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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.

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.

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 ...

Downtown illumination Dec. 4 to kick off the holiday

Downtown will light up for the holidays with the annual RVA Illuminates celebration this Friday, Dec. 4.

Harvard elects first Black male student body leader

A 20-year-old from Mississippi has be- come the first Black man elected student body president at Harvard.

Richmond family grateful through Thanksgiving changes

Thanksgiving 2020 will be very different for the Shaw family, like many others across the Commonwealth and the nation.

President Obama’s memoir off to record-setting sales start

Former President Barack Obama’s memoir, “A Promised Land” sold nearly 890,000 copies in the United States and Canada in its first 24 hours, putting it on track to be the best selling presidential memoir in modern history.

Malcolm X bio wins National Book Award

Tamara Payne and her late father Les Payne’s Malcolm X biography, “The Dead Are Arising,” has won the National Book Award for nonfiction.

Ken Jennings to be first interim host on ‘Jeopardy!’

“Jeopardy!” record-holder Ken Jennings will be the first in a series of interim hosts replacing Alex Trebek when the show resumes production next week.

Singer Bobby Brown’s son found dead at L.A. home

Bobby Brown Jr., the son of singer Bobby Brown, was found dead at a Los Angeles home Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. He was 28.

Daphne Maxwell Reid rejoins cast for ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ reunion

Actress Daphne Maxwell Reid recently joined the cast of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” for a reunion show airing this week, 30 years after the popular TV sitcom premiered in 1990.