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Creative Class vs Creative Underclass Last week I sat in the barber chair while Jay snipped away at the remains of what was once a magnificent and wild mane by Brian Clarey of locks. My hair was nearly down to my ass when we met in 2000; I was waiting tables on Tate Street and he was at the beginning of a career that wound through Chakras, the day spa and salon that was at the center of that particular downtown resurgence, and, eventually, this place. We talk often of those years, when Greensboro’s culture and economy was still in the pupal stage, the front end of a rebuild after we realized that tobacco and textiles were not coming back. After the turn of the century, city visionaries espoused the work of social scientist Richard Florida, who floated the notion of the “Creative Class” — skilled workers, generally in tech or something reliant on it, with creative or knowledge-based jobs that demand above-average salaries — as the solution for urban post-industrial malaise. Greensboro was but one of many cities nationwide that began a series of events designed to attract these individuals, whom Florida theorized could drive economic development to the next level. The greenway, the downtown performing arts center, Center City Park and other public and private projects were designed to entice these types of workers — underrepresented in our own labor pool — to move to Greensboro and start developing our economy. Florida wasn’t clear exactly
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how. If we did get an influx of new, gamechanging talent back then, Jay and I were too busy working and partying to notice. We were part of an existing creative underclass, hundreds of us living in cheap apartments and humping it in the various service industries while learning our crafts, finishing our degrees, building our businesses, discovering our talents and figuring out how to use them. In his downtown salon, we agree that the city has come a long way. Large capital investments — particularly in downtown, Midtown, South Elm, Revolution Mill and the coliseum, but really the whole city has seen an upgrade since then — are still creating fertile ground for opportunity. We’ve seen it with our old friends, who have since opened restaurants, coffeeshops, real estate agencies and all manner of small businesses. Some of our old Creative Underclass friends do exactly the sort of work — creative, technical, highly skilled — that Florida promised our new crop of wandering geniuses might do, were they to come to town in that mass migration for which we were preparing. Florida’s Creative Class theory has taken a lot of shots since then, as does the work of all futurists, ultimately. No one can truly see the future. But he wasn’t too far off. A new wave of creative entrepreneurship has taken seed in Greensboro: thousands of new businesses, industries and entire commercial districts that didn’t even exist when the Green Bean opened its doors in 2002. We have undoubtedly leveled up. It’s just that Florida was looking in the wrong place. We’ve been here the whole time.
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Mesha Maren @ Scuppernong Books (GSO), 7 p.m.
Green Queen Bingo @ the Terrace (GSO), 6 p.m. Hosted by the Guilford Green Foundation and Greensboro Pride, this event lies somewhere between drag show and bingo night. Win cash prizes or enjoy sets from performers like Fuschia Rage. Find the event on Facebook.
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The Log Noggins @ Joymongers Barrel Hall (W-S), 8:30 p.m. News
RKIII @ Bullâ€™s Tavern (W-S), 9 p.m.
Mdou Moctar, Bolmongani, 1970s Film Stock @ the Ramkat (W-S), 7 p.m. Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar performs his unparalleled sound in a show with Bolmongani and 1970s Film Stock. Mdou Moctar meshes lyrical traditions with vibrant modern rock in his own brand of desert rock. Learn more on Facebook.
Tyler Long teams up with the Log Noggins for a blend of prog rock and Southern sound. Harmonica and keys meet quick guitar for a hyped-up concert. Learn more on the event on Facebook.
Author Mesha Maren makes a stop at Scuppernong on tour with her debut novel, Sugar Run. The book follows the journey of a newly free woman after spending half of her life in prison. Find the event on Facebook.
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Formerly a jazz group, RKIII turned electronic as they use technology to make music.. Their improvisation makes each performance one-of-a-kind with unpredictable computerized tunes. Find the event on Facebook.
This duo displays the dynamics of fiddle and bouzouki with the Irish music theyâ€™re known for.. Randal Bays and John Coyne highlight the lively energy of these traditional tunes. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Find the event on Facebook.
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Southern Constellations Convergence @ Elsewhere (GSO), 10 a.m. Elsewhere and Southern Constellations Fellow Jessica Gaynelle Moss host a day of creativity and conversation about art. Join the discussion with creators about the arts communities of North Carolina. For the full schedule and more information, visit goelsewhere.org/convergence.
Frontside @ New York Pizza (GSO), 8 p.m.
Low & Lower: A Series of Unfortunate Musical Events @ UNCSA (W-S), 7:30 p.m.
This concert introduces highly-regarded classics to coarse humor in UNCSA’s Watson’s Hall. Brooks Whitehouse and Paul Sharpe add an element of fun to their pairing of cello and bass. Find the event on Facebook.
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Greensboro Comicon @ Greensboro Marriott Downtown, 10 a.m. Get out the capes and masks for a weekend straight out of superhero stories. With vendors, panels and cosplay competitions, the convention offers both casual and intense fans a chance to dive into nerdy interests. Learn more at greensborocomicon.com.
Blacksmith Demonstration @ High Point Museum, 10 a.m. The High Point Museum hosts its first blacksmith exhibit of the year. The free event showcases a costumed blacksmith both acting and crafting in a display of iron work. Find out more at highpointmuseum.org. ‘Invisible Heroes’ mural reveal @ Studio 503 (GSO), 12 p.m.
