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Here’s what’s happening now:

While state leaders continue to talk about equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines, the data shows white North Carolinians received vaccines far more than Black North Carolinians.

The state dashboard shows that 82% of the people who have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine so far are white, though white people only make up 68.7% of North Carolina’s population, according to the 2019 American Community Survey Census estimates.

Only 11% of COVID-19 first-dose vaccine recipients are Black people, though Black North Carolinians make up 21.4% of the population.

Second doses look similar — 80% are white, 9% are Black recipients. 

What else to know:

🏘️  The modified stay-at-home order, curfew and to-go cocktails are extended. [read more]

📊Wake County received the third-fewest COVID-19 vaccines per person in the state. [INDY Week]
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Message from Minerva Media Co.: 

📝 Does your brand voice have conflicting personalities — or no personality at all? Does your target audience have issues recognizing your brand’s content without seeing your name?

In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to develop a brand voice that resonates with your target audience and develop initial story ideas that fit. Register now for our upcoming workshop, 1-2 p.m. Feb. 5!
Converging Stories, Raleigh’s live community storytelling series, is coming back for 2021!

Converging Stories is a true, first-person storytelling series in which community members — your neighbors — are coached to share a story for insight around a theme. Each night of storytelling has a different theme.

Anyone connected with the Raleigh and Wake County community can submit their story idea for one of the themes! Send a short, 100-word idea to

Storytellers will be selected for coaching to tell their story live at a Converging Stories event.

These events will continue to be virtual until we can safely gather together again.

2021 Converging Stories themes and dates:

🎙️ MARCH 15: Second Chance 
Starting off our second season, we’re looking for stories about second chances.
Deadline for story pitches: Submit your story now by 11:59 p.m. Feb. 7 to!

🎙️JUNE 7: Distance + Exploration
Stories interpreting distance or exploration.
Deadline for story pitches: 11:59 p.m. May 2!

🎙️SEPTEMBER 20: The Fall 
Whether the fall is literal or figurative (or even the season), we want your fall stories!
Deadline for story pitches: 11:59 p.m. Aug. 1

🎙️NOVEMBER 8: Tradition
We’re seeking stories of breaking tradition, making new traditions or insights on family traditions.
Deadline for story pitches: 11:59 p.m. Oct. 3

[learn more about our 2020 season]


Raleigh Provisions, a shop downtown with North Carolina goods, is closing. Their last day is Saturday. [read more

The Constitution and Green parties are no longer recognized political parties in North Carolina after not reaching 2% of votes in the last election. [WRAL]

The latest Our State magazine features a Raleigh guide, including profiles of Hummingbird, The Longleaf HotelGuest House (published now) and others. []

We got our first snow of the season last night, about 2 inches. [WRAL] ❄️
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