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Since July, more than a dozen Black Winston-Salem firefighters with the group OMNIBUS— along with anti-racist organizations such as Hate Out of Winston, Advance North Carolina, Emancipate North Carolina, and the Triad Abolition Project, standing in solidarity— have been calling attention to …

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The socially conscious family of fashion designers are not strangers to making a statement through their art. The mother-daughter trio of No Punching Bag have embedded their brand in advocating change for various social issues plaguing the United States, such as beauty stereotypes, gun viole…

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Last weekend, photos of a white female Trump supporter in a phallic mask went viral on social media. The photos were taken by Anthony Crider, an Elon University professor who documents the activities of white supremacists and those protesting against them across North Carolina. Crider gave Y…

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On Tuesday night, the Greensboro City Council did what the Greensboro Police Officers Association recommended, and voted 5-4 against requiring signed written consent for police searches. It looked like it would go the other way, until District 1’s Sharon Hightower changed her mind.

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Nothing is stopping Triad fashionistas from showcasing their designs— not even the COVID-19 pandemic. To make it all happen, Winston-Salem Fashion Week CEO Nikita Wallace and her team had to get creative, which is fitting, considering Winston-Salem is the City of Arts and Innovation.

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*Editor's note: A name was misspelled and Maya Little's pronoun was incorrect in the print version of this article. The "Unsung Founders" statue did not replace "Silent Sam," as was misreported by another source. All have been updated in the online version.

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The italicized portions of this article are the quotations from speeches given at the Justice for Marcus Commemoration, held in Greensboro’s Government Plaza on Sept.  8— the second anniversary of the fatal hogtying of Marcus Deon Smith by eight Greensboro police officers during the 2018 Nor…

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Inspired by athletes, such as Colin Kaepernick, professors have organized a nationwide “Scholar Strike” to raise awareness and prompt “action against racism, policing, mass incarceration and other symptoms of racism’s toll in America.”

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Greensboro’s own Ty Gibson has gained a massive following as a comedian on an app that’s rocking the boat of the Trump administration— even more than the “parade” held on Lake Travis in Texas this past weekend.   

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Andrea Santolim Geller and Laura Rumfelt want to defend future generations of North Carolinians from climate change, and they are starting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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“You always have a connection to your pillow with tears,” said Mary Smith, speaking about her late son Marcus Deon Smith, who, on Sept. 8, 2018, was fatally hogtied by eight Greensboro police officers. “Not only am I hurting for Marcus, but my husband and my other children are, too. We all c…

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On Aug. 18, the Greensboro City Council voted unanimously to accept a $241,000 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) from the United States Department of Justice. As previously reported, the council rejected a $250,000 JAG by a 5-3 vote in January.

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At last Monday night’s contentious meeting of the Graham City Council, Chair Amy Galey ordered an approved speaker making a public comment during an agenda item to be removed from the chamber by Sheriff Terry Johnson and two officers. Galey is running for election to the North Carolina State…

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“They said I violated the department’s social media policy, but not specifically how,” said the recently fired Greensboro police officer Jaquay Williams in a phone interview on Thursday. Williams also alleged that Internal Affairs told him to take down his May 27 TikTok video about the May 2…

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Albemarle-based musician and comedian Stuart Baker is suffering national backlash after calling Dolly Parton a “bimbo” and “slut” and accusing her of “surrendering her race and culture” in response to Parton’s support of Black Lives Matter. Baker is best-known nationally for voicing Early Cu…

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In August 1990, a Greensboro glamazon with lips that can be seen from outer space materialized, and 30 years later, she is still turning heads and snatching crowns. Chad Taylor AKA Paisley Parque started doing drag when it was still considered illegal in Greensboro to wear clothes in public …

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in the United States in some way or another. The pandemic, along with the nation’s racial reckoning of police brutality disproportionately against Brown and Black Americans, has been the most defining aspect of this year, along with a polarizing el…

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Protesters with the Triad Abolition Project’s #OccupyWSNC movement have spent the last three weeks in Bailey Park from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., and they aren’t going anywhere until their demands are met. On Aug. 4, the ACLU of North Carolina released a petition outlining the Triad Abolition Pr…

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On page 57 of The Mysteries of Haditha, Greensboro writer M. C. Armstrong’s memoir of being embedded with Joint Special Operations Forces in Iraq’s Al Anbar province in 2008, Armstrong asks several Navy SEALs to tell him their biggest complaint about the war.

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A Winston-Salem yoga studio and a holistic health coach-in-training are teaming up to help their community heal through a weeklong virtual retreat at the end of this month.

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It’s not exactly business as usual – these days, what is? The RiverRun International Film Festival is doing its utmost to bring people entertainment during these trying times, including the RiverRun “Virtual Theater” and, more recently, “RiverRun at Marketplace,” in which the Late Night Shor…

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*Editor's note: When this article went to print, eight protesters were arrested on July 28, two more were arrested bringing up the total to 10 arrests on July 28, and 55 total arrests in July. The online article has been updated with the most up-to-date information. 

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*Editor's note: The online article has been updated to reflect one clarification about the SHARE Co-op being a Black-owned business that The United States of Racism hopes to help with funding via collaboration. 

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By day, amplified speeches by Angela Davis on abolishing the prison-industrial complex echo through Bailey Park from Fair Witness Fancy Drinks, on the corner of Fourth and Patterson in Winston-Salem. By night, the smell of sage fills the air as the healing rhythms of a drum calls for reflect…

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*Editor's note: In the print version of this article, Robert Talley's "The United States of Racism" partner and photographer, Karen Ashley was misrepresented as just Talley's girlfriend. The online article has been updated to reflect these changes. 

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Since 10 a.m. on July 15, Winston-Salem protesters have been occupying the public urban green space of Bailey Park. The movement #OccupyWSNC is organized and facilitated by members of the Triad Abolition Project, The Unity Coalition and Normalize Action.

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“It’s 10-to-one out here today,” said Greensboro’s Reverend Greg Drumwright to the marchers triumphantly following him and the activist known as AJ into Alamance County courthouse square on Saturday. 

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It’s been almost two months since the morning Ella Lorine Crawley, 50, was found near a walking path in Gateway Commons Park, located between Northwest Boulevard and Glenn Avenue in Winston-Salem. Yet, family members claim they haven’t heard much from investigators since. One of Ella Lorine …

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At 9 a.m. on July 7, over 100 law enforcement officers and agents gathered at Union Baptist Church, 1200 N. Trade St. in Winston-Salem, looking for leads relating to the murder of Ella Lorine Crawley, 50, a homeless, mentally-ill woman, who was brutally assaulted on May 23 and succumbed to h…

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On July 1, the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro issued a three-page statement titled “Truth and Integrity: A Requirement for Genuine Democracy.” The statement accused Greensboro City Attorney Chuck Watts of lacking the second quality and disregarding the first in his allegations about …

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The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office received flak this weekend after a video went viral on social media, portraying what appeared to be a white FCSO  deputy restraining a Black man (with help from two white men and one black man, appearing to be civilians) at Cook’s Flea Market, located at 4…

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For almost a month now, activists in the Triad have taken to the streets to march, paint, and demand change in response to the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by police. At the end of May, a 16-year-old Reagan High School student set the peaceful precedent for protesting in Winst…

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Despite a semester that was unquestionably compromised by the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts continues to be recognized as a leader in arts education, locally and abroad.

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