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A photo of each of the producers profiled in this piece set inside reels of film

Story by Kyesha Jennings 
Photos by Sandra Davidson
Graphic Design by Ai-Ling Chang 

Hip-Hop scholar Kyesha Jennings explores the important role producers play in crafting the sound and image of the hip-hop genre by interviewing ten North Carolina producers.

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Do you want to be a part of a friendly arts organization that reaches every corner of our state?  Could you help us fulfill our mission of “Arts for all people” by building arts in education programs that are engaging, relevant, and diverse?  We invite you to apply! 

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On Monday, May 17, Governor Roy Cooper announced that he would reappoint poet, teacher, and community advocate Jaki Shelton Green as North Carolina’s poet laureate.

A collage of the fellowship recipients, from left to right Ashleigh Shanti, Betty Maney, Mary W. Thompson, Mary Greene, and Theresa Gloster

By Zoe van Buren

South Arts recently awarded its third round of “In These Mountains” Folk and Traditional Arts Master Artist Fellowships to 15 Appalachian culture-bearers from North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Five artists from North Carolina received the fellowship: Ashleigh Shanti (Asheville), Betty Maney (Cherokee), Mary W. Thompson (Cherokee), Mary Greene (Boone), and Theresa Gloster (Lenoir).

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