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‘Know who you are rolling with,’ VSU graduates are told

Virginia State University graduates were told in no uncertain terms during commencement last Saturday to “Get Out.” These words came from a fired up Jeff Johnson, a media and messaging strategist who delivered the keynote address at the ceremony held ...

‘We all fail. The key is what you do that next day,’ Gov. McAuliffe tells VUU grads

Gov. Terry McAuliffe stressed the importance of taking chances and embracing setbacks as he addressed Virginia Union University’s Class of 2017 during commencement on Saturday.

‘People just want to be listened to,’ Sen. Kaine tells VCU grads

The graduating class of Virginia Commonwealth University received a message aimed at the head as well as the heart during Saturday’s commencement exercises.

‘Cause other people to want to learn,’ Hampton U grads told

Love learning, help others and do your best.

Virginia Beach woman wins Miss USA crown, stirs controversy

Miss District of Columbia USA Kara McCullough was named Miss USA 2017 during the annual pageant held Sunday in Las Vegas. Little did the 25-year-old scientist from Virginia Beach know that after triumphing over 50 other contestants, her crown would ...

BET co-founder tells grads they’re part of a redefining

Entrepreneur, philanthropist and BET co-founder Sheila C. Johnson lauded University of Richmond graduates for contributing to an era of reshaping.

Richmond NAACP to host membership meet-and-greet

The Richmond Branch NAACP is seeking to pump up its membership as it marks a century of civil rights work in the city. The branch has scheduled a meet-and-greet next week for people interested in joining.

20th annual Asian-American celebration set for May 20

The culture and heritage of 16 nations will be on display in Richmond at the 20th Annual Asian-American Celebration. The free event, featuring food, music and dancing, will take place 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the ...

Commencement season begins at area colleges, universities

The time of cramming for final exams, pulling all-nighters to finish papers and rushing to complete presentations and projects is over.

Moonlight, Rudolph and Black Lives Matter: Poet Nikki Giovanni takes on range of subjects at VUU talk

The Black Lives Matter movement is benefiting white women, the movie “Moonlight” was a showcase of crazy, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a story that has a not-so-sweet, enduring side to it.

RVA East End Festival set for Friday, Saturday at Chimborazo

RVA East End Festival, a two-day celebration featuring the art and musical talents of public school students in Richmond’s East End, will be held Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, at Chimborazo Park, 3201 E. Broad St.

Power couple to give free dance lessons at Black History Museum

Kym and Kyle Grinnage are out to revive The Hustle, a once popular dance style that faded after the 1970s. On Friday night, the Richmond couple will teach the basics of the dance without charge at 6:30 p.m. May 5 ...

Benefit May 6 for Earl Fleming

“A Night of Elegance” to benefit Earl Fleming, a well known Richmond makeup artist, drag performer and LGBTQ community advocate, will be held Saturday, May 6, at Liquid Studios, 9200 Stony Point Parkway in South Side.

State marker to note Highland Park history

For more than 50 years, Highland Park has been a predominately African-American neighborhood. But this weekend, memories of an earlier era will be revived when a new history marker is unveiled at Ann Hardy Plaza, 3301 Carolina Ave.

Pine Camp exhibit to feature art with recycled material

Local artists using recycled materials in their work will be featured this month during an exhibit, “Discarded: Recycled Items as Art,” at Pine Camp Arts and Community Center in Richmond. A reception to meet the artists will be held from ...