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The State of Things
11:45 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Durham's Soul Music Revived

Vernelle Mack, pictured third from the right, posing with the U.S. Welfare Band.
Credit bullcitysoul.org / Durham County Library

  

Soul was a mainstay in the Durham music scene during the 1960s and 70s.

Durhamites were dancing to songs like "Bull City Party" in 1977. It’s one of many songs that show Durham’s soul music had strong ties to the city, and built lasting connections within the African-American community. 

Today, a group of artists and collectors is on a mission to archive and preserve Durham’s soul. The Soul Souvenirs exhibit is on display now at the Durham History Hub

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Arts & Culture
3:50 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

[VIDEO] 'Superman Doesn't Come To Brooklyn' - He Created NC's First Black Superhero

Howard Craft, creator of the Jade City Pharaoh
Credit Carol Jackson

Howard Craft created The Jade City Pharaoh. The superhero guards Concrete Falls, a place not unlike Durham, North Carolina.  The Jade City Pharaoh has been the subject of a stage play, a comic book, and a series of WUNC radio shorts.

The Jade City Pharaoh is one of the few African American superheroes in the world, and he's the only one to have his own radio show.

WUNC's Carol Jackson interviewed Howard Craft and other members of the cast and crew for this feature:

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Arts & Culture
8:52 am
Tue August 5, 2014

'Beauty World' Conjures Raw Pop And Dreamy Imagery

Duncan Webster and Leah Gibson make up the Durham duo Beauty World.
Credit the artist

Duncan Webster and Leah Gibson have each honed their chops with bands including Lost in the Trees, Hammer No More the Fingers, and Bowerbirds.  Recently the two Durhamites joined forces to form Beauty World.

The duo is also a couple. They've both played in several bands, but were introduced by a mutual friend.

The five-song E.P. features the song, "Architect". Webster wrote it about his own challenges in learning building design.

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Wed July 23, 2014

A Portrait Photographer Defies Social Norms

Hugh Mangum Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

  The late 19th century American South was marked by inequality; Jim Crow was the law of the land and racial segregation was both a social norm and a legal requirement.

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The State of Things
11:24 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Audio Under the Stars

Fish Out of Water poster
Credit Audio Under the Stars

  

Live storytelling events have increased in popularity recently, but audio listening parties are still relatively rare. A monthly event called "Audio Under the Stars" seeks to change that in Durham.

Its organizers see audio stories as vehicles to other times and occasions for social engagement. The latest installment, "Fish Out Of Water: Stories of misfits, oddballs, mariners and real fish", is Friday at 8pm at SPECTRE Arts in Durham.

Below is a taste of the kind of stories "Audio Under the Stars" showcases. 

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State of Things
12:30 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

A Fresh Tune For West Africa

Host Frank Stasio (left) with (from L to R) Kenny Phelps-McKeown, Atiba Rorie, and Will Darity, the members of Africa Unplugged.

  

Grounded in West African tradition and propelled by the funk and jazz of today, Africa Unplugged blends its own genre of music .

The Greensboro group explores new ways to formulate West African music on their new self-titled album.

The band performs as part of the “Find Your Cool” concert series at the CCB Plaza in Durham next Thursday.

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The Two-Way
6:33 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

An Actor, A University And A Famous Name Lead To A Lawsuit

John Wayne went by "Duke" nearly all his life, but that's not the name that appeared on his driver's license.
AP

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 6:58 pm

What do you think of when you hear the name Duke? That question is at the heart of a legal dispute between Duke University and the estate of John Wayne.

Fans of the late film star will recall that he went by the nickname "Duke," which his biographers have pointed out he picked up in childhood from a dog. (He preferred it to his real first name, which was Marion).

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Science & Technology
5:43 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

[Video] Inside Fullsteam's First Frost Beer

A key ingredient in 'First Frost,' the persimmon
Credit David Huppert / UNC-TV

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Arts & Culture
3:16 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

A Great Deal: ADF Offers $10 Tickets To Attract Young Audiences

Paul Taylor Dance Company
Credit ADF

The American Dance Festival kicks off today. ADF's mission is to support modern dance, and as a part of that they commission artists to create new work.

This year, there is a push to get a younger audience. Jodee Nimerichter directs the festival.

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The State of Things
12:04 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Your Everyday Life In A Comic Strip

How I Found My True Calling On The State of Things
Meghan Modafferi and Durham Comics Project

Superheroes are not the only characters to grace the pages of comic books. The Durham Comics Project invites ordinary people to tell their own stories in cartoon squares. Started by Amy Godfrey, a librarian at Durham County Library, the project seeks to illuminate the small and big moments that make a community. 

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