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Black Activism and Art Infused

Existing While Black Marrying the arts and activism is no rarity globally or locally. Though Asheville is viewed as a quaint little southern tourist attraction, it is budding and overflowing with “art-i-vism.”  Artivism is a portmanteau combining art and activism, and artivism is one more treasurable thing that makes Asheville a mountain of great potential. This Sunday, April 2, at… Read more »

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Black Leadership Now

This is an article by Sheneika Smith that was published in the July issue of the Urban News. My Return to Asheville Five years ago, circumstances brought me back home to Asheville from Charlotte, NC (by way of Winston-Salem). It was not long before I noticed the utopian aura of downtown was quite perverse when… Read more »

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Join the Date My City Team

As you know, Date My City is bringing “Cultural and Civic Engagement in Vogue” to Asheville. It is a force for fostering social cohesion, increasing civic participation and igniting pride through unity and self-determination for African Americans in Asheville. To meet these ambitious goals, we are putting out a call for team members. While these… 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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Asheville: From Slavery to Freedom Event April 26

Asheville: From Slavery to Freedom Remembering April 26, 1865 A Teach-In Sunday, April 26 5:00 – 6:30 pm Pack Square The Union Army of General George Stoneman, led by Brigadier General Alvan Gillem, approached Asheville from the Hendersonville route on April 23, 1865.  After signing a truce with the home guard, he led some 2,700… Read more »

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“From Hair to There” March 27

Textile Artist and 2014 Art Prize Recipient  Sonya Clark to speak at CCCD On her artistic approach and hair as one of the oldest art form ASHEVILLE, NC, March 18, 2015 – 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… 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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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 »