This party marks the unveiling of a new work of street art that will decorate East Greensboro with Civil Rights heroes. A community party complete with food and music celebrates the new artwork, along with local Civil Rights history. Learn more on Facebook.
New York Pizza hosts a line-up full of pop punk and alt rock that boasts roots in the type of emo music popular in the aughts. Frontside headlines, with President Sam, 7th Grade Girl Fight and propersleep rounding out the night. Find out more on Facebook. National Pie Day @ Foothills Brewing (W-S), 11 a.m. Foothills offers everyone’s favorite pies for National Pie Day, whether it’s the seasonal spice of pumpkin or the light tang of key lime, whipped up nicely as a selection of themed martinis. Learn more on Facebook. The Dirty Grass Players @ Muddy Creek Café & Music Hall (W-S), 6 p.m. This band brings a bit of classic rock to bluegrass traditions in an upbeat show at Muddy Creek Café. Skillful and sudden improvisation on a quartet of string instruments keeps audiences guessing. Find the event on Facebook.
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5by Sayaka questions for Jen Oleniczak Brown Matsuoka
Jen Oleniczak Brown is the founder of Fearless, a new clubhouse/collaborative space in Winston-Salem by and for women that opened in May 2018. The space has open hours and coworking during the day and hosts crowd-sourced events in the evenings. They currently have 138 paid members and over 2,800 members in their private Facebook group. Find out more about Fearless at fearlesswsnc.com or join the group on Facebook.
What made you want to start Fearless? I moved here from New York about three years ago when there was a resurgence in women’s social clubs and found myself wishing there was a place to meet people. I didn’t have the kind of community that I wish I had. As an adult woman, it’s hard to make friends. It started as a coworking space that had classes at night and, it turned into co-op structure with members deciding what’s happening in the space. Everyone feels that kind of ownership to it. It keeps growing into what it is. We have both fluffy and serious events because all of that makes up who you are as a woman. How can someone become a member? So you don’t have to be a member to come to the space. Some of these other places charge a monthly rate of hundreds of dollars, and to me it’s so much. I don’t need to make money off of it because I have another business.
What’s the future of Fearless look like? I want to keep going. I think getting more involved in the community as a whole is a future goal for us. For example, we have an intern working on women-owned online business directory right now. That doesn’t exist. We’re also thinking about how we can work with other people who are likeminded.
Why is it important for something like Fearless to exist? I think the biggest thing is that it’s not just for entrepreneurs. It’s intended to have that friendly, networking, coworking clubhouse feel. Female entrepreneurs zip around. One of my goals with this is that we’re all parts of a whole. It’s okay if you want to show up to one event and not another. Being a woman is so much more than just that one chosen path, it’s parts of a whole. It shows that yeah, makeup night is just as important as an activism night and you’re not gonna be judged for that. People shouldn’t feel like more or less because of what they’re participating in.
Fearless in Winston-Salem hosts events that range in topics from COURTESY PHOTO social activism to what it means to be a woman.
What has the response been like? Massive. I am stunned by how big the Facebook group is and how active the women are in it. They’ll say, “I feel like I know everyone because we’ve been talking.” It’s been amazing to see how the women who come into the space say, “I feel like I finally found people.” Or, “I want to meet friends, not at a bar.” I know what it’s like to be in a space and feel like you don’t have community. I’m so grateful.
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The Richmond, Va.-based owner of the Old Forsyth Courthouse, where the Confederate statue is located in downtown Winston-Salem, has requested that the United Daughters of the Confederacy remove the statue. Clachan Properties purchased the historic courthouse from Forsyth County in 2014 and converted it into apartments. In a letter to representatives of the NC Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy on Tuesday, Scott Horn, a lawyer representing the owner Winston Courthouse LLC, wrote that “in order to protect the residents of the property, the owner cannot allow the statue to remain on the property. Since the United Daughters have asserted their ownership of the statue without challenge from the county, by this letter the owner is formally requesting that the United Daughters make the necessary arrangement to move the statue.” According to the most recent document on file with the NC Secretary of State, Winston Courthouse LLC is controlled by Herbert R. Coleman III, the cofounder and CEO of Richmondbased Clachan Properties. Clachan Properties handles marketing and leasing for the 50 West Fourth apartments. The city of Winston-Salem has given the United Daughters of the Confederacy a deadline of Jan. 31 to remove the statue or face legal action, while proposing to relocate the monument to Salem Cemetery. The United Daughters responded in a Jan. 3 press release expressing “dismay” and pledging to “do everything in our power to see that it continues to remain.” Sara Neel Powell, the new president of the NC Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy could not be reached for response to the property owner’s request. Mayor Allen Joines said the city hasn’t received any additional communication from the Daughters since Jan. 3. The letter from Horn on behalf of the owners echoes the city’s request that the United Daughters remove the monument by Jan. 31. The monument has attracted dueling protests scheduled for Jan. 13. A group
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Property owner tells UDC that Confederate monument has to go by Jordan Green
The owner of a repurposed historic courthouse in downtown Winston-Salem have asked the United Daughters of the Confederacy to remove the Confederate monument that sits on their property.
