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Personality: Gabrielle E. Wilks

The 2020 Miss Black Virginia crown goes to Gabrielle E. Wilks.

Down Home Family Reunion this Saturday

Richmond native Jerome “Bigfoot” Brailey’s Funk Allstars is headlining the 29th Annual Down Home Family Reunion this weekend. The free event, hosted by the Elegba Folklore Society, will run from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Abner Clay ...

Personality: Ayana Obika

The city’s diversity and elegance will shine again with the third annual Le Diner en Blanc-Richmond, a chic, pop- up dinner where diners wear all white, bring their own white tables, chairs, tablecloths and dishes — no plastic or paper ...

3-day Valuing Black Lives Global Summit slated for Aug. 20-22 at VUU

The 2019 Valuing Black Lives Global Summit, a three-day event designed to pro- vide psychological and emotional healing for African-Americans because of the legacy of slavery, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 20, through Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Claude G. ...

New Virginia Majority to host People's Congress 2019 on Saturday

The New Virginia Majority is hosting its fifth annual People’s Congress to discuss issues and strategize for progressive policies in 2019 and 2020.

Personality: Kennedi Scales

An unexpected email brought a surprise, hope and support for one of many Virginia college students. Kennedi Scales is among 52 state students awarded a $1,000 book scholarship for the upcoming school year.

REAL LIFE opens women's home for recovering addicts released from jail

Three single women now have a stable place to stay as they continue their recovery from the addictions that sent them to jail and left them homeless. The women are the first tenants of a group home opened this week ...

Foundations buy Ebony and JET photo archives for preservation at Smithsonian

The sale of the photo archive of Ebony and JET magazines chronicling African-American history is generating relief among some who worried the historic images may be lost.

Personality: Monica L. Ball

Monica Ball saw a community that was underserved. She worked for years to offer a solution. That’s the origin behind her founding RVA Community Fun Day, a free festival that seeks to mix entertainment and education while fostering a sense ...

Students fight the ‘summer slide’ with YMCA’s Power Scholars Academy

The excitement was tangible as more than 40 students from Richmond’s Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School, all wearing identical gray T-shirts, entered the Science Museum of Virginia’s cavernous lobby with its shiny marble floor and 50-foot ceilings as sunlight from big ...

Elvatrice Belsches to speak on the free African-American experience before end of Civil War

Public historian Elvatrice Belsches will talk about the experience of free African-Americans in Richmond and Petersburg before the end of the Civil War at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Richmond Public Library’s Main Branch, 101 E. Franklin St.

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church to host 11th Annual Jazz & Food Festival Aug. 3

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church is hosting its annual Jazz & Food Festival on Saturday, Aug. 3, in the park beside the Highland Park church, 2712 2nd Ave.

VMFA recruiting tour guides

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is accepting applications for tour guides to take visitors through its permanent collection and special exhibitions.

Richmond Public Library’s main branch goes through overhaul in way space is used

“We’re shaking off the dust,” said Scott Firestine, director of the Richmond Public Library. That’s his description of the changes sweeping through the Main Library in Downtown.

State NAACP hosting Prostate Cancer Summit on Saturday

The Virginia State Conference NAACP and Quioccasin Baptist Church are collaborating this weekend on a Men’s Health Conference: Prostate Cancer Summit to provide information about prostate cancer risks, detection and treatment options.

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