Vanessa Infanzon

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After key parts in ‘Watchmen’ and ‘Black Panther’, NC actress lands her biggest role


When Alexis Louder reflects on taking the stage at E. E. Waddell in high school as one of the leads in a production of “Fences,” she recalls shaking and stuttering. But now she recognizes how the experience changed her life. PHOTO: Daniel Cutts

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Charlotte artist’s mixed media work lets her connect with the community over loss


Monique Luck, a contemporary mixed media artist, was able to find common ground with folks in Charlotte while leading community workshops based on her own experience with loss. PHOTO: Bob Leverone.

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Foster parents need a village. This Austin mom gave them one.


The call from social services came at midnight in October 2017 — Ruben Elizondo and his wife Hillarie Elizondo’s first foster child, a 4-month-old boy, would arrive in two hours with only the clothes on his back and a baby carrier.

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‘Not ready... for a rocking chair yet.’ At age 70, she took up drums during COVID-19


When Alvesta Cody started drum lessons at the age of 70, her family and friends weren’t surprised. They’d always called her bold.

PHOTO: Joshua Komer

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Discover good works in the Upstate


Listen to the news and you might think the world is ending. It's hard to find the positive when everything appears dramatic and traumatic. But look around Upstate SC and discover the good. There are nonprofit organizations operating working... PHOTO: Paige Ramsey Photography

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Mint Museum exhibit examines complexities of border walls around the world


Fences and borders are not a national phenomenon.

“(They’re) a human response to anxiety and perceived threats,” said Jen Sudul Edwards, the chief curator and curator of contemporary art at the Mint Museum in Charlotte. PHOTO: SHAN Wallace

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