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Durham’s Southside earns national award
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
DURHAM – The city of Durham and its Southside Revitalization Project is now one of only seven communities nationally recognized for its innovative use of federal housing funds to transform this neighborhood using public investment as the catalyst. Last week, the Community Development Department accepted the Audrey Nelson Award from the National
Clothing designer is ‘Mr. Make-it-happen’
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
DURHAM – You can spot Rick Moore’s designs on the likes of Kevin Hart, Omari Hardwick, Michelle Williams and Kerry Washington…if you pay close attention. Moore’s clothing line, Nyla Elise, named after his daughter, has steadily been on the come-up since its inception out of a one-bedroom apartment in 2009. Since then, Moore’s
50 years of black progress
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Has black America made significant progress politically, socially and economically over the past 50 years? This is not only an important question to pose, it is equally important to answer. And the answer is a resounding yes. In fact, 1965 to 2015 has been a remarkable period in the history of black America. But make no mistake about it, all of our
Neither Obama nor Republicans have vision
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Last week I thought Stevie Wonder gave a great State of the Union Speech. Oops, did I say Stevie Wonder, I meant to say President Obama. But like Wonder, I couldn’t see the America the president was describing in his speech. Listening to Obama, you would have thought that America, especially blacks, had full employment. But, according to the Labor
Social media, economics put power in the hands of young blacks
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
DURHAM – African-Americans are responsible for $1.1 trillion in consumer spending annually, creating a powerful economic force that cannot be ignored, a Nielson executive said during her speech last week at North Carolina Central University. Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, senior vice president for strategic alliances and community engagement at the
Why daughters need fathers
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
The media and the academic community provide a wealth of information on why boys need their fathers. The most obvious being you can't be someone you have not seen. Girls can look at their mothers and receive the importance and significance of role models on a daily basis. But why do girls need fathers? How will a girl learn how to be loved by a man? What
Son of ex-slave who fought in Union army dies
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
RALEIGH – Luke Martin Jr., the son of an ex-slave and Civil War Union soldier, has died – 179 years after his father was born. Martin was 97 when he died Sunday at his home in New Bern, North Carolina, said his daughter, Fannie Martin-Williams. Her father, who suffered from congestive heart failure and other ailments, had been in declining
Actors give superb performances in play on race
Monday, January 26, 2015
CHAPEL HILL – If you’re looking for a great play to ring in Black History Month, look no further. Playmakers Repertory Company is performing an extraordinary play about racism, prejudice and what we sacrifice in order to get ahead in life. Trouble in Mind, written by Alice Childress, was first debuted 60 years ago. It revolves around a group of
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My Brother’s Keeper hosts youth summit

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Organization helps Durham get ‘REAL’ about poverty

DURHAM – According to census.gov information from 2009-13, over 18 percent of Durham