of residents supporting removal of the statue is calling for people “to stand against hate and bigotry.” The Facebook event for “Get Hate Out of WinstonSalem” currently indicated on Wednesday that more than 100 people planned to attend. A pro-monument group called Heirs to the Confederacy indicate they plan “to pray and place flowers” at the Confederate monument in WinstonSalem despite a request from the United Daughters to refrain from protesting. The Heirs to the Confederacy event is organized by Nancy Rushton, a South Carolina resident, and Lance Spivey, a Sons of Confederate Veterans member who lives in Asheboro. Rushton and Spivey were responsible for organizing a rally in support of the Silent Sam monument at UNC-Chapel Hill last month that attracted Georgia militia activist James Stachowiak, who has unabashedly advocated shooting women and children associated with Black Lives Matter protests in the back, and who subsequently called for “lone wolf ” attacks against “antifa” on social media. After the Silent Sam rally last month, Heirs to the Confederacy publicly disassociated itself from Stachowiak. The upcoming Heirs to the Confederacy event scheduled for Jan. 13 is described as a multi-stage affair beginning at UNC-Chapel Hill from 9 a.m. to noon, and then moving to the Confederate monument in Winston-Salem from 2 to 3 p.m. A contradictory note appended to the Facebook event page indicates, “The Winston-Salem part of this event has been canceled. Due to a request from United Daughters of the Confederacy. As to not impair their fight to keep this monument in place. There will be a prayer and flower laying at this monument 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.” Writing on behalf of the owners of the Old Forsyth Courthouse, which is now 50 West Fourth apartments, Horn wrote, “The owner’s primary responsibility is to the residents of the property who have the right to enjoy a quality living space without being subjected to disturbances of any kind. Unfortunately, the recent controversy, the press reports, and references to potential violence have raised serious concerns for some of the residents.” There had been some confusion as to which entity actually controlled the statue. Horn wrote on behalf of the
Winston-Salem residents demonstrate in favor of removing the Confederate statue at the city council meeting on Monday.
apartment owner that the 2014 purchase agreement between the owner and the county specifically excluded “public monuments outside the building,” and that the owner agreed to grant the county “necessary easements to allow the county continued access to the land and building to ‘maintain and/or remove’ the monuments at the county’s expense.” County Attorney Gordon Watkins told City Beat that the county holds no objections to the monument being removed. “We don’t have a role in it,” he said. “We don’t own the land under it…. It’s not our decision.” Horn wrote to the United Daughters of the Confederacy: “Notably, the owner has not granted any easement to the county with respect to the statue. Therefore, the statue is not located on public property and thus is not covered by NC Gen. Stat. § 100-2.1. No one can access the statue, or enter upon the property for any purpose without the owner’s permission.” Public opinion among Winston-Salem residents appears to tilt in favor of removing the statue, although monument supporters from other parts of the state, including the neo-Confederate group Alamance County Taking Back Alamance County, or ACTBAC, have
expressed vocal dismay. Mayor Joines allowed 10 speakers during public comment at the city council meeting on Monday, with a preference given to residents, and nine out of 10 speakers spoke in favor of removal. The one speaker who urged the city to protect the monument was Stephen Triplett of High Point who quoted Proverbs 22:28 by saying, “Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set.” Among proponents for removal, Will Cox, a local radiologist, reflected on the climate of racial terror that surrounded the erection of the statue in 1905, noting that the man who gave the dedication speech had led a massacre against the black population of Wilmington only seven years earlier — the only successful coup d’etat in US history. Alfred Waddell, who gave the dedication speech for the Winston-Salem Confederate monument, is remembered for declaring in another speech: “We will never surrender to a ragged raffle of negros, even if we have to choke the Cape Fear River with carcasses.” Cox argued that racial terror invoked by Waddell speaks loudly and clearly to the present moment. “These right-wing white supremacists are on the march,” Cox told Mayor Joines and members of city council.
NCDOT TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING ON FEBRUARY 5 REGARDING THE PROPOSAL TO WIDEN RANDLEMAN ROAD (S.R. 1007) FROM GLENDALE DRIVE TO WEST ELMSLEY DRIVE IN GUILFORD COUNTY
January 10-16, 2019
STIP PROJECT NO. U-5850 The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes to widen Randleman Road (S.R. 1007) between Glendale Drive and West Elmsley Drive in Guilford County. A public meeting will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at New Goshen United Methodist Church located at 3300 Randleman Road in Greensboro.
The purpose of this meeting is to inform the public of the project and gather input on the proposed design. As information becomes available, it may be viewed online at the NCDOT public meeting webpage: https://www.ncdot.gov/news/public-meetings.
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For additional information, please contact Brian Ketner, NCDOT Division 7 Project Engineer at P.O. Box 14996, Greensboro, NC 27415-4996, (336) 487-0075 or, firstname.lastname@example.org. NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this workshop. Anyone requiring special services should contact Tony Gallagher, Environmental Analysis Unit, at 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 276991598, at (919) 707-6069 or email@example.com as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.
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Persons who do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.
