Foremost wishes for 2021

With the start of 2021, the Richmond Free Press invited select city and state officials and leaders to share their foremost wishes for the new year. Following are their responses.

Personality: Kenda Sutton-EL

Kenda Sutton-EL knows that all births aren’t equal in Virginia.

Cherished Holiday Memories 2020

The holidays bring their own flood of memories — the joyful and the bittersweet.

Capital City Kwanzaa festival to go virtual beginning Dec. 26

Like many other holiday events, the Richmond area’s largest Kwanzaa festival is going virtual and also will provide evening shows online during the full seven days of the holiday that begins Saturday, Dec. 26, it has been announced.

Area historian awarded $10,000 grant for documentary on Virginia Randolph

Historian Elvatrice Belsches’ 20-year dream to make a documentary about noted educator Virginia E. Randolph is getting an initial boost with a $10,000 grant from Virginia Humanities to support the research and development of a script.

Rashida Jones named first African-American to lead cable news network

MSNBC has named Rashida Jones the first Black person and Black woman president of the network.

Personality: Pamela B. Smith

Pamela B. Smith was first inspired to join the Richmond Metropolitan Chapter of The Charmettes 25 years ago.

Chesterfield teen receives $10,000 grant to kick-start home-school academy

Watching her younger brother struggle as he started high school through a home-school program, Nasiyah Isra-Ul went online to try to find resources to help.

Saving ourselves

“It is up to Black people to save Black people,” noted at- torney Benjamin J. Crump told graduates during Virginia State University’s 2020 virtual commencement exercises held online last Saturday.

VCU student delivers main speech at winter commencement

Creativity and a willingness to adapt are paramount.

Mothers Club comes to an end after 66 years

After 66 years of donating to charities, helping individuals and organizations in the Richmond community and building a strong bond of friendship among their members and children, The Mothers Club has disbanded.

Personality: Kevin Holder

Six years after Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was created at Howard University, a new chapter was established in Richmond in the summer of 1920.

Henrico man’s gardening passion grows YouTube followers

Randy Battle has a passion for gardening. Now he’s sharing that passion with a worldwide audience.

Colorado young scientist and app creator named Kid of the Year

A 15-year-old Colorado high school student and young scientist who has used artificial intel- ligence and created apps to tackle contaminated drinking water, cyberbullying, opioid addiction and other social problems has been named TIME magazine’s and Nickelodeon’s first Kid of ...

Personality: Floyd Lee Brown Jr.

Nothing can stop Soul Santa, not even COVID-19.