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Louis Gossett Jr., the first Black man to win a supporting actor Oscar, dies at age 87

Louis Gossett Jr., the first Black man to win a supporting actor Oscar and an Emmy winner for his role in the seminal TV miniseries “Roots,” has died. He was 87.

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Student brings loaded gun to elementary school, police say

The Richmond Police Department announced a student brought a loaded gun to Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School on Tuesday, following reports of a gun on school property.

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AMC Theatres issues apology, talks with Barber, will meet next week in Greenville after he was forced to leave over chair

AMC Theatres has issued a statement of apology and will meet with Bishop William J. Barber II after he was escorted out of its Greenville theater when he was not allowed to use his own chair to watch a movie, according to WNCT 9 television in Greenville, N.C.

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UR presents African Film Weekend

Mati Diop was initially disappointed when she, by reading a news article, discovered that she was the first Black female filmmaker in the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious competi- tion in its 72-year history.

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Master gardeners to celebrate pollinators at June events

The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension and Henrico County Master Gardeners will offer activities and events throughout June to celebrate pollinators and promote the vital role they play in healthy ecosystems.

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Michael Jordan’s ‘Last Dance’ shoes sold for millions

Sotheby’s auction house announced April 11 that a pair of Air Jordans worn by Michael Jordan during his final championship run with the Chicago Bulls has sold at auction for $2.2 million, surpassing the record for the most valuable sneakers ever sold, reports CBS News.

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Civil rights leader John Lewis to be featured on postage stamp

Civil rights giant and former U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who spent decades fighting for racial justice, will be honored with a postage stamp in 2023. The U.S. Postal Service recently announced that the John Lewis stamp “celebrates the life and legacy” of the leader from Georgia, who risked his life protesting against segregation and other injustices in the violent Jim Crow-era South.

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Byron Allen buys $100 million home

Media mogul ByronAllen just became the first African-American to pay $100 million for a home in the United States.

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UR removes name of former slaveholder from law school

Thomas C. Williams’ name has been removed from the University of Richmond’s school of law, following a vote by the university’s board of trustees last week and as part of a larger effort to disassociate the legacy of slavery and racism from the campus.

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Petersburg policeman found not guilty in tasing incident

A Petersburg Police officer was acquitted on Aug. 4 of misdemeanor assault charges for using a taser twice last October on a resident who allegedly walked around the city openly carrying firearms.

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