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“Unfortunately, they have a mouthpiece that’s heard far and wide. It’s very important that you all take a stand. I’m very happy that you’ve already demanded that the statue be removed. The statue needs to be out of the county, out of the city; it should not be anywhere where it can be seen. It’s a symbol of terror and it scares people…. Unless we really do want a memorial to terror, that thing needs to be out of here.” Supporters of the Confederate monument, who held a sidewalk rally in front of City Hall on Monday argued that the city’s initiative on the statue was a ruse to distract from problems related to crime and immigration. ACTBAC, which has been designated as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center and sent at least five members to Winston-Salem on Monday posted on its Facebook page. “Winston-Salem has jumped on a bandwagon of liberal, lawless, Democratic-run places in our country that express unity, safe spaces, better education as long as it fits their agenda — their agenda,” the post said. “Not what the majority of the people want, but what a 15-minutes-of-fame liberal mayor wants. In previous history, Southerners refer to acts such as this as tyranny.” The post goes on to say: “This was never about a flag, a monument, or Southern symbols. This is about a bigger picture that many have failed to see. They want to erase us completely. We, true Southern people, can accept defeat, but giving up is never an option.” Supporters of removal also indicated that they care as much, or more, about present-day struggles as historic commemoration. “I’m elated that city council has now taken a firm stance on this issue,” said Miranda Jones, a Winston-Salem native and local educator. “I’m elated, but not encouraged. I’m not encouraged because too often my people get rhetoric and no action. I’m not encouraged because I want the statue to come down, but I want my people to at least have the opportunity to be able to live and work jobs with a livable wage in downtown Winston or any other area of the city that they choose.” The statue has turned out to be an ambiguous asset for Clachan Properties’ efforts to market upscale apartments in the repurposed courthouse. The company website includes a photo of the statue in a solicitation for renters of its spacious two- and three-bedroom apartments equipped with hardwood and stained concrete floors and granite countertops. In an August 2015 marketing video, a narrator touts the apartments’ “historic charm infused with a modern, luxurious style of living.” Even after the violent Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., when a white supremacist rallying around the statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, killed Heather Heyer, Clachan Properties issued a marketing video showcasing the Confederate monument in Winston-Salem. The letter to the United Daughters of the Confederacy asserts that “the owner has not and is not taking any political position and is not being influenced by any political motives.” But the letter goes on to say that the statue impedes residents’ ability “to enjoy a quality living space without being subjected to disturbances of any kind.” The letter closes by saying, “If the United Daughters elect not to remove the statue as requested, the owner will have no choice but to explore other available options, including cooperating with the city on the proposed relocation of the statue to Salem Cemetery.”
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Questions of loan compliance loom for Morehead Foundry owners by Sayaka Matsuoka Just six months after Morehead Foundry in Greensboro closed indefinitely amidst allegations of racism, questions of whether the owners have complied with their loan agreements remain unanswered. Six months after Morehead Foundry, Lee Comer’s multi-venue restaurant complex on Spring Garden Street, closed its doors, the city of Greensboro is reviewing loans obtained by the owners to determine whether they are in compliance. The complex opened in November 2016 with assistance through two loans from the city and then closed after just 18 months in business. Both loans came with conditions that, if not met, could result in default or repayment of the loans. The foundry, which began as a unique concept that combined multiple food businesses in one complex with a shared kitchen, opened after co-owners Lee Comer and Fareed Al-Khori secured two separate loans from the city. One is a forgivable loan for $100,000 and the other, a 10-year loan for $275,000. Both loans, which were approved by city council in March 2015, included conditions requiring the borrowers to invest $3.2 million by Dec. 30, 2016, creating and retaining 90 new jobs — 29 full time and 61 part time — for up to two years after obtaining a certificate of occupancy, and having 10 percent of the total construction earmarked for M/WBE contractor and subcontractor participation. Comer-Khori LLC also owns the Iron Hen, a popular café that opened in 2010, and a catering business under the Fresh. Local. Good. Food Group. During the March 2015 city council meeting in which the loans were passed, several council members praised the food at Iron Hen and said they voted for
the project because it would activate the area and bring new jobs. “It takes a building that’s been sitting empty and doing nothing for seven years and turns it into something with energy and life and beauty and usefulness,” said councilwoman Nancy Hoffmann. Councilman Mike Barber backed the project by saying, “It is to enhance and help people who are willing to invest and bet on Greensboro, North Carolina.” Mayor Nancy Vaughan continued to support the council’s passage of the loans during an interview in July 2018. She argued that Morehead Foundry’s financial troubles didn’t call into question city officials’ judgment and that Comer “had a great concept.” The Morehead Foundry complex closed indefinitely in July 2018 after an employee walkout and allegations of racism against Comer. Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne FILE PHOTO The Morehead Foundry closed indefinitely after allegations of racism against Johnson says she’s concerned owner Lee Comer in July 2018. about the status of the loans, and that she plans to find out When asked about the delayed remonthly payment was set to balloon to from the city attorney what the city’s sponse from Comer regarding the invest$2,961 per month. Dubel says Comernext move should be. ment, Kathi Dubel, the city’s economic Khori LLC is still responsible for the “I would think those loans are still development and business support loan and if they go into default, the city due,” Johnson said. “I need to find out manager, said that no two contracts are may take action based on the company’s any arrangements she’s made. I think it’s the same and that they are currently performance review. However, the conup to a vote of the council whether we looking into it. tract for the loan states that one of the forgive the loan or not.” As of March 2018, Comer had possible outcomes if the company goes Looking back, Johnson says it’s hard to exceeded the amount of jobs required into default is to require the company to tell whether business deals like this will by the loan agreement with 45 full-time immediately repay all of the outstanding pay off or not. and 161 part-time employees, as stated loan provided. “Her plan seemed solid to me,” Johnin the city’s July 11 compliance overview. The contract for the $100,000 forgivson said. “The different businesses were Reported minority and women particiable loan states that if Comer-Khori wonderful, and that area really needed pation on contracting for the project also LLC doesn’t meet the requirements, something. I’m disappointed that it also exceeded requirements. Yet to be the partners will have to repay the city’s didn’t work out.” determined is whether Comer met the loan at $1,351 per full-time equivalent Now, six