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Former NASA ‘hidden figure’ advises students to chart own course

Christine Darden was a student at Hampton University when she learned to chart her own path. She and her classmates would visit the school’s cafeteria together, and she decided that she needed to learn to go on her own.

‘Moonlight’ wins Best Picture despite major flub at 89th Academy Awards ceremony

And the Oscar for Best Picture goes to … “La La Land.

Presentation on African-American women trailblazers Saturday at Main Library Downtown

Historian Elvatrice Belsches will talk about the lives of four trailblazing African-American women 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4, in the auditorium of the Richmond Public Library’s Main Branch, 101 E. Franklin St. in Downtown.

Rihanna named Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year

Rihanna has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year. The Grammy Award-winning singer received the Harvard Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Minority teachers, students facing same challenges of Jim Crow South

Unequal pay for teachers of color, poor quality education for African-American students, neglecting African-American history in school curricula and political activism as a means to improve education were among the major issues for African-Americans prior to the landmark 1954 U.S. ...

Book expo Feb. 26 at Elegba Folklore Society

Authors of adult and children’s books will be featured speakers at the Black History Book Exposition to be held 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Elegba Folklore Society, 101 E. Broad St. in Downtown, it has been ...

3 area students receive scholarships from Pi Lambda Theta

Three Richmond area high school seniors with dreams of becoming teachers received scholarships last Saturday at the annual Masquerade Gala benefit dinner-dance of the Virginia Area Chapter of Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education.

Oprah Winfrey to join ‘60 Minutes’

Oprah Winfrey has been named a “special contributor” to CBS News’ “60 Minutes.” Ms. Winfrey will bring occasional reports to the Sunday night television news magazine starting this fall, when it begins its 50th season on the air.

Adele, Beyoncé sparkle at Grammy Awards

Singer-songwriter Adele flubbed on a tribute Sunday night to the late George Michael at the 59th Grammy Music Awards, but she still walked away as the belle of the televised awards program. The London-born singer took home five awards Sunday ...

3-day Teachers of Color Summit begins Feb.16 Downtown

The disparity between the number of students of color attending public schools and the number of teachers of color educating them motivated the Virginia Education Association to host the first Teachers of Color Summit this weekend at a Downtown hotel.

Delta’s rescheduled Founders Day program Feb. 18

Postponed by snow in January, Central Virginia and Tidewater Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will celebrate Founders Day at noon Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Downtown.

Love stories

Reggie Gordon and Rashida Gray

Local director adds ‘punch’ to Richmond film festival

“The Last Punch,” a feature film by Emmy Award-winning director and Richmond native Jesse Vaughan, will open the Richmond International Film Festival at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Byrd Theater in Carytown.

Free showing of documentary ‘Liberty & Slavery’ Feb. 16

A public showing of the documentary “Liberty & Slavery” will be presented 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Virginia Historical Society, it has been announced. The screening is part of VHS’ 4th Annual Created Equal Film Series in honor ...

Author Bert Ashe to speak at Chesterfield County library

Bert Ashe, author of “Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles” and a finalist for the Library of Virginia’s annual literary award for nonfiction, will discuss his book 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the LaPrade Branch of the Chesterfield County Public Library, ...