Philanthropy steps up during the COVID-19 crisis

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has created a statewide and global health and economic crisis that is testing the fabric of people and communities and area charities as needs expand.

President Obama inspires Class of 2020, adroitly criticizes current leaders for mishandling pandemic crisis

Hours after former President Obama delivered two measured and inspiring na- tional commencement speeches to the Class of 2020 college and high school graduates last Saturday, social media lit up with comments of “Great speech, Mr. Obama. We miss you!” ...

Princeton senior is first black valedictorian in university’s history

Nicholas Johnson is making history and making his family proud.

'Architect of rock 'n' roll,' Little Richard, dies at 87

Little Richard, the self-proclaimed “architect of rock ‘n’ roll” who built his groundbreaking sound with a boiling blend of boogie woogie, rhythm and blues and gospel, died Saturday, May 9, 2020, at the age of 87.

Grammy-winning singer Betty Wright succumbs at 66

Betty Wright, the Grammy-winning singer and songwriter whose influential 1970s hits included “Clean Up Woman” and “Where Is the Love,” is dead at age 66.

Andre Harrell, who founded Uptown Records and launched many careers, dies at 5

Andre Harrell, the Uptown Records founder who shaped the sound of hip-hop and R&B in the late 1980s and 1990s with acts such as Mary J. Blige and Heavy D and also launched the career of mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, ...

Pandemic can't stop nuptials for area newlyweds

When the coronavirus pandemic threatened to disrupt the wedding plans of Dr. Janet West and Rodney Jordan, love proved too strong – even during a time of social distancing and rules preventing no more than 10 people in one place ...

Area colleges spring for virtual commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020

Marchelle Williams has worked hard as a graduate student for the past two years in Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social Work. The 25-year-old Fredericksburg native was looking forward to that traditional special moment capping her latest achievement – walking ...

African-Americans claim several prestigious Pulitzer Prizes

People of color and stories about people of color dominated this year’s Pulitzer Prize awards announced Monday that recognize achievements in 15 journalism and seven arts and letters categories.

Oprah to keynote #Graduation 2020

Just when high school and college seniors across the country were starting to think all was lost for their graduation ceremonies canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the richest and most influential women in the nation comes to ...

Noted reggae musician Drummie Zeb returns to his Richmond roots

Inspired by the vibrations from the marching bands at the Richmond Christmas Parade, 10-year-old Ernest Myron Williams begged his mother for a set of drums. She scrimped and saved to provide one.

UR president to present Facebook Live performance

Move over Andrea Bocelli and John Legend. University of Richmond President Ronald A. Crutcher is sharing his music with the world as well.

Community spirit

The coronavirus pandemic may have slowed or closed some businesses, but it hasn’t dampened the community spirit of merchants in the 300 block of North 2nd Street in Jackson Ward.

Kym Grinnage, seven others inducted into Virginia Communications Hall of Fame

Kym Grinnage, vice president and general manager of WWBT-TV NBC12, is among eight media professionals inducted March 26 into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame.

Visit museums, gardens and historical sites in Richmond and the world online

Richmond area museums are offering on- line activities, virtual tours and resources to youngsters and families as schools are out for the rest of the academic year and museums and other public venues have been closed during the coronavirus pandemic.