months after Morehead employment requirements for the last job that isn’t created or retained. The Foundry closed its doors, the city staff six months before the compliance period contract also states that the loan will is working on an updated compliance ended on Dec. 30, 2018 accrue interest at the rate of 10 percent review. The most recent review, dated Multiple calls and emails to Comer for each year from the date of notification July 11, 2018, indicated that staff did not this story went unreturned. by the city. have proper documentation to show that As of July 2018, Comer and her Dubel said she is working on an upComer and her partner had invested partner were current on payments for dated compliance overview that includes the promised $3.2 million in the project. the $275,000 loan, which was to be paid information since the facility closed in The report noted, “Client has requested on the first of every month. The loan July. She said she doesn’t know when it additional time to organize informahad a balance of $271,316 as of July 1. will be complete but that if the condition.” The city and Comer-Khori LLC agreed tions of the loans haven’t been met, then The report comes almost a year and in 2017 to modify the loan in 2017 to a separate office will take action. a half after the investment was due on allow an interest-only payment of $577 Dec. 30, 2016. per month. Beginning on Aug. 1, the
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The current protests, which began spontaneously, are the largest in Sudan’s recent history, but calls for al-Bashir’s resignation aren’t new; in 2013, government forces killed about 200 people during similar demonstrations in the capital. Organizer Sara Jado read a poem dedicated to Sudanese freedom fighters killed during the decades-long struggle for dignity and democracy before leading the group on a march around the park and parts of downtown. Marchers chanted: “Not another 30 years, we’ve cried enough tears!” and “Al-Bashir to ICC!,” referring to the International Criminal Court which indicted al-Bashir in 2010 for genocide and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur.
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Gusts of wind carried Sudanese music through Greensboro’s LeBauer Park on Saturday afternoon, where nearly 70 people coalesced to stand in solidarity with Sudanese demonstrators calling for the resignation of President Omar alBashir — an authoritarian who rose to power through a military coup d’état in 1989 — following his announcement that the government would end bread subsidies. Since Dec. 19, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Atbara, Port Sudan and Khartoum, the northeast African country’s capital, where a protest is planned for Sunday. According to Associated Press reports, police have used tear gas and live rounds to disperse demonstrators, including those who peacefully gathered in meeting places like mosques. Amnesty International has reported at least 37 killings by security forces over the last two weeks. “We’re not going to stand for innocent people being murdered just for wanting to be able to feed their children or to travel outside their country,” said Doha Medani, a local SudaneseAmerican woman. Medani Activists gathered at LeBauer Park on Saturday to stand in solidarty with Sudanese demonstrators. is a co-founder of Muslim Women For — the only in the U.S. behind Dallas, Texas and the similar demonstrations in Paris, London, Muslim women-led social Washington D.C. area. Washington DC, Texas and Charlotte justice organization in North Carolina “We all know each other but the isfollowing escalating violence against — which organized yesterday’s demsue is the disconnect between… those unarmed protestors. onstration along with Sudanese Youth personal relationships and translating “Essentially they have a dictator Organization and the Sudanese Culthem into political noise who’s been in power tural Dar of Greensboro. During the and action,” Medani said. for decades,” Medani gathering, local Sudanese-Americans “So yes, this is a protest, said. “Sudan has been emphasized the regime’s corruption and The protests, but then we can take the independent for about harmful policy choices like funneling connections we make here which began spon- 60 years and they’ve had billions of dollars into defense contracts and translate that into instead of adequately funding education, taneously, are the this current president for talking to our represenalmost 30 years, so for healthcare and infrastructure. Al-Bashir’s largest in Sudan’s half the time they’ve been tatives so if anything reign has seen civil war, ethnic conflict happens in Sudan, God independent they’ve had and a collapsing economy. recent history. forbid, our congressmen this one president. The “People don’t realize the Sudanese and women know there’s funny thing is they do community here is ridiculously huge,” a big Sudanese population and we’re elections every four years, but last time Medani said. going to vote.” he won with 98 percent of the vote; it’s a According to her, Greensboro hosts The Greensboro protest followed mockery of democracy.” one of the largest Sudanese populations
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Local Sudanese-Americans march in solidarity with demonstrators by Lauren Barber
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Marcus Smith gets sent toIn thethe graveyard, again waning days of his administration, outgoing
Guilford County District Attorney Doug Henderson pulled a fast shuffle on Marcus Smith. Smith died while hogtied in the custody of Greensboro police. But before the state medical examiner ruled his death a homicide — death at the hands of another — on Nov. 30, Henderson’s office had already released a statement claiming the State Bureau of Investigation had found no evidence of criminal liability by the police, and that there would be no further investigation on the matter. The state changed its tune — briefly, as we shall see — when Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan told a community group at Shiloh Baptist Church on Dec. 3 that she believed the DA had yet to conduct a “final review” on the matter. Remember, too, that Henderson announced his retirement in February 2018, and that Avery Crump, elected in November, was sworn in on Jan. 2 to begin her four-year term. So it must have been one of Henderson’s last acts in office to flush this whole thing down the toilet. Henderson’s letter to Greensboro Police Chief Wayne Scott, dated Dec. 28, outlined the DA’s investigation of the SBI data. And it dropped in the dead of the news cycle, between Christmas and New Year’s, where all good reporters know that stories are sent to die. “Left for this office’s determination is whether these actions by the officers provide a basis for a criminal homicide by committing a culpably negligent act,” Henderson wrote. “The unequivocal answer is that there is no evidence to substantiate a basis for criminal charges in this matter.” With his signature, which would be meaningless in a matter of hours, he cleared the department and its officers, tied city council’s hands against further action and closed the books on a nasty incident before his successor came in. It seems Crump could make the call to investigate further — because no charges have been filed, there was nothing for Henderson to dismiss. But the wheels of justice rarely move backwards, and a new DA can offer a litany of reasons not to re-evaluate her predecessor’s work. So we’re left with Henderson’s description of the responding officers in his letter to Chief Scott. Did they really demonstrate “patience and restraint” as he said, when their actions resulted in homicide? Marcus Smith didn’t die the very moment the hogtie was applied. The recording shows that he suffered for several minutes, while no one was watching. If this is business as usual for the Greensboro Police Department, then the problem is worse than anyone thought.
