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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The median income for a household in the city is $39,589, and the median income for a family is $46,595.
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)
Maya Angelou has taken on many roles over the years. She’s been a singer, dancer, actress, composer, and Hollywood's first female black director (Down in Delta), but she’s most famous for her work as a writer and poet. Her latest project hits close to home — literally. The Maya Angelou Center for Women’s Health and Wellness, which opens early June, 2012 in her adopted hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, will provide a range of medical services.
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 haven’t slowed down a bit! What's your secret?
“I’m very blessed. I’m 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!’ I’m 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?
“I’ve been seriously affected by the breakup of Brooks & Dunn. They broke up after 20 years and I’ve 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. I’m 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. What’s it like to know that you are an inspiration to so many?
“It’s a blessing. I’m 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
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BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL
Agape Beauty Salon & Spa - Category: Black Hair Salons - 405 Rast St - Winston Salem, NC (803) 934-0791
Ashli's Beauty Salon - Category: Black Hair Salons - 2815 Waughtown Street - Winston Salem, NC (336) 784-4600
Ayana's Glory LOCS - Category: Black Hair Salons - 307 Thurston Street - Winston Salem, NC (336) 765-2090
Bethabara African Hairbraiding - Category: Black Hair Salon - 5000 University Parkway Winston-Salem, NC 27106 (336) 744-0906
Dome Pieces: A Natural Hair Studio - Category: Hair Salon - 4672 North Patterson Ave, Winston-Salem, NC. (336) 575-8836 - (visit website)
Hair Bomb Salon - Category: Black Hair Salons - 833 Burke St - Winston Salem, NC (336) 777-3626
Hair Elegance II - Category: Black Hair Salon - 1231 W Academy Street Winston-Salem, NC 27103 (336) 725-5228
Phyl New Beauty Salon - Category: Hair Salon - 4665 Brownsboro Rd
Winston Salem, NC 27106 (336) 896-9149 - (reviews)
The Queen's Beautique - Category: Natural Hair Salon - 1637 Argonne Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27110 (336) 788-8446
Clarence E. Lloyd Jr., MD - Category: Physician, Radiology - 190 Kimel Parks Drive Winston Salem, North Carolina 27103
James Branch, MD - Category: Ophthalmology, Physician - 224 Town Run Ln
Winston Salem, North Carolina 27101
John P. Card, MD - Category: Internal Medicine, Physician - 250 Charlois Boulevard Winston Salem, North Carolina 27103
King Solomon's Children's Enterprise - Category: Black Bookstore - 1308 Thurmond St. Winston-Salem, NC 27105-5731 (336) 725-5228
Kristen Gill Hairston, MD - Category: Endocrinology, Physician - Medical Center Boulevard Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27106
Special Occasions Bookstore - Category: Bookstore - 112 North Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Winston-Salem, NC 27101 (336) 724-0334
Winston - Salem State University - Category: Historically Black College - 601 Martin Luther King Jr Dr. Winston Salem, NC 27110-0001 (336) 750-2000 - (visit website)
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)
DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD
Big Easy Cajun - Category: Cajun, Creole, Southern - 3320 Silas Creek Pkwy # Fc9 (336) 794-3220
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)
Gritty Cafe - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - 3003 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC (336) 785-0914
Lucky Blue - Category: American, Southern, Soul Food - 219 West 4th St (336) 917-3000
Mama Kings Soul Food Restaurant - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - 1527 S Martin Luther King Jr Dr Winston Salem, NC 27107 (336) 293-8502 - (reviews)
Meta's Restaurant - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - Great southern home cooking - 102 West 3rd St # Lp5, Winston-Salem, NC (336) 750-0811
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