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VCU grads urged to turn adversity into strength

This year’s graduates of Virginia Commonwealth University have redefined the American dream, university President Michael Rao told a packed audience in opening VCU’s commencement ceremony last Saturday.

Black History Museum to host documentary screening May 17

A documentary on the mass shooting at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., will be screened in Richmond, followed by a community conversation with a daughter of one of the victims.

Virginia Children’s Festival May 18

Arts, crafts, storytelling and other activities will highlight the Virginia Children’s Festival from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the historic African Burial Ground, 15th and Broad streets, it has been announced.

Maggie Walker Governor’s School mural to be unveiled Saturday

The Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School will unveil and celebrate new murals paying tribute to the school’s namesake with a public ceremony noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the school, 1000 N. Lombardy St.

In what unique way did your mother show you she loved you?

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12. It’s a day for pampering mom with flowers and gifts and taking her to dinner to show her how much we love and appreciate her for all she has done for us.

‘Something in the Water’

“Something in the Water,” the weekend music festival in Virginia Beach pioneered by that city’s own nationally known singer and songwriter Pharrell Williams, drew more than 50,000 happy people to the oceanfront for the first-of-its-kind event in Hampton Roads.

Local designer ties down sneaker line

Sneakers have gone from the basketball court to the lifestyle of the rich and famous. Forget paying $75 to $130 for a pair bearing Michael Jordan’s name. Think, instead, of shelling out $500 to $1,200 for a pair of sneakers ...

HU Marching Force invited to 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Forget the floats and the cartoon character balloons. The Hampton University Marching Force will perform in the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The surprise announcement was made Monday to an excited group of student band members on the waterfront campus.

2019 commencement speakers announced

It’s graduation season for Virginia’s colleges and universities. This is a time for inspiring commencement speeches, proud parents and cheering graduates. Politicians, celebrities and outstanding students are scheduled as speakers to motivate the Class of 2019.

Tim Reid to debut new clothing line

Actor, director and film producer Tim Reid is expanding into fashion design. The talented Norfolk native and Richmond resident will feature a limited look at his men’s clothing collection at the 4th Annual Legacy Media Institute Spring Fashion Showcase 5 ...

The end of Easter on Parade?

Sunday might have been the final edition of Easter on Parade — at least as an organized event. Thousands of people turned out to stroll along four blocks of Monument Avenue on Easter afternoon, some in holiday finery and others ...

Ezibu Muntu to host 4th annual fundraising gala May 4

Richmond’s longest running African dance company is shortening its name as it prepares to mark its 46th year with its fourth annual fundraising dinner-dance on Saturday, May 4, it has been announced.

Fitness Warriors application deadline May 4

Applications are being accepted through May 4 for the eighth class of Fitness Warriors, a program designed to train group fitness instructors who will then lead free weekly fitness courses in the community.

48th Annual Arts in the Park next weekend

Richmond’s 48th Annual “Arts in the Park” arts and craft show will be held next weekend at the Carillon in Byrd Park. More than 450 artists will feature their work at the event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, ...

VUU hosts ‘Jazz on the Lawn Concert’ April 27

Virginia Union University is hosting a “Jazz on the Lawn Concert” at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27, on the lawn by the Belgian Building on the campus, 1500 N. Lombardy St.