Trump’s wall address persuaded no one but Trump
The vast majority of employees of the National Park Service have been furloughed because of the partial government shutdown. Along with the closure of Joshua Tree National Park in California because of toilets reaching capacity, CNN reported that the by Jordan Green shutdown is delaying an investigation into the death of a visitor to Yosemite National Park. Transportation Security Administration screeners, faced with missing their first paycheck, are calling in sick and even quitting, multiple outlets report. If not full-blown crises, these are concrete consequences wrought from the whim of a delusional narcissist. There is no crisis at the border except for the one created by President Trump. In the sonorous tones that the president adopts on the rare occasion he wants to persuade skeptics, the president said from the Oval Office on Tuesday night: “Tonight, I am speaking to you because there is a growing humanitarian crisis at our southern border.” Trump went on to say, “The proposal from Homeland Security includes cutting-edge technology for detecting drugs, weapons, illegal contraband and many other things. We have requested more agents, immigration judges and bed spaces to process the sharp rise in unlawful migration fueled by our very strong economy. Our plan also contains an urgent request for humanitarian assistance and medical supports.” All well and good so far. It’s the $5.7 billion in funding for a “physical barrier,” otherwise known as “the big, beautiful wall,” that is the sticking point. It’s “absolutely critical to border security,” Trump said. How or why remains a mystery — beyond the demagogic emotional manipulation of anecdotal violence speciously extrapolated as widespread phenomena. “Day after day, precious lives are cut short by those who have violated our borders,” Trump said. The best summation of the snarl of deliberate falsehoods in Trump’s alarm-fest came from National Public Radio. “John, I’d like you to also address the descriptions President Trump gave of illegal drugs, violent crime tied to immigrants, gangs, bloodshed,” host Ari Shapiro said during a post-speech fact-check with Southwest correspondent John Burnett. “Contextualize that for us.” “Oh my lord,” Burnett responded. “In the first place, this question about the ‘murderous aliens’ who are coming across and, how much more US blood can be shed before Congress does its job, I mean I spoke to Houston police Chief Art Acevedo. This is a city that has one of
the largest populations of undocumented immigrants in the entire country. His quote to me was, ‘There is no wave of crime being committed by undocumented immigrants.’ And there are four peer-reviewed academic studies that I reported on back in May that illegal immigration does not increase the prevalence of violent crime, or drug and alcohol crimes. Which doesn’t take away from the tragedy of individual crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. But if the implication is that this is a murderous population that we have to stop, I don’t think that the research tells us that.” First mention on Trump’s litany of carnage was a California police officer murdered on Dec. 26 by an undocumented immigrant in central California. “America’s heart broke the day after Christmas when a young police officer in California was savagely murdered in cold blood by an illegal alien who just came across the border,” Trump said. “The life of an American hero was stolen by someone who had no right to be in our country.” Devastating, but irrelevant to the wall debate, and in one key aspect, factually untrue. As Scott Horsley, one of NPR’s White House correspondents, pointed out, “The suspect in that case is someone who’s living in the US illegally, but as he’s done in the past, the president left the misimpression that the suspect in that case, Gustavo Perez Arriaga, was someone who had just crossed the border. In fact, when he talked about this on Friday, he left the misimpression that perhaps Arriaga was being pursued across the border. In fact, Arriaga crossed the border from Mexico years ago. He had been working in California’s central valley. His presence in the US really had nothing to do with this wall debate.” And then there’s the issue of drugs. “Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine and fentanyl,” Trump said. “Every week, 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone, 90 percent of which floods across our southern border.” The figures are correct, the Washington Post reported, but again it’s a problem that would not be addressed in any meaningful sense by a wall. Look no further than a 2018 report by the Drug Enforcement Administration, which found, “A small percentage of all heroin seized by [Customs & Border Patrol] along the land border was between Ports of Entry.” In other words, the vast majority of illegal drug traffic comes in packages, tractor-trailers and other vehicles. There comes a point when the willful refusal to own up to facts begins to defraud the con artist even worse than the mark.
