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Monday June 27th

Elevate: Amplifying voices in our community

Elevate is here to do exactly what it says — to give a platform to those whose voices are often silenced. This is a page to celebrate and uplift the underrepresented communities that make up Chapel Hill, who contribute to our culture and daily lives in ways that are often not reported. Elevate adds depth to stories across campus, the town and Orange County.


The page is in part put together and reported by members of the Sharif Durhams Leadership Program, a talent and leadership development course for DTH students from underrepresented groups. Elevate accepts pitches throughout the year for op-eds and letters from members of different groups in our community. Please send submissions to elevate@dailytarheel.com.



Janora McDuffie, a Durham native and UNC alumna, will be one of the first Black and queer announcers in Oscar history. Photo courtesy of Janora McDuffie.

'This is her time': UNC alumna to voice announcements for 94th Academy Awards

UNC alumna Janora McDuffie will be the voice behind all the announcements at the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday. Now living in Los Angeles, she has appeared in numerous television shows and has done voice acting for commercials, video games and other animations. “It’s been a beautiful process to be a part of watching the growth in her career and growth as a person,” McDuffie's wife, Leila Ryan, said.

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Cornell Watson, the photographer behind "Tarred Healing," poses for a portrait in his Durham office on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. "Tarred Healing" is a photo story reflecting on Black history in Chapel Hill and at UNC. 

'This is really disrespectful': Display of 'Tarred Healing' photo story canceled

Photographer Cornell Watson's "Tarred Healing" project is a reflection of Black history through places, people and systems in Chapel Hill and at the University. Twelve days after the display at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History was initially canceled, the center went back on the decision on March 1 — without consulting Watson — before canceling it for the final time the next day. “Who plans and schedules an exhibition without the artist?" Watson said. "No one, ever.”

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