Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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A Taste of Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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  1. Winston-Salem is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Winston-Salem is the county seat and largest city of Forsyth County and the fourth-largest city in the state. The 2009 population estimate for the Winston-Salem, North Carolina MSA was 229,617.

  2. It is called the "Twin City" for its dual heritage, or "Camel City", a reference to Camel cigarettes and the city's prominent tobacco industry; many locals use "Winston" in informal speech. Other city nicknames include "The Dash", which is the name of the city's minor league baseball team and refers to the hyphen between "Winston" and "Salem". Winston-Salem is home to three universities and one college: Wake Forest University, a nationally distinguished private university, Winston-Salem State University, a historically-black university founded in 1892, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Salem College, a four-year liberal arts college for women.

  3. Winston-Salem is often referred to as the "City of the Arts", in part because of its history, in having the first arts council in the United States, founded in 1949, and for the local art schools and attractions. These include the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Twin City Stage, Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance, the Piedmont Opera Theater, the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Stevens Center for the Performing Arts, and the Sawtooth Center for Visual Arts.

  4. The city plays host to the National Black Theatre Festival, the RiverRun International Film Festival, the Revolve Film and Music Festival, and the Reynolda Film Festival. The city is also home to Carolina Music Ways, a grassroots arts organization focussing on the area's diverse, interconnected music traditions, including bluegrass, blues, jazz, gospel, old-time stringband, and Moravian music. Winston-Salem is also home to one of the largest 'Indie' music and art scenes in the state.

  5. The Winston-Salem Journal is the main daily newspaper in Winston-Salem. Yes! Weekly is a free weekly paper covering news, opinion, arts, entertainment, music, movies and food. The Winston-Salem Chronicle is a weekly newspaper that focuses on the African-American community.

  6. The median income for a household in the city is $39,589, and the median income for a family is $46,595.

Radio Stations
WBFJ, 89.3 FM, Your Family Station (Contemporary Christian music)
WSNC, 90.5 FM, Winston-Salem State University (Jazz)
WXRI, 91.3 FM, Southern Gospel
WJMH, 102.1FM, 102JAMZ (R&B,HIP-HOP)

Demographics of Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Famous Blacks from Winston-Salem, North Carolina


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Maya Angelou has taken on many roles over the years. Shes been a singer, dancer, actress, composer, and Hollywood's first female black director (Down in Delta), but shes most famous for her work as a writer and poet. Her latest project hits close to home literally. The Maya Angelou Center for Womens Health and Wellness, which opens early June in her adopted hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, will provide a range of medical services.

Maya Angelou Center for Womens Health and Wellness

And in her spare time, it turns out Angelou is a big fan of country music! Check out PARADE's latest interview with Angelou, where she chats about some her of favorite country acts. She even admits she's smitten by a few cowboys! Read on

You recently turned 84 and you havent slowed down a bit! What's your secret?
Im very blessed. Im grateful. I continue to have an attitude of gratitude. The first thing I do in the morning when I awaken is say, Thank you, Lord! Im grateful to be alive, and I'm going to try to tell the truth as well as I know and tell it as eloquently as I can so that people can hear it.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I cook and I read. I have fabulous gardens, so I like to sit out in my gardens. I cook for friends and have cocktails for friends. I watch Law & Order and listen to country music.

Who are some of your favorite country singers?
Ive been seriously affected by the breakup of Brooks & Dunn. They broke up after 20 years and Ive been seriously offended by that! I like some young singers, too. I like Jennifer Nettles from Sugarland she can sing and so can Carrie Underwood. And I love Blake Shelton. Im also very smitten by a couple of real cowboys, Montgomery Gentry. I went to hear them and they gave me a guitar.

Oprah Winfrey sent you a special Mother's Day message this year. Whats it like to know that you are an inspiration to so many?
Its a blessing. Im grateful to be of use. I will not be misused or abused, but I will be of use to anybody.

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Businesses in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

A small percentage of the businesses listed on may not necessarily be black owned and operated but have received favorable reviews from users who have visited the establishment, or from the owners themselves who warmly seek out African American patronage.


  1. Agape Beauty Salon & Spa -  Category: Black Hair Salons -  405 Rast St - Winston Salem, NC (803) 934-0791

  2. Ashli's Beauty Salon -  Category: Black Hair Salons -  2815 Waughtown Street - Winston Salem, NC (336) 784-4600

  3. Ayana's Glory LOCS -  Category: Black Hair Salons -  307 Thurston Street - Winston Salem, NC (336) 765-2090

  4. Bethabara African Hairbraiding -  Category: Black Hair Salon -   5000 University Parkway Winston-Salem, NC 27106 (336) 744-0906

  5. Dome Pieces: A Natural Hair Studio -  Category: Hair Salon -   4672 North Patterson Ave, Winston-Salem, NC. (336) 575-8836   - (visit website)

  6. Hair Bomb Salon -  Category: Black Hair Salons -  833 Burke St - Winston Salem, NC (336) 777-3626

  7. Hair Elegance II -  Category: Black Hair Salon -   1231 W Academy Street Winston-Salem, NC 27103 (336) 725-5228

  8. Phyl New Beauty Salon -  Category: Hair Salon -   4665 Brownsboro Rd Winston Salem, NC 27106 (336) 896-9149  - (reviews)

  9. The Queen's Beautique -  Category: Natural Hair Salon -   1637 Argonne Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27110 (336) 788-8446