If not full-blown crises, these are concrete consequences wrought from the whim of a delusional narcissist. There is no crisis at the border except for the one created by President Trump.
January 10-16, 2019
CULTURE Guitar heroes hold headcutting at the Blind Tiger By Sayaka Matsuoka
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First prize winner, Hunter Routh, plays with his eyes closed at the first annual Leadsboro guitar competition at the Blind Tiger.
the frets and playing the strings with his teeth, Hendrix style. In the finals, Routh battled it out with Vessa, lead guitarist for the band and thusly ineligible to win prize money. Still, Routh won over the judges after shredding to Tupac’s “California Love.” His hands moved rapidly up and down the neck of the guitar, so fast it was hard to believe that he was actually playing any notes as he grimaced and moved into the spotlight at the front of the stage. After his win, Routh explained how his love affair with guitar began. “One day I was sitting in the Books-a-Million parking lot with my dad,” he says. “I heard a song come on the radio and I asked, ‘What’s that sound?,’ and he told me it was Van Halen and it was over.”
termined list that was released a few months in advance, judges selected eight participants to move forward. Then, players went head to head, playing loops from randomly selected songs one after the other. After each contestant played, a panel of judges scored their performances based on speed, style, spirit of the song and creativity. And on this night of guitar heroes, Hunter Routh comes out on top. Wearing all black except for a white beanie and his silver electric guitar, Routh played uninhibited throughout the competition. At one point during the night, the 25-year-old covered his eyes with his right hand while furiously strumming with his left. A few seconds later, he was two-hand tapping
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hase Fogleman strums the strings of his electric guitar, a long mane of wavy hair draping in front of his face as he sways to the sound. He’s at ease as he plucks the notes to “Wagon Wheel,” expertly delivering a clean, straightforward sound. In the end, he loses to his opponent, Kyle Vessa, who offers up a more rock-and-roll version of the hit, garnering more points from the judges. Both are competing in the first annual Leadsboro guitar competition hosted by the Tyler Millard Band at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro on a recent Friday evening. A dozen competitors have shown up to mash their frets and prove they’ve got what it takes to take home the $300 first prize. Dressed in a red flannel long-sleeve with a full-grown beard, Fogleman could pass as drinking age, when in fact he’s only 15. “I stumbled across the event on the Facebook page,” Fogleman explains. “People tell me I’m pretty good, so I thought I’d come out.” Fogleman made it to the quarterfinals of the competition, beating out players with significantly more years of experience, some who were more than twice his age. He says he’s only been playing for two years. “I started on bass in middle school,” he says. “I play in my school’s jazz band. I’m big into jazz but the other side of me is rock.” Just like Fogleman, the first annual lead guitar competition proved to be a pleasant surprise. Tyler Millard, the lead player in the band and the organizer behind the event, says the idea for the contest came naturally. “When I first started music, I met mostly blues players,” Millard says. “The ability to play improvisational and to be able to play along with everything is big.” He figured, Why not make that concept into a competition? “There are more guitar players than anything else and it’s just the nature of the beast that guitar players — and I’m one of them — they want to show off,” he says. “That’s what the competition fosters. That kind of thing, the competitive nature.” Millard says he hopes to make it an annual event. After the qualifying round, in which the players picked songs from a prede-
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CULTURE At Kernol’s, the international language of doughnuts by Lauren Barber
our decades ago, Vietnamese soldiers guided Pha San and her family through Cambodian forests and across the border into Thailand to escape genocide under the Khmer Rouge regime. Now, San is serving up fried dough confections in an unassuming shopping complex about 15 minutes southwest from the heart of downtown Winston-Salem. San opened Kernol’s Donuts in August 2017, 38 years after resettling in Lexington in late September 1979. “When we live in refugee camp they ask which state you wanna go: hot, cold, medium, and we say medium,” San, now in her late fifties, says. “They give us ten dollar each and we had not seen money in five year or more, so I just don’t know how to spend here. We don’t understand English at all.” When she gave birth to her son one month later, she communicated with hospital staff through a translator in New York. “When we fly to North Carolina, we land in San Francisco and we just sit on the floor; we don’t care if chair or not. A guy checked on our paper where we are supposed to go. He said, ‘Oh North Carolina, their people they go to church a lot,’ and I say, ‘Oh I like that.’” In Lexington, Pilgrim Lutheran Church had found her husband a weaving job in a textile factory and provided a community space where San, her family and other refugees could learn about American culture and food, and start to pick up some English. “On Sunday, they threw big party for us,” San says. “I have fried chicken, one chicken leg, a drumstick. They say, ‘You want more? And I say, ‘Yeah.’ We go to the grocery… and I think the chicken called, ‘More’! “We went through many [difficult] things,” San says, but she likes to think about memories that bring laughter, like the first time she witnessed snow. “I saw it drop from the sky, but I thought maybe somebody burn something and [the ashes] fall down!” To be with family, they moved briefly to Philadelphia, where San sewed women’s dress suits, and then to Washington state. But San didn’t enjoy big cities or the rainy Pacific Northwest, so they returned to Lexington where she would work in a tile factory for 16 years, until the company moved the manufacturing facility to Mexico, and then 17 and a half
A rainbow of flavors from chocolate to banana and blueberry fill the cases at Kernol’s Donuts in Lexington.
