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City to host 3-day celebration honoring Arthur Ashe Jr.

Three days of celebrating Arthur Ashe Jr. Next week, Richmond’s focus will be on honoring the late hometown tennis star and humanitarian.

Remembering Dads on Father’s Day

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16. It’s a day for letting dads, or the father figures in our lives, know how much we appreciate them by taking them out to eat and just kicking back and remembering the good times ...

‘Juneteenth: A Freedom Celebration’ set for this weekend

On June 19, 1865, U.S. Gen. Gordon Granger took control of Texas, the last major element of the defeated Confederacy, and immediately announced, “All slaves are free.” His words triggered celebrations.

63rd Festival of Arts opens this weekend at Dogwood Dell

Corey El, an up-and-coming local R&B, urban pop and soul singer, songwriter and music producer, will be among the headliners when the city-sponsored 63rd Festival of Arts at Dogwood Dell opens this weekend at the amphitheater in the Byrd Park.

Denzel receives AFI’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Denzel Washington was the man of the hour June 6 with everyone from Spike Lee to Julia Roberts turning out to celebrate him as this year’s recipient of the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award.

Friends of Battery Park to celebrate Mr. Ashe

It’s not on the official schedule, but Richmond’s Battery Park will be offering its own salute to the late Arthur Ashe Jr. next weekend, it has been announced.

VMFA opens new exhibit, hosts free family day Saturday

A new exhibit focusing on African-American art from the American South will open Saturday, June 8, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 Arthur Ashe Blvd., it has been announced.

Jennifer Hudson channels Aretha’s spirit in Pulitzer Prize honor for the Queen of Soul

With bad weather in Chicago on Memorial Day and her flight canceled, Jennifer Hudson worried at the thought of missing her performance at the Pulitzer Prize awards ceremony May 28 to pay tribute to honoree Aretha Franklin.

10th Annual Richmond Jazz and Music Festival at Maymont slated for Aug. 8-11

Jill Scott. Stanley Clarke. Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. Big Boi. Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective. Cameo. Ledisi. Those are just a few of the performers scheduled for the 10th Annual Richmond Jazz and Music Festival at Maymont.

Local talent to shine in “Minerva Times Change,” an original opera

“It’s a dream come true.” That’s how veteran Richmond actor, dancer and performer Keydron Dunn describes his first opportunity to sing opera.

RVA East End Festival June 8, 9 at Chimborazo Park

RVA East End Festival, a free, two-day celebration featuring the art and musical talents of public school students in Richmond’s East End, will be held Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9, at Chimborazo Park, 3201 E. Broad St.

VSU grads receive uplifting messages at 2 commencement ceremonies

State Sen. Jennifer L. McClellan literally returned home when she delivered the address at the first of two separate commencement exercises Sunday at Virginia State University.

VSU grads receive uplifting messages at 2 commencement ceremonies

“Everything that has happened in my life — everything that I have survived and everything that I have accomplished — prepared me for what I am doing now,” Congresswoman Lucy McBath of Georgia told an arena full of graduates, family ...

Boushall Middle School Choir wins

Jaheem Hewlett won the best soloist award in helping the Boushall Middle School Choir become middle school grand champion Saturday during the 2019 Musicale band and choir competition at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.

VUU graduates more than 300; receives $2.5M gift from alum

Virginia Union University celebrated milestones, legacies and the future during its 120th commencement last Saturday at Hovey Field on the North Side campus.

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