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Personality: Shavon M. Ragsdale

If it takes a village to raise a child, Shavon M. Ragsdale works to make sure the village is ready, willing and able to protect and support those most in need.

An evening on Mount Kilimanjaro

When Robert Dortch Jr. was returning to the United States after reaching Uhuru Peak, the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro, a customs agent at the airport in Tanzania asked him why he’d been visiting the country.

Personality: Renee Gaines

Across multiple roles and several years, Renee Gaines has worked to help bring transformative growth to the city of Richmond.

The holidays are here

Richmond will officially kick off the holiday season this weekend with several popular events.

Sing a song

Virginia Union University will hold its annual Christmas concert at Virginia Union University concert on Thursday Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.

‘Truth Tellers’ chronicles careers of 24 Black women journalists since 1960

A new book calls attention to the Black women editors, columnists and reporters who have brought change since the Civil Rights Movement to the previously mostly male and mostly white newsrooms of mainstream news outlets.

Blessing of the Animals’ is Dec. 9

The traditional Richmond Blessing of the Animals is scheduled for noon Friday, Dec. 9, at the Morgan Fountain in Shockoe Slip in Downtown.

Let the fun shine

A blast from the past ignited Richmond’s East End last weekend during theArmstrong-Walker Football Classic Legacy Project festivities.

Personality: Greta J. Randolph

For 40 years, the Maggie L. Walker and Armstrong high schools competed in football games where the students’ competitive spirit was only matched by the camaraderie and community spirit that the classes and their respective schools brought to Richmond.

Candlelight Festival returns to UR

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Richmond’s annual “Candlelight Festival of Lessons and Carols” will return for its 49th year to ring in the Christmas holiday season.

‘Clash of the Cones’ Kamara is VCU’s graduation speaker

Virginia Commonwealth University graduate Rabia Kamara will deliver the fall commencement speech at her alma mater 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec.10, at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.

Personality: Haley M. McLaren

By leading one of the oldest artist-run galleries in the nation, Haley M. McLaren is helping to illuminate Richmond’s independent art scene.

‘Black Panther’ sequel scores 2nd biggest debut of 2022

The Marvel “Black Panther” sequel earned $180 million in ticket sales from more than 4,396 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, according to estimates from The Walt Disney Co. on Sunday, making it the second biggest opening of the year ...

Artist Paul Rucker awarded $2M from the Mellon Foundation and Art for Justice Fund

The Mellon Foundation and Art for Justice Fund have awarded multimedia visual artist, composer and musician Paul Rucker $2 million to create Cary Forward — a multidisciplinary arts space, interpretive center, artist/re- searcher residency and archival lending library, according to ...

Beyoncé ties Grammy record after leading nominations with 9

Beyoncé has propelled herself into the highest Grammy echelon: The star singer claimed a leading nine nominations Tuesday, making her tied — with her husband Jay-Z — as the most nominated music act in the history of the awards show.

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