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January 6: Roy Cooper, North Carolina’s new governor, hugs his wife, Kristin, at the end of their first dance at a celebration of his inauguration. Cooper, a Democrat, had defeated Governor Pat McCrory in November by a razor-thin margin. - PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER
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  • January 6: Roy Cooper, North Carolina’s new governor, hugs his wife, Kristin, at the end of their first dance at a celebration of his inauguration. Cooper, a Democrat, had defeated Governor Pat McCrory in November by a razor-thin margin.

January 25: American Aquarium founder and frontman B.J. Barham gets tattooed by Shaun Bushnell at Blue Flame Tattoo Studio in Raleigh. His band has survived—and thrived—thanks largely to Barham’s ability to sell himself. - PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER
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  • January 25: American Aquarium founder and frontman B.J. Barham gets tattooed by Shaun Bushnell at Blue Flame Tattoo Studio in Raleigh. His band has survived—and thrived—thanks largely to Barham’s ability to sell himself.

February 4: Protesters gather on Raleigh’s Halifax Mall for the No Ban No Wall rally, a demonstration against President Trump’s immigration and refugee policies, including the travel ban enacted soon after Trump took office. - PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER
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  • February 4: Protesters gather on Raleigh’s Halifax Mall for the No Ban No Wall rally, a demonstration against President Trump’s immigration and refugee policies, including the travel ban enacted soon after Trump took office.

February 25: Kamron Jackson gathers eggs at Sankofa Farms in Efland. Sankofa Farms runs a nine-week, tuition-free summer academy where low-income youths learn the value of food and farming. - PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER
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  • February 25: Kamron Jackson gathers eggs at Sankofa Farms in Efland. Sankofa Farms runs a nine-week, tuition-free summer academy where low-income youths learn the value of food and farming.

March 4: Wildin Acosta, who spent much of 2016 in a private immigration prison in Georgia before his release on bond, is pictured here at the Green Flea Market in Durham. Acosta’s bid to stay in the country is still pending. - PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER
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  • March 4: Wildin Acosta, who spent much of 2016 in a private immigration prison in Georgia before his release on bond, is pictured here at the Green Flea Market in Durham. Acosta’s bid to stay in the country is still pending.

March 4: Donald Trump supporters convened on Halifax Mall in Raleigh Saturday to demonstrate support for the president's agenda. This woman, in a “N.C. Deplorables” t-shirt, is mocking liberal protesters as crybabies. - PHOTO BY JEN GREGG
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  • March 4: Donald Trump supporters convened on Halifax Mall in Raleigh Saturday to demonstrate support for the president's agenda. This woman, in a “N.C. Deplorables” t-shirt, is mocking liberal protesters as crybabies.

March 17: Khai Tow fled an oppressive military state in Myanmar and ended up in the Triangle. When refugees arrive in the United States, they get three months’ assistance, then they’re on their own. Many end up in low-wage jobs. - PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER
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  • March 17: Khai Tow fled an oppressive military state in Myanmar and ended up in the Triangle. When refugees arrive in the United States, they get three months’ assistance, then they’re on their own. Many end up in low-wage jobs.

February 16: Steph Stewart and Mario Arnez form the duo Blue Cactus, which has found a home in the pomp and fashion of mid-century country music. - PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER
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  • February 16: Steph Stewart and Mario Arnez form the duo Blue Cactus, which has found a home in the pomp and fashion of mid-century country music.

March 26: Laura Andrews (bottom), Sara Wakefield (center), and Carolyn Gilbert (top) do yoga in the company of goats at the Hux Family Farm in Durham. Hanna Newman, co-owner of Bikram Yoga Durham, led the session. - PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER
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  • March 26: Laura Andrews (bottom), Sara Wakefield (center), and Carolyn Gilbert (top) do yoga in the company of goats at the Hux Family Farm in Durham. Hanna Newman, co-owner of Bikram Yoga Durham, led the session.

April 7: Former hog farmer Don Webb has become a foremost critic of the commercial hog-farming industry. He opposed a bill that capped the amount of damages neighbors could recoup from hog farms through nuisance lawsuits. In May, the bill became law over Governor Cooper’s veto. - PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER
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  • April 7: Former hog farmer Don Webb has become a foremost critic of the commercial hog-farming industry. He opposed a bill that capped the amount of damages neighbors could recoup from hog farms through nuisance lawsuits. In May, the bill became law over Governor Cooper’s veto.

April 7: Renee Miller grew up in the house where she now lives in Warsaw. She is one of about five hundred plaintiffs suing the pork-producing giant Murphy-Brown LLC. - PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER
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  • April 7: Renee Miller grew up in the house where she now lives in Warsaw. She is one of about five hundred plaintiffs suing the pork-producing giant Murphy-Brown LLC.

May 14: Jai Green passes a cheeseburger to Shaleek Brown during a Mother's Day picnic to celebrate mothers who had been bailed out of jail by Southerners On New Ground. - PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER
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  • May 14: Jai Green passes a cheeseburger to Shaleek Brown during a Mother's Day picnic to celebrate mothers who had been bailed out of jail by Southerners On New Ground.

May 18: Samuel Jenkins owns Samuel & Sons Barber Shop on Angier Avenue in Durham, which owes its existence to a matching grant he received as part of the city’s poverty-reduction initiative. - PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER
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  • May 18: Samuel Jenkins owns Samuel & Sons Barber Shop on Angier Avenue in Durham, which owes its existence to a matching grant he received as part of the city’s poverty-reduction initiative.

July 14: Tyron Green, nephew of Laticia Singleton, carries items out of the apartment that Singleton was recently evicted from in Durham. In the 2015–16 fiscal year, one eviction case was filed for every twenty-eight Durham County residents. - PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER
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  • July 14: Tyron Green, nephew of Laticia Singleton, carries items out of the apartment that Singleton was recently evicted from in Durham. In the 2015–16 fiscal year, one eviction case was filed for every twenty-eight Durham County residents.

