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Events to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the nation’s “drum major for justice,” will be celebrated in person, virtually and on television during the annual national holiday Monday, Jan. 17.

Trailblazing actor Sidney Poitier changed movies and lives

We go to movies not just to escape, but to discover. We might identify with the cowboy or the runaway bride or the kid who befriends a creature from another planet.

2021 Year in Photos

The year 2021 was a tug of war between the life changes precipitated by the COVID-19-related shutdowns of 2020 and efforts to return to a pre-COVID way of life.

An honest accounting

Richmond novelist Ellen Glasgow gained fame for her realistic depictions of women, their relationships and their efforts to gain indepen- dence in a male-dominated world.

Former London Fashion Week designer pivots with success after being wrongly imprisoned in UK

From the pinnacles of the fashion world to a wrongful stint in prison and back, Elle B. Mambetov’s extraordinary personal journey has helped her emerge as a unique voice in the world of luxury fashion.

VSU grad combines degree and love of animals to open North Side pet bath and spa

Michelle Millett and her mother, Arlene Young, are making it easier for pet parents to give their fur babies a bath.

Capital City Kwanzaa Festival canceled because of COVID-19

The Richmond area’s largest Kwanzaa festival will not take place as planned on Thursday, Dec. 30.

Cherished Holiday Memories 2021

Holiday memories are created by family — whether it is the family we’re born into or the family we create through church, work or social interactions.

Dr. Harvey to VSU graduates: ‘Let’s get on with it’

“We believe that the sun rises and shines on you, and we believe that there is nothing, nothing, nothing that you can’t do.”

Creator of Kwanzaa to speak at 32nd Annual Capital City Kwanzaa Festival Dec. 30

Dr. Maulana Karenga was just 24 when he launched the Kwanzaa holiday in 1966 to enable Black communities in this country and worldwide to celebrate their African heritage.

Unity of Richmond to host Kwanzaa service Dec. 26

A West End Richmond worship center will help launch the local celebration of Kwanzaa on Sunday, Dec. 26, the start of the seven-day holiday that runs through New Year’s Day.

Pharrell to NSU grads: ‘You have the ability to create the city, life that you deserve’

NORFOLK Grammy Award-winning musician Pharrell Williams told the newest graduates of Norfolk State University on Saturday to act like “the emerging majority” and help develop the area’s businesses and culture.

Miss America to VCU graduates: ‘You are stronger, you are wiser … as a result of the challenges you have faced’

The sound of trumpets, horns and drums filled Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center last Saturday morning as the university held its fall 2021 commencement ceremony.

Pulitzer winner Michael Paul Williams to speak at VUU scholarship event

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Virginia Union University alumnus Michael Paul Williams will speak at the annual VUU National Alumni Association Scholarship and Awards Luncheon hosted by the John W. Barco Alumni Chapter 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11.

French honor for Josephine Baker stirs conflict over racism

On the surface, it’s a powerful message against racism: A Black woman will, for the first time, join other luminaries interred in France’s Pantheon. But by choosing a U.S.-born figure/entertainer Josephine Baker—critics say France is continuing a long tradition of ...

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