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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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In the words of drive-in movie host Joe Bob Briggs, “the drive-in will never die,”—but it’s come mighty close. While North Carolina has maintained a handful of hold-outs, few could imagine the almost immediate rebirth of the cinematic institution. 

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On Sunday, more people heard and said the name Marcus Deon Smith than at any previous public gathering. As previously reported, Smith died after being hogtied by eight GPD officers during the 2018 Greensboro Folk Festival.

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Black lives matter within music—the soundscape we know wouldn’t exist without black artists. Across the country, people are taking to the streets for black lives and against police brutality. Downtowns and major roadways have been filled with daily demonstrations, while the forefront soundtr…

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Having enjoyed success with its virtual screening of the documentary Circus of Books last month, Winston-Salem’s OUT at the Movies will next present writer/director Daniel Karslake’s For They Know Not What They Do, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his award-winning documentary debut, For…

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On June 7, starting from the parking lot of Coffee Park Airstream on Reynolda Road and looping around the West End Historic District of Winston-Salem, a socially-conscious convoy of 140-200 cars decorated with signs that read, “Black Lives Matter,” “Defund The Police,” “How Many Weren’t Film…

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The dining rooms of North Carolina restaurants have been closed since March 17, which caused massive employee layoffs of predominantly dine-in eateries. On May 22, as part of Gov. Roy Cooper’s ‘more cautious” Phase II reopening plan, restaurants dining rooms were legally allowed to reopen wi…

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A University of North Carolina at Greensboro employee told YES! Weekly that the COVID-19 outbreak among subcontractors working on the new nursing building has increased to 36 cases.

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“I am sick and tired of being sick and tired,” said Civil Rights activist, and Mississippi sharecropper Fannie Lou Hamer on Aug. 22, 1964, after describing in detail “the vicious 1963 beating in a Mississippi jailhouse that left her with severe kidney damage, a blood clot behind one eye and …

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Normally, makers (artists, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts) are found working away on any given day at Mixxer, an 8,000square-foot community makerspace in downtown Winston-Salem. But the building has been closed due to COVID-19 since mid-March, causing about 50 Mixxer members to lend a hand. 

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The University of North Carolina School of the Arts last week announced the two recipients of its most coveted scholarship for returning students.

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Invariably, one of the most popular events at the RiverRun International Film Festival is the “Saturday Morning Cartoons” program, which is exactly what it sounds like and has proven a big draw for young and old alike.

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Amidst the chaos of a global pandemic, the nation has also been mourning the deaths of multiple African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement. Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT in Louisville, Kentucky, was shot eight times in the early hours of March 13 by Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, and de…

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On Tuesday night, the City of Greensboro released new signage for city buildings. It contained the following directive:

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In 2016, Brian Cole was named dean of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) in Winston-Salem. Since last August, he’s served as interim chancellor following the departure of Lindsay Bierman, UNCSA chancellor from 2014-2019, who left to become CEO …

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Ray Mascali was 22 in 1978, the year he opened a pizza parlor on Greensboro’s Tate Street with his partners Charlie and Sammy Sciabbarrasi. Now 64, he’s again co-owner, this time with Leo Gramisci. “We’re going to make the food like it used to be,” he told me, “and we’ve worked really hard a…

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While venues and nightlife remain in a COVID clampdown, operators are organizing, spaces are getting creative, as the “hows and whens” of reopening looms. The future remains unwritten as stages stay dark, with bills coming due as the entire industry reels from a grinding halt.

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“Join us as we honor all the Americans heros [sic] who paid the ultimate sacrifice for OUR FREEDOM,” states a pinned post at the top of the public Facebook page for Reopen NC, the activist group formed in opposition to Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order.

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1. On May 22 at 3 p.m., support the Triad's bearded beauty, Kay Kay LaVelle by watching “Keeping Up With KayKay," as apart of Digital Drag Fest 2020 presented by PEG Entertainment. “'Keeping Up With KayKay' is a variety show including performances, comedy, camp, and of course a few snacks! L…

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