Arthur Ashe Blvd.

We applaud the Richmond City Council for voting earlier this week to rename the Boulevard in honor of Richmond native and tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr.

Northam, Fairfax and next steps

The controversy swamping Virginia’s top three executives continues, with Gov. Ralph S. Northam refusing to resign in the wake of his 1984 medical school yearbook photos and blackface scandal; Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax standing accused by a second woman ...

Surprised, no. Sickened, yes.

Is it white privilege, white hubris or just plain arrogance that keeps Gov. Ralph S. Northam in office well after most reasonable Virginians — and people across the nation — believe it is time for him to exit?

Mayor Stoney at midterm

Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s victories and foibles are up for public review and discussion this week as he offers the annual State of the City address on Jan. 31.

The ‘authentic King’

The Rev. Bernice A. King is the youngest daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and echoes the passion and promise he voiced for America.

The authentic King

The Rev. Bernice A. King is the youngest daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and echoes the passion and promise he voiced for America.

True Hero

We hope our readers will pause within the coming days to reflect on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an authentic advocate for human rights, justice and peace. His work on behalf of African-Americans, the poor, everyday workers, ...

27 years young

The Richmond Free Press turned 27 this week. We are proud to highlight this accomplishment as we remain one of the few independent newspapers still publishing in Virginia.


The Virginia General Assembly began its 2019 session this week, and last week, the 116th Congress got underway. As both legislative bodies get busy doing the work of the people, we feel a sense of hope and encouragement.

The clear difference

As we enter a new year, we look for positive messages of uplift to inspire and motivate us for the days to come. While many recommend we shed the past, we found a distinctive voice from the past urging us ...

New Year's message

New Year's message

Christmas 2018

Happy Holidays!

Richmond Coliseum redux

The more we learn about the proposed Coliseum development in Downtown, the more we don’t like it. We are skeptical about the figures and arguments trotted out to convince City Council and Richmond residents to support the $1.4 billion plan.

The Bush legacy

We believe that one’s life is like a scorecard or balance sheet — filled with both positives and negatives. And when one dies, others (perhaps even God) will look at the ledger and add up both sides.

Teaching while black

We have read with disgust report after report from around the nation of incidents of white people calling the cops on African-Americans who are engaged in nothing more than the normal activities of daily living — barbecuing while black, going ...