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Rap scores Grammy breakthrough while girl power rules awards show

“This is America,” Childish Gambino’s searing indictment of police brutality and racism, scored a breakthrough for rap on Sunday at the Grammy Awards by winning both record and song of the year and becoming the first hip-hop track to win ...

7 honored in 2019 Strong Men & Women in Virginia History program

Seven outstanding African-American leaders were celebrated during the seventh annual “Strong Men & Women in Virginia History” awards program Feb. 7 at a Downtown hotel.

Love Stories

The Free Press proudly presents its annual Valentine’s Day feature sharing the Love Stories of four Richmond area couples.

Bennett College meets fundraising goal

Bennett College, a historically black all-women’s college in North Carolina that was facing loss of accreditation and possible closure because of financial problems, has exceeded its $5 million fundraising goal.

Exclusive Blacklist Wine and Jazz Weekend starts Feb. 7

The Exclusive Blacklist Wine and Jazz Weekend returns for a four-day celebration of African-Americans in winemaking.

Richmond Association of Black Social Workers host annual Black Family Ritual Feb. 9

The Richmond Association of Black Social Workers is hosting Umoja Karamu, its annual Black Family Ritual from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Six Points Innovation Center, 3001 Meadowbridge Road in Highland Park.

Smollett back performing; talks about attack

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was blunt, emotional and defiantly determined last Saturday night at a Southern California concert some urged him not to play, telling the crowd before singing a note that he had to go on with the show ...

Gates produces 4-hour PBS documentary on Reconstruction

Historian Henry Louis “Skip” Gates can trace the roots of his upcoming PBS documentary about Reconstruction to his days in school, when he would hear about the end of slavery during the Civil War, then virtually nothing about race relations ...

Finding one’s self abroad

Born in Norfolk, and raised by a single mother, I felt a special responsibility to go to college but, at first, I failed at it — quite literally. But I turned my life around and see a pathway to success. ...

Beware of predatory tax refund loans, advances

Across the country, advertising — particularly on urban radio — tempts listeners with easy ways to get a loan against anticipated tax refunds. But just like other predatory lending products, what is advertised is not quite what consumers receive. Convenient ...

Black history Month calendar

From films to speakers to talent shows and panel workshops, area organizations, churches, schools and museums are holding a plethora of events in February to celebrate Black History Month.

Henrico author wins prestigious Newbery Medal

A Henrico County-based children’s book author is the 2019 winner of the prestigious John Newbery Medal.

400th Commemoration gives special designation to 37 state historical highway markers

Historical highway markers celebrating African-American history in Richmond and across the state are at the center of a new initiative aimed at encouraging people to learn about the people and places that shaped the state.

Johnson named executive director of BHM

Adele Johnson has been named executive director of the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia. Ms. Johnson has served in the position on an interim basis for more than a year. The full appointment became effective Jan. 1.

Richmond Environmental Film Festival kicks off Feb. 4

Call it a feast of 22 movies that will be shown at no charge with the goal of educating and raising awareness of environmental issues that are important to Richmond, the nation and the planet. That’s what the ninth edition ...

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