguistics, grabs shelter from a downpour at the Old Well. She is the only student from her graduating class at Southern High School to attend UNC-Chapel […]

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Critics claim Alston widening creates division, not access

By Sarah Kaylan Butler

September 17, 2015

  Community members say the Alston Avenue widening project will create more division than access to the neighborhood even after the compromise to save Los Primos Supermarket. The widening project, which will stretch from N.C. Highway 147 (the Durham Freeway) to Holloway Street, has been part of the conversation in North East Central Durham since […]

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The business behind Valentine’s Day

By Jennifer Tietnguyen

February 18, 2015

  Valentine’s Day isn’t just flowers and chocolates. For some Hispanic families in Durham, N.C. – it’s a livelihood. Mayra Hernandez, 21, and her mother, Irma Delgobo, 37, have been setting up their Valentine’s Day stands for over five years. For Delgobo, who runs no other business, this holiday is a special and — most […]

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Latino Fest brings out the best in Durham

By Robert Berges

October 1, 2014

La di da di, Durham likes to party, and on Saturday, Sept. 27 the 10th annual Latino Festival came to Rock Quarry Park – just to see you smile and enjoy yourself. Cynthia Booth, a public affairs coordinator from Durham Parks and Recreation, said, “I like to see people come together to enjoy music, dance, […]

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La Voz of Lakewood YMCA reaches out to growing Hispanic community

By Elizabeth Byrum

April 10, 2013

¿Hablas español? The staff and members of the Lakewood YMCA in Durham want the community to know they do. The La Voz (The Voice) Spanish-speaking Advisory Committee aims to address the needs of the Latino community in the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as the greater city of Durham. The idea for the committee began as part […]

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Zumbathon will benefit Durham’s El Centro Hispano

By Elizabeth Byrum

February 20, 2013

Twelve instructors. Three hours. One Zumbathon. Latin-influenced notes of salsa, bachata, merengue and cumbia will fill the Downtown Durham YMCA on Saturday, as participants of El Centro Hispano’s Zumbathon dance and shimmy into the night. Since 2011, the Zumbathon has brought hundreds of community members together for several hours of high-energy Latin dancing. Zumba Fitness […]

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El Centro Hispano helps immigrants work toward citizenship

By Elizabeth Byrum

February 6, 2013

Sofía Castro, originally from Colombia, has enjoyed spending the last 18 years in the United States and she plans to stay — but as a full citizen. “This country has very good people, of God, more than any other part,” Castro said. On Thursday nights, Castro, along with a handful of other students, attends the […]

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