July 21: Tarish Pipkins, aka Jeghetto, works on a large puppet at the Paperhand Puppet Intervention workshop in Saxapahaw. Pipkins has worked with the likes of Missy Elliot and Pharrell Williams and received a Jim Henson Foundation grant to develop his hip-hopera, 5P1N0K10. - PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER
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  • July 21: Tarish Pipkins, aka Jeghetto, works on a large puppet at the Paperhand Puppet Intervention workshop in Saxapahaw. Pipkins has worked with the likes of Missy Elliot and Pharrell Williams and received a Jim Henson Foundation grant to develop his hip-hopera, 5P1N0K10.

July 22: North Carolina FC, formerly the Carolina Railhawks, are trying to earn a franchise in Major League Soccer. This summer, team owner Steve Malik unveiled plans for a stadium in downtown Raleigh. - PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER
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  • July 22: North Carolina FC, formerly the Carolina Railhawks, are trying to earn a franchise in Major League Soccer. This summer, team owner Steve Malik unveiled plans for a stadium in downtown Raleigh.

August 18: Hundreds of people amassed in downtown Durham to protest a rumored KKK rally. The Klan never showed up. - PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER
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  • August 18: Hundreds of people amassed in downtown Durham to protest a rumored KKK rally. The Klan never showed up.

August 21: Kallyn Boerner watches the solar eclipse at Ponysaurus Brewery in Durham. - PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER
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  • August 21: Kallyn Boerner watches the solar eclipse at Ponysaurus Brewery in Durham.

September 9: G.O.U.G.E. Wrestling put on exhibition matches outside Ruby Deluxe during Hopscotch in Raleigh. - PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER
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  • September 9: G.O.U.G.E. Wrestling put on exhibition matches outside Ruby Deluxe during Hopscotch in Raleigh.

September 13: Daravahn “Donna” Sayarath prays in the entrance of Bida Manda every time she arrives at the Raleigh restaurant, where she’s worked since 2012. Sayarath fled the Laotian civil war with her mother in 1975. - PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER
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  • September 13: Daravahn “Donna” Sayarath prays in the entrance of Bida Manda every time she arrives at the Raleigh restaurant, where she’s worked since 2012. Sayarath fled the Laotian civil war with her mother in 1975.

September 15: Raleigh City Council candidates Nicole Stewart (left) and Zainab Baloch turn the corner in a race at Frankie's Fun Park during the Meet Me in the Middle event, designed bring together young candidates and constituents from Raleigh and Durham. Durham City Council candidate Vernetta Alston (back) was joined by Durham mayoral candidate Pierce Freelon at the event. Stewart and Alston won their elections; Baloch and Freelon did not. - PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER
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  • September 15: Raleigh City Council candidates Nicole Stewart (left) and Zainab Baloch turn the corner in a race at Frankie's Fun Park during the Meet Me in the Middle event, designed bring together young candidates and constituents from Raleigh and Durham. Durham City Council candidate Vernetta Alston (back) was joined by Durham mayoral candidate Pierce Freelon at the event. Stewart and Alston won their elections; Baloch and Freelon did not.

October 12: Magno Tapia, a sushi chef at M Sushi in Durham, continues to work with fish despite a seafood allergy. - PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER
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  • October 12: Magno Tapia, a sushi chef at M Sushi in Durham, continues to work with fish despite a seafood allergy.

Feb. 11: Thousands of demonstrators—the NAACP estimated eighty thousand, though that seems generous—participated in the Moral March on Raleigh, a mass protest against the Trump administration’s policies. - PHOTO BY BEN MCKEOWN
  • Photo by Ben McKeown
  • Feb. 11: Thousands of demonstrators—the NAACP estimated eighty thousand, though that seems generous—participated in the Moral March on Raleigh, a mass protest against the Trump administration’s policies.

March 15: Glun Siu, a Vietnamese Immigrant and member of St. Paul's Christian Church, poses for a portrait in Raleigh. He’s part of a little-known refugee community in North Carolina, one of an estimated twenty thousand Montagnards who fled religious persecution. - PHOTO BY BRIAN MCKEOWN
  • Photo by Brian McKeown
  • March 15: Glun Siu, a Vietnamese Immigrant and member of St. Paul's Christian Church, poses for a portrait in Raleigh. He’s part of a little-known refugee community in North Carolina, one of an estimated twenty thousand Montagnards who fled religious persecution.

April 14: Fullsteam Brewery founder Sean Lilly Wilson pours a beer from a fermenter. Before opening Fullsteam in 2010, he helped organize the 2005 Pop the Cap law that helped push the state’s craft beer scene forward. He sought a change in state law that would have increased the amount of beer breweries could sell without bringing in an outside distributor; it did not pass. - PHOTO BY BEN MCKEOWN
  • Photo by Ben McKeown
  • April 14: Fullsteam Brewery founder Sean Lilly Wilson pours a beer from a fermenter. Before opening Fullsteam in 2010, he helped organize the 2005 Pop the Cap law that helped push the state’s craft beer scene forward. He sought a change in state law that would have increased the amount of beer breweries could sell without bringing in an outside distributor; it did not pass.

May 18: People participate in the Lily Dale VR experience during Moogfest in Durham. - PHOTO BY BEN MCKEOWN
  • Photo by Ben McKeown
  • May 18: People participate in the Lily Dale VR experience during Moogfest in Durham.

June 7: Artist Victor Epkuk works on a chalk mural at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. - PHOTO BY BEN MCKEOWN
  • Photo by Ben McKeown
  • June 7: Artist Victor Epkuk works on a chalk mural at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.

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