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Down Home Family Reunion Saturday at Abner Clay Park

Motown tunes and African and Caribbean rhythms will highlight the 28th Annual Down Home Family Reunion this weekend. The free celebration of African-American folk life and culture will take place 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Abner Clay ...

Discounts available after Sunday storm cancels Richmond Jazz Festival

JMI is offering a discount on the purchase of general admission tickets for the 2019 Richmond Jazz Festival after an early evening thunderstorm caused the festival to be canceled last Sunday.

Richmond Chapter of The Drifters Inc. host national convention

Women from around the country converged on Richmond this week for the 62nd National Convention of The Drifters Inc., a national women’s civic and service organization started in 1954 that now has more than 600 members in 35 chapters in ...

AFROFEST, a festival of African culture, Saturday at Pine Camp

An estimated 3,500 people from at least 19 African countries now call the Richmond area home. They want to raise awareness of the cultural richness they are adding to the community.

RVA Soul House Fest Saturday at St. Joseph’s Villa

Three independent disc jockeys will host their third annual community party from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at St. Joseph’s Villa, 8000 Brook Road.

French president promises quick return of stolen African relics

French President Emmanuel Macron has called the return of African relics to their origin “a top priority” of his administration.

Annie Giles Day called off

Saturday was supposed to be Annie Giles Day in Whitcomb Court. ... But the Aug. 4 event that organizers called “a day of love” will not be held. Nor are their plans to hold it in the fall.

Hair straightening products contain potentially toxic mix

Hair products used primarily by African-American women and children contain a host of hazardous chemicals, a new study shows.

Black History Museum hosts Aug. 4 talk on free blacks in Richmond and Petersburg

Historical researcher, author and curator Elvatrice Belsches will talk about the lives and travails of free African-Americans in Richmond and Petersburg during a presentation at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, ...

Smithfield Foods closing last smokehouse

Smithfield Foods is closing the last smokehouse that creates the genuine Smithfield ham ­— the signature product of a Virginia town of 8,300 people.

Maggie Walker birthday celebrations draw intimate crowds a year after statue dedication

More than a hundred people took to the cobblestone streets of Jackson Ward last Saturday to celebrate the life and accomplishments of the late Richmond businesswoman and icon Maggie L. Walker.

Brookland Park Community Celebration

The Brookland Park Community Celebration returns this weekend.

‘The Mere Distinction of Colour,’ Montpelier exhibition, honored

The historic home of President James Madison is winning national recognition for telling the story of enslaved people who once lived at the Orange County property.

Christmas in July: Boat parade Saturday on James

A flotilla of lighted boats will parade down the James River this weekend.

Maggie Walker birthday celebrations set for Saturday

The National Park Service and the City of Richmond are hosting celebrations Saturday, July 14, honoring the 154th birthday of Richmond icon and businesswoman Maggie L. Walker.

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