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Local artist Artie Barksdale works on a mural located on 108 Henderson St. for the upcoming Hip Hop South Festival on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The festival takes place on April 22 and April 23 in venues around Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

'Considering the hip-hop South': Professors bring Southern hip-hop festival to Chapel Hill

Starting April 22, the festival will include two nights of live music at several venues including Cat’s Cradle. In addition, there will be a virtual lecture on sneaker culture, an exhibition of hip-hop scholarship and a public mural. “When you think about chronicling the South, I don’t think you can do that without considering the hip-hop South,” Christopher Massenburg (also known as Dasan Ahanu), an adjunct professor at UNC and one of the festival co-curators, said.

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Darice Johnson, a disabled veteran, is pictured with an accessible parking sign on Tuesday, April 19, 2022.

Disabled and low-income residents raise Chapel Hill parking accessibility concerns

Although all Chapel Hill residents know the struggle of finding parking downtown, the issue is even greater for those limited by a disability or cost.   Timothy Miles, the executive director for the Triangle Disability Awareness Council, said accessible parking spaces in downtown Chapel Hill are limited and oftentimes do not provide easy access to the surrounding buildings. The influx of construction in the area has also exacerbated the problem.  “That makes it very difficult to get in and out because it’s confusing — discouraging is a better word,” he said. Reis Phillips, a UNC senior and store associate at Underground Printing, also noted the financial barriers posed by parking fees downtown.  "We are the people who support this community and spend money here and live here — but we can't afford to pay to park here," she said. 

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Seanna Chen, Katherine Zhang, Grace Chow, and Carina Lin pose for a portrait in the Coker Arboretum on Friday, April 15, 2022. Chen, Zhang, Chow, and Lin are members of UNC's Flying Silk, a Chinese dance group that focuses on ribbon and fan dance.

Flying Silk performs traditional Chinese dance on UNC's campus

Flying Silk Dance Troupe is the University’s only traditional Chinese dance group. Specializing in fan and silk ribbon dancing, the group has performed its new choreography, "Dawn," at various showcases this year. "Our mission statement has always been to spread awareness and educate the Carolina community on the diversity of Chinese culture, especially through dance," junior Seanna Chen said.

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