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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 →

Bull City Pool Checkers members George Evans(R) and Ernest “ Lash” Lipson (L) playing a competitive game of pool checkers.

Imperial Barbershop’s Bull City Pool Checkers Club provides schooling on life

Around the Hayti community, Imperial Barber Shop is the heart of the community. The shop provides the community with a sense of empowerment and a safe gateway. The barbershop also offers the Bill City Pool Checkers Club, an organization created for senior citizens, and now they have reached out to their community and want more youth to join the game…. Read more →

Gina Breedlove performs at the We Are 1 Conference in 2013 Harlem Renaissance  Formal Dinner and Dance.  Photo Courtesy of Alex Childs of AJC Photography, Atlanta, GA.

Women’s Empowerment Conference brings artists and comedy to Durham

An annual religious women’s empowerment conference in Durham will reach out to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people April 24 – 26. The sixth annual We Are 1 Conference will showcase performers, guest speakers and workshops.  The conference will take place at the Marriot in the Research Triangle Park. It is organized by a non-profit group called Infinity Diamond Club…. Read more →

Dallas Parks (center) meets with the Durham Housing Authority’s development committee to review plans for the Goley Point Development. Parks is CEO of the Durham Housing Authority. Photo Courtesy of Christopher Moore.

Durham plans renovation of McDougald Terrace

  By the end of October, residents of McDougald Terrace can expect to see a new community center and  new houses on Goley Street. Twenty new apartments and two stand-alone homes are under construction for the Goley Point Development, said Shannon McLean, development director of the Durham Housing Authority. Fourteen of the apartments are public housing. Roughly 250 people have… Read more →

Damien Wynn, a W.D. Hill Recreation summer program attendee, practices his free throw as Lawrence Mitchell, W.D. Hill facility attendant, looks on.

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W.D. Hill Recreation Center summer program fun

  With summer right around the corner, parents in the East Durham community don’t need to look far to find a summer child-care program. W.D. Hill Recreation Center offers a nine-week summer program for the youth who need guidance from their community. The summer program selects 60 children to participate in the camp. Registration began last month. W.D. Hill Recreation… Read more →

A front view of the Lavender house that has been sitting vacant for two years. (Staff photo by Myava Mitchell)

Makeover planned for historic home in Northgate Park

A historic home in Northgate Park that once housed a children’s museum but has been empty for two years will transform into art next month. Durham artists will memorialize the home at 404 W. Lavender Ave through a Durham Parks and Recreation volunteer project. Occasional flooding has left the city-owned property in decay and poor shape, unfit for rental and… Read more →

During the last session of the Wellness Workshop for Living with Chronic Diseases and Illnesses, participant Virginia Williams discusses concerns about dealing with prescriptions and physicians with facilitator Joyce Page of Durham County Department of Public Health Department.
   -- Photo Courtesy of Brittney Cherry

Free workshops offer lessons in coping with chronic illness

March 20th ended six weeks of free workshops for people with chronic illnesses such as diabetes. The Wellness Workshops for Chronic Diseases and Illnesses tackled subjects such as nutrition, appropriate use of medications, and techniques to deal with fatigue, pain and isolation. The workshops are sponsored by Durham County’s Department of Public Health, and held at the Stanford L. Warren… 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 →

Roses for Susan Blackmon

Roses for Susan Blackmon

Susan Blackmon, the retiring program director for YO:Durham, a youth organization created by Durham Congregations in Action, accepts roses alongside Hank Eichin, the DCIA board president, during a recent fundraising breakfast. After more than seven years helping to design and implement YO, she is moving on. Blackmon came to YO:Durham, soon to be merging with Partners for Youth, another local… Read more →