years in an exterior door factory. — which hold just the right amount of filling for balanced bites “I said, ‘Before I retire, I better do something for myself.’” — rest alongside cinnamon buns and twists, and a medley of Her niece was making doughnuts in Arkansas, so San invited yeast-raised rings with fruity pebbles, coconut, sprinkles and her to help get a store off the ground in North Carolina. other playful garnishes. Visitors should be sure to consider her Today, San offers traditional cake-recipe flavors like chocosizeable crunchy-on-the-outside, moist-on-the-inside fritters late alongside fruity flavors like — blueberry is the standout. strawberry and raspberry. Her Four food and drink menus hang old-fashioned doughnuts are dense above the counter, too, featuring Learn more at kernolsdonuts.com with a little bit of crunch and breakfast croissant sandwiches and visit at 12201 N NC Highway 150 cracks that saturate with glaze. and kolaches. Customers can wash Fillings from classic Bavarian cream food down with hot or iced coffee (W-S). to raspberry, banana and blueor tea, boba tea, milk, soda or one berry bring life to her yeast-raised of several juices San keeps in stock. doughnuts. “Most the people from church “Glazed is my favorite,” she says. “Bear claw with the apple we met here have already passed away,” San says. “There is inside is my favorite, too. And the lemon-filled.” only one left; he is like my father. He is about 90 now and he San adds a dollop of the tart, yellow filling on top, so she comes to see me here in my store.” can tell flavors apart. The five-toed, cherry or apple bear claws
January 10-16, 2019
CULTURE It’s not magic: Spiritual healing at Awakenings 11:11 by Savi Ettinger
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Hundreds of multicolored stones and gems drew visitors at the Awakenings 11:11 Metaphysical and Healing Fair in Winston-Salem.
low wax, and she explains that this was how she got started. Transparent quartz — a stone symbolizing clearing negative energy — lies nearby the wick. She grins while describing each filled candle in glass bowls and each wickless wax melt. “We just like to stay lit around here,” She laughed. “Literally.” Two circles of booths keep a steady cycle of people wandering, browsing over spirit readings and pendulums. For some, the fair serves as a build-your-own spiritual spa day. Heckman thinks the natural element of many practices drives their popularity. She prefers to showcase the handmade rather than the mass-produced items that sometimes fall into the realm of appropriation. Heckman feels the festivals allow for conversations about alternative spiritualities, whether the people have a lot of experience in the area or have just found them. “It’s all an interchanging of energies,” Heckman says.
ings 11:11 emphasized the power of intention and focus. Even including the numbers 11:11 in the name of the fair references a common time to make wishes or a symbol of angels. Visitors and vendors alike each use similar products for different things. Cathey found that one person keeps a deck at their workplace and draws a single card when stressed, while another would flip over ten cards and meditate on the symbols each morning. Shannon Burns of Soul & Ginger agreed that though the practices differ, the habits offer routine and selfempowerment. “There’s no magic in the products I make,” Burns said, “but the magic is in your consistency.” Burns began her candle business as a sort of self-care ritual. She infused soy wax and coconut oil with herbs and crystals to create meditation tools. Like bath bombs, the products fill the surrounding space with natural relaxing scents. She picks up a small candle and removes the silver cap, each with a sticker holding a reaffirmation on top. The scent of pineapple and sage escapes as she displays the pastel yel-
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hristen McMakin leaned in to listen to a guest’s request as her hands moved over rows of small boxes, each filled with various crystals. They paused and partially covered the sky hue of blue kyanite, as she recited the symbolism of each stone from memory. Small labels on each box indicated the name and intended use of iridescent labradorite, or a rose quartz obelisk. Smoothed out green opal shined with a mossy color, while black spots broke up the sap green of kambaba jasper like bubbles in a pot of boiling water. She defined every bit of the rainbow before her. Her booth, along with other vendors of handmade goods and energy readers, drew crowds on Saturday at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem for the Awakenings 11:11 Metaphysical and Healing Fair. Tinamarie Heckman of Spirit Connections organized the festival that tours the Carolinas tying together many facets of paganism, Wicca or new age spirituality, and to bring them to a wider audience. “My whole thing in life is to bring people together,” Heckman said. Heckman describes herself as a psychic and spiritual medium. She began frequenting similar festivals as a vendor, but she wanted to encourage community building and emotional healing in her own way. After three years of bouncing around the region, she watched the circuit grow from small audiences to crowds of hundreds of people. Heckman pointed to the friendliness of the creators and spiritual readers that hold people’s attention. Chelsea Cathey, co-founder of intuitive guidance company Entwined with Light, sat with card decks of her own creation, stacked into pyramids. Each one holds inspirational messages that Cathey worked for years to develop. Cathey asks the person across the small table from her to shuffle the deck. Then she flips over five cards with cobalt backs, each revealing simple positivity. “Be amazing,” one reads. “Be patient,” another instructs. The cards read like a motivational speaker to their audience. She says her whole product line is intended to provide comfort, rather than give definitive answers about the future. “No matter what you get here, it’s all about your intention,” Cathey says. Many of the practitioners of Awaken-
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January 10-16, 2019
CROSSWORD ‘Hey Nineteen’— welcoming in the new year. SUDOKU
The bills are coming due for Morehead Foundry.