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Thursday January 20th

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

DTH Photo Illustration. The Harder They Fall (2021) is a new Netflix film that falls into Holleywood’s pattern of colorism. Pictured is Zazie Beetz, an actress from the movie that is centralized in this conversation.

Column: 'The Harder They Fall' doesn't quite get it right

"'The Harder They Fall' is a great movie that highlights an important and underrepresented part of our country’s history. We should be able to celebrate this piece of art while remaining critical of its flaws, especially those that play into harmful trends of colorism and fatphobia in representation that plague the industry."

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Senior health policy and management major Takhona Hlatshwako has been named UNC’s 52nd Rhodes Scholar, allowing her a fully-funded one-year interdisciplinary master’s degree program in international health and tropical medicine at Oxford University.

UNC senior studying public health named University's 52nd Rhodes scholar

Takhona Hlatshwako will be participating in a fully funded one-year interdisciplinary master’s degree program in international health and tropical medicine at Oxford University.  Hlatshwako, originally from the Kingdom of Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, is the one of the first from her home country and the 33rd Morehead-Cain scholar to receive the Rhodes scholarship. 

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UNC Asian American Center Associate Director Krupal Amin poses for a portrait outside the AAC on Oct. 27.

Meet Krupal Amin, associate director of UNC's Asian American Center

In July, the UNC Asian American Center welcomed Krupal Amin as its associate director. Amin received her undergraduate degree in English and comparative literature from UNC. While she was at UNC-CH, Amin co-founded Tar Heel Raas, one of the University's South Asian dance teams. One of the long-term goals Amin wants to achieve is for the Center to underscore that the South is more than just a Black-white binary.

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