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  1. CCS Training Services -  Category: Mental Health Counselor -  My mission is to make available long-lasting effects on my client's ability to respond to life's challenges. I help my clients break free from old habits and develop healthy coping skills.I provide career counseling that assists professionals in their development and implementation of strategies to make and sustain career and performance improvement. As a licensed mental health counselor, I specialize in treating a range of mental health conditions. My number one priority is to help bring life satisfaction and well-being to my clients by helping to restore balance to their lives.   301 North Main Street, Suite 2444 Winston Salem, North Carolina 27101 (336) 999-4533  - (visit website)

  2. Clarence E. Lloyd Jr., MD -  Category: Physician, Radiology -   190 Kimel Parks Drive Winston Salem, North Carolina 27103

  3. James Branch, MD -  Category: Ophthalmology, Physician -   224 Town Run Ln Winston Salem, North Carolina 27101

  4. John P. Card, MD -  Category: Internal Medicine, Physician -   250 Charlois Boulevard Winston Salem, North Carolina 27103

  5. King Solomon's Children's Enterprise -  Category: Black Bookstore -   1308 Thurmond St. Winston-Salem, NC 27105-5731 (336) 725-5228

  6. Kristen Gill Hairston, MD -  Category: Endocrinology, Physician -   Medical Center Boulevard Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27106

  7. Special Occasions Bookstore -  Category: Bookstore -   112 North Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Winston-Salem, NC 27101 (336) 724-0334

  8. Winston - Salem State University -  Category: Historically Black College -  601 Martin Luther King Jr Dr. Winston Salem, NC 27110-0001 (336) 750-2000  - (visit website)

  9. Zero Tolerance Drug Testing Agency, LLC. -  Category: Drug Testing -  Criminal Background Checks, Motor Vehicle Record Check, Employment/Education Background Checks, Pre-employment Drug Screening, Random Drug Testing, Post-Accident, Drug & Alcohol Screening for D.O.T and Non-D.O.T Services. D.N.A. Family Services.   - 1396 Old Mill Circle Winston Salem, NC (336) 765-0806  - (visit website)



  1. Big Easy Cajun -  Category: Cajun, Creole, Southern -   3320 Silas Creek Pkwy # Fc9 (336) 794-3220

  2. Doctor J's House Of Soul Food -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   1527 South Martin Luther King Junior Drive, Winston-Salem, NC (336) 771-7663  - (reviews)

  3. Gritty Cafe -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   3003 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC (336) 785-0914

  4. Lucky Blue -  Category: American, Southern, Soul Food -   219 West 4th St (336) 917-3000

  5. Mama Kings Soul Food Restaurant -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   1527 S Martin Luther King Jr Dr Winston Salem, NC 27107 (336) 293-8502   - (reviews)

  6. Meta's Restaurant -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants - Great southern home cooking -  102 West 3rd St # Lp5, Winston-Salem, NC (336) 750-0811

  7. Pig Pickin's -  Category: Southern, Barbecue, Ribs -   3650 Reynolda Rd (336) 923-2285

  8. Shields Soul Food -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   4604 Cherry St Winston Salem, NC 27105 (336) 245-8048   - (reviews)

  9. Simply Soul Restaurant -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   4339 South Main Street Winston-Salem, NC (336) 788-0400   - (visit website)

  10. Sweet Potatoes -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   529 N Trade St Winston Salem, NC 27101 (336) 727-4844   - (reviews)

  11. Texas Roadhouse -  Category: Barbecue, Ribs, Chicken, Southern, Steak -   186 Hanes Mall Cir (336) 768-7548



Three possibilities in N.C.'s strong state system, UNC-Asheville, UNC-Chapel Hill, Winston-Salem State University, and a trip over the border to Virginia Tech.



Jobs from Indeed



  1. First Church of God In Christ -  635 Ontario St. Winston Salem, NC 27105-3717 (336) 767-8950  - (visit website)

  2. Goler Metropolitan AME Church -  1435 East 4th Street, Winston-Salem, NC (336) 723-2325

  3. Greater Faith Deliverance Center Church of God In Christ -  520 Glenbrook Dr. Winston Salem , NC 27101 (336) 723-1777

  4. Mount Zion Baptist Church -  950 File Street Winston-Salem, NC 27101 (336)722-2325

  5. Saints Assembley Cogic Inc -  4715 Germanton Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27105 (336) 744-7222

  6. St James Ame Church -  1501 Patterson Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC (336) 724-3865  - (visit website)

  7. St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church -  5000 Noble Street Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27105

  8. Union Bethel AME Church -  1617 N Trade St, Winston-Salem, NC (336) 722-0010  - (visit website)



  1. Club Odyssey -  Category: Nightclub -   44019 Country Club Rd, #A, Winston-Salem, NC (336) 774-1077

  2. National Black Theatre Festival -  Category: Entertainment -  Winston-Salem NC   - (visit website)

  3. Platinum NightLife -  Category: Nightclub -  875 West Northwest Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC. (336) 722-9023  - (visit website)

  4. Therapy -  Category: Nightclub -  411 N Cherry St Winston Salem, NC 27101 (336) 725-8818   - (reviews)

  5. The 411 -  Category: Nightclub -   411 N Cherry St, Winston-Salem, NC (336) 725-1411

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  1. Millennium Arts and Music Festival
    Held at Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem     - (visit website)

    Features a host of painters, sculptors, dancers, poets, musicians, and filmmakers for the arts connoisseur.

  2. Twin City RibFest
    Began in downtown Winston-Salem, NC.     - (visit website)

    The Festival will include dance, music, a visual arts exhibition, book fair, community displays, a youth fun and learn area, along with a jazz concert later in the evening.




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