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for Indy Week Vol. 34 Issue 22, June 2017
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Victor Ekpuk's new mural at the North Carolina Museum of Art was commissioned to augment the museum’s expanded African art gallery. Rendered in white chalk on a black wall, Ekpuk's symbolic composition forms an abstracted figure wrapping long arms around the perimeter. The mural’s meaning reflects the current social-political climate in America, but can be interpreted several ways.
Durham Mayor Bill Bell has attempted to reduce poverty and revitalize inner-city neighborhoods for the past sixteen years. During this time, Durham’s downtown has seen a renaissance but the poverty rate has risen. A new initiative called Transformation in Ten is a coordinated effort to address the causes and symptoms of poverty, including housing, finance, jobs, public safety, health and education.
A Faith Advocacy rally was held in Raleigh to show opposition to anti-immigration legislation, including a bill that would deny tax revenue to cities that accept non-government IDs. Reverend William J. Barber II, a civil rights leader, spoke at the rally in support of an immigrant family threatened to be deported.
Last week, after the Supreme Court unanimously upheld a lower court’s ruling that North Carolina’s legislative districts constitute racial gerrymanders, Governor Cooper ordered the General Assembly into special session to draw new maps. Lawmakers have not cooperated and now the issue is back with the district court.
Four years after his death, Jason Molina and his music live on through a new book and a revived reunion. Molina was part of the band, Magnolia Electric Co., which began at The Pinhook in Durham in 2014. Former bandmates reconvened for several memorial shows, performing new material written by Molina before he died.
Chicken Bridge Bakery is a business in Carrboro run by Rob and Monica Segovia-Welsh. They use their baked bread as a canvass for etching designs and messages of resistance and solidarity. Bread is also donated to the community and used to promote local foods.