The Durham artist is a leader in the local music scene. (Image via Sonicbids.com)
Being Shirlette Ammons: The Durham Musician on Embracing Life as a Queer, Black Woman in the South 

"Spectacles," the forthcoming album from the Durham artist, delves into a lifetime navigating a hybrid identity: QPOC, artist, and rural Southerner.

It's not our state butterfly, but for our money, the red spotted purple butterfly might be the most beautiful we've seen. (Shutterstock)
Butterflies Aren’t Just for Spring: 5 NC Fall Butterflies and Where to Find Them 

Some butterflies are disgusting. Some are sneaky. Others are just plain beautiful. And NC is the perfect state to seek them out.

Myra McDuffie, co-owner of MeMa's Chick'n' & Ribs, says she wants her eastern North Carolina barbecue restaurant to be more than just another good barbecue restaurant.
After Hurricane Florence, This Black-Owned Barbecue Restaurant Was the Only Place In Town to Get Food

The McDuffies' Pender County restaurant was a life-saver after the storm. Today, they want to sustain their town in more ways than one. 

The last remaining Shell gas station shaped like a clamshell in Winston-Salem. (Image via Wikipedia)
UFO Homes, Clamshell Gas Stations, and Giant Domes: 6 NC Destinations for Bizarre Architecture

Modernist architecture, which peaked between 1933 and 1965, is spacey, minimalistic, and experimental. But vestiges of this eye-catching period can be found all over North Carolina.

Former civil rights lawyer and activist Floyd McKissick watches work begin on his "Soul City" project, a long-gestating Black empowerment utopia that ultimately couldn't escape the bad press from white supremacists. (AP Photo/Harold Valentine)
6 Utopias You Didn’t Know Existed in North Carolina

A Black refuge for economic empowerment, a lesbian commune, and a refuge for enslaved people: Let's take a tour of the hidden societies within North Carolina society. 

Durham artist Darius Quarles at work on a mural honoring local hip hop icons Little Brother. (Photo courtesy of Darius Quarles)
How Durham’s Darius Quarles Went From Fledgling Painter to a Leader in North Carolina’s Arts Scene

Quarles battled racism, a pandemic, and a breakneck pace to become a major artist of color in a predominantly white North Carolina scene. 

Here lies North Carolina's literary giants. Riverside Cemetery in Asheville is the final resting place for Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry, as well as plenty of other historic western NC graves. (Shutterstock)
Morbid Curiosity: North Carolina’s Most Fascinating Graveyards

We’ve been scoping out North Carolina’s oldest, most haunted, and most hidden cemeteries.