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LEAF Downtown AVL

Date My City will be participating in an experience rich with cultural history and inclusivity at the 1st Annual LEAF Downtown event in the Voices of Asheville tent. LEAF Downtown AVL, a free street festival with music and more, will be held Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2 in Pack Park. The Voices of Asheville tent, located near the… Read more »

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Mountain BizWorks Spotlight

Thanks to Mountain BizWorks for featuring Sheneika in their “Client Spotlight” series. This is the story: Sheneika Smith is a native Ashevillian and the founder of Date My City, a social organization that exists to promote the engagement, advancement, and empowerment of communities of color in Asheville through coordinating social events that highlight Black history, engage the Black community… Read more »

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Looking Back at Asheville Slaves’ Liberation

When we think about the liberation of American slaves, we tend to think about Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation which was made official January 1, 1863. And when we think about celebrating slave liberation, most people defer to Juneteenth, which commemorates the last slaves who were freed in America almost two years after the Emancipation Proclamation…. Read more »

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Don’t Miss Sonya Clark at CCCD This Week!

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) is pleased to present From Hair to There, an artist’s talk with 2014 Art Prize Recipient and Chair of the Department of Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, Sonya Clark, on hair as one of the oldest art forms. The event will be held Friday, March 27,… Read more »

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An Exchange of Memory: Oral Tradition & Storytelling

On Saturday, March 7th, between 5 to 7 pm, Date My City will connect the city to the rich local history of African Americans in Western North Carolina through oral tradition, a remarkable legacy exchanged to our generation through storytelling. We dare to remember and allow this memory to be the catalyst that shapes the… Read more »

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The Age of Collaboration

Greetings! If I haven’t seen you since last year, “Happy New Year” and to the others, whose paths I had the privilege of crossing during festivities celebrating the legacy of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, I know you are still revved up and ready to continue fighting for blacks and other marginalized Americans… Read more »

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Black Asheville 2014: Transformative Milestones

December is traditionally the month when individuals or businesses assess their yearly outcomes; good, bad and indifferent! It’s wise practice, to be mindful of the successes and hardships, especially before making plans and setting projections for the new year. Our Date My City team sat together on a Tuesday morning with that exact goal; to… Read more »

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A Call to Vote

A video message from Sheneika Smith. The text of these remarks can be found on the Asheville Blade.