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North Carolina Musicians Influence Music Worldwide

By Alicia BenjaminThese legendary Black men from North Carolina have greatly influenced music worldwide. Over the last 100 years, these musicians have elevated the artform of music, not only during their lifetimes, but for generations in the future When J. Cole performed his song, “BeFree,” in 2014 on the Late Show withDavid Letterman, it was clear that Colewas not just singing a song – he wasconveying a serious message.…
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Black Men Have Unique Mental Health Challenges

By Vanessa Clarke and Alicia Benjamin Admitting to needing help for mental health concerns is stigmatized in the U.S., and the problem is even more pronounced in the Black community. For many African Americans, “it can be incredibly challenging to discuss the topic of mental health due to this concern about how they may be perceived by others,” according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.…
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Reclaiming Beatties Ford Road Corridor Through Art and History

By Sasha Manley Johnson C. Smith University’s two-part installation highlights the Beatties Ford Road Corridor’s concerns, history and future. Over 60 years ago, a new I-277 expressway ripped through the Beatties Ford Road area off interstate 85 and exit 37, displacing residents, businesses and churches.…