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Old 01-18-2010, 09:50 PM
 
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I recently traveled to Raleigh,NC for a job interview and liked what I saw so far...But, my only concern is does Raleigh have a lot of diverse activities for a young african american professional in their mid-twenties? Now, that I have made the comment that I am african american I know some people will say, "What does race have to do with it?", however, I am just trying to keep in touch with my culture/community, so please do not take offense to this remark, because I love people of all diverse backgrounds. While I enjoy all activities, I would be interested in hearing some honest thoughts about the Raleigh/Durham area regarding this topic. I am a well rounded individual and would just like a good overall balance when it comes to work,nightlife, shopping, gym, etc.I have seen so many threads saying that Charlotte is the hip & happening place to be & then I have heard Raleigh as well for young african american professionals. I do know that many people in the area, but from what I have experienced from my visit people are very nice and willing to strike up a conversation. Please lend your positive & negative thoughts about this topic...It will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:22 PM
 
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If you go to Meetup.com and search for "African-American" for Raleigh, you'll find at least 13 groups representing different activities. Maybe you can connect with the organizers of those groups to learn more about activities for people in their 20's.

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But, my only concern is does Raleigh have a lot of diverse activities for a young african american professional in their mid-twenties?
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:27 AM
 
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Raleigh is a very nicely mixed melting pot of very different people of all races, religions, creeds, colors, etc. It's getting better (and by that I mean more open minded and less fanatical religious types) all the time.
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:34 AM
 
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I recently traveled to Raleigh,NC for a job interview and liked what I saw so far...But, my only concern is does Raleigh have a lot of diverse activities for a young african american professional in their mid-twenties? Now, that I have made the comment that I am african american I know some people will say, "What does race have to do with it?", however, I am just trying to keep in touch with my culture/community, so please do not take offense to this remark, because I love people of all diverse backgrounds. While I enjoy all activities, I would be interested in hearing some honest thoughts about the Raleigh/Durham area regarding this topic. I am a well rounded individual and would just like a good overall balance when it comes to work,nightlife, shopping, gym, etc.I have seen so many threads saying that Charlotte is the hip & happening place to be & then I have heard Raleigh as well for young african american professionals. I do know that many people in the area, but from what I have experienced from my visit people are very nice and willing to strike up a conversation. Please lend your positive & negative thoughts about this topic...It will be greatly appreciated!
What are diverse activities for an African American?How do they differ. from other activities?
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I'd like to know too. I am a middle-aged European-American, and I'll bet we could do mostly all the same stuff, given some free time. Except for the music/club scenes, which would likely differ, what else would you seek to do for activities that I would not do? I'd like to know so I can offer helpful feedback to your questions.

By way of personal observation, having lived in the Boston area for 45 years and here for almost 5, I will assert that there is far more racial harmony here, vs. there.
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:53 AM
 
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Here's one:
http://www.theurbantriangle.com/cale...&action=detail

Here's another:
Pages of Life: Women's Book Club (Raleigh, NC) - Meetup.com (http://www.meetup.com/PagesofLife/ - broken link)

Here's another:
J.E.W.E.L.S (Raleigh, NC) - Meetup.com (http://www.meetup.com/radiantJEWELS/ - broken link)

There are groups based on background and culture all over the place:

Italians:Italian Heritage Festivals Group (Wake Forest, NC) - Meetup.com (http://www.meetup.com/Italian-Heritage-Festivals-Group/ - broken link)
Germans: The German Playgroup (Cary, NC) - Meetup.com (http://www.meetup.com/Deutsche-Spielgruppe/ - broken link)
Latinos: Cafe Con Leche and Contacts (Raleigh, NC) - Meetup.com (http://www.meetup.com/Cafe-Con-Leche-and-Contacts/ - broken link)
Hawaiians: Ka Pu'uwai 'O Hawai'i - The Hawai'i Club of NC Meetup Group (Raleigh, NC) - Meetup.com

Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

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What are diverse activities for an African American?How do they differ. from other activities?
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:53 AM
 
Location: NC
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I'd like to know too. I am a middle-aged European-American, and I'll bet we could do mostly all the same stuff, given some free time. Except for the music/club scenes, which would likely differ, what else would you seek to do for activities that I would not do? I'd like to know so I can offer helpful feedback to your questions.

By way of personal observation, having lived in the Boston area for 45 years and here for almost 5, I will assert that there is far more racial harmony here, vs. there.
I'm from Miami and I would say we have more harmony here as well. Most people here are very kind and very nice...
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Raleigh is fine, should be no problem, but Durham is a more "historically Black" (and continues to be more integrated racially) city than Raleigh. Any Southern city has entrenched African-American civic culture, however.
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Old 01-19-2010, 09:38 AM
 
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I'm black as well but it seems like you should focus your question more and state what it is you like to do and then ask is that activity present in Raleigh. To ask does "Raleigh have a lot of diverse activities for a young african american professional in their mid-twenties" invites the poster to make general assumptions about what all black people do who are in their mid-twenties. What kind of things do you like to do?
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Upstate,SC
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@samdan, eloyfan, aspe4-I guess I should rephrase my question. I like all types of music (alternative, pop, r&b, rap, salsa/merenge', jazz, country, etc.), rock climb, art, poetry, football, karaoke, wine, bowling, etc. So when I say activities for for African-Americans I'm not necessarily saying, we do different activities, but just some cultural aspects that I could identitfy with this group. Just to throw out one example, Historically Black Sororities/Fraternities (Graduate Chapters, etc.)

Also, my concern is that I hear Raleigh, NC has a lot of opportunities for Young Professionals (all backgrounds, but especially there has been some talk about good opportunities for african american professionals, i.e. black enterprise magazine), but I did not see that aspect or "buzz" when visiting the city. Not trying to compare the city to Charlotte, but I have seen that Charlotte has advertisements promoting activities catered towards this group. (i.e. playdate, parties, poetry nights, singles activities, etc.) I just don't want to move to another city that all there is to do is go to the movies, mall & out to eat every weekend. I can agree with the other posters that say, people are nice,friendly & mingle with one another regardless of ethnic group, which is great- you do not find that in every city.

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