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Ruth Samuel


Camille Parker, who is from Durham, is carving a space for Black women country artists and fans. Photo courtesy of UNC Media Hub. 
News

Meet Camille Parker, a beacon for Black women in country music

Raised in Durham, Camille Parker is Bull City bred. It was there that she was introduced to Linda Martell, the Pointer Sisters, Charlie Pride, and notably, Rissi Palmer. Now, over a decade later, Parker is a part of Palmer's "Color Me Country Class of 2021" and released her first single called "The Flame" in March 2021.  Despite challenges facing Black women trying to enter country music, Parker has burst on the scene and been embraced by Black women in the industry, such as Grammy-nominated Mickey Guyton.

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Photo courtesy of Ruth Samuel.
Opinion

Column: From Carolina to Afropunk

 “I’ve never experienced being in such a safe, supportive and breathtakingly beautiful space, so much to the point [where] I crave it here at Carolina. Yes, I have been able to connect with other Black people at Carolina but for me personally, I haven’t found a group cultivating that extreme self expression, openness and artistry here,” Gill told me. 

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