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Bennett College team, Greensboro, North Carolina, 1934. Ruth Glover is third from left. (Courtesy of the Greensboro Historical Museum.)
The Night the Sports World Revolved Around Two Black Women’s Basketball Teams in Greensboro

A new podcast is reviving interest in the Jim Crow era of women’s sports, including a 1934 matchup between NC’s Bennett College and the best Black women’s team in the nation. 

A NC bookstore owner curates her book selection by focusing on the joys of Black childhood. (Shutterstock)
Why Children’s Books Centering Black Children Are So Important

For Banned Books Week, a North Carolina bookstore owner on raising a generation of Black children that see themselves on the page.

Amanda Darrow, director of youth, family and education programs at the Utah Pride Center, poses with books that have been the subject of complaints from parents in Salt Lake City on Dec. 16, 2021.  The wave of attempted book banning and restrictions continues to intensify, the American Library Association reported. Numbers for 2022 already approach last year's totals, which were the highest in decades. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
Why Banning Books Is A Jim Crow Practice

For Banned Books Week, an N.C. State professor of English explains how the recent surge in bans is targeting Black people and LGBTQ people.

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.

We're drooling. (Image via. Southerly Biscuit Co./Matt Ray Photography)
You Love It, North Carolina. But Did You Know Pimento Cheese Comes from New York? 

Want to make the case that the best pimento cheese is made right here in the South? Start with these local dishes.

"Boundless," a new statue marking the contributions of Black soldiers who served in the Civil War. The Wilmington statue will be the focal point of North Carolina's first park dedicated to Black Civil War troops. (Photo by Alan Cradick)
New to NC? Here Are 9 Travel-Worthy Destinations to Visit in Your First Year

You already know Lexington is on the list for the barbecue.  

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.