17th Street Farmers’ Market

Who should Richmond residents see about a partial refund of the $3.6 million in taxpayers’ dollars spent on what was supposed to be a rehab of the 17th Street Farmers’ Market?

The ghosts of truth

The allegations of sexual assault lodged against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax seem to follow him like unwelcomed ghosts. The latest appearance of these apparitions arose earlier this week in television interviews with Oprah’s bestie, Gayle King, that were ...

The Mueller report

Make no mistake: In no way has President Trump been vindicated by the Mueller report — at least not according to the scant, four-page letter released Sunday by U.S. Attorney General William Barr that allegedly outlines the conclusions of the ...

Speak truth to power

Last week, you signed a bill sponsored by Virginia Legislative Black Caucus chairman Delegate Lamont Bagby of Henrico to create a state African-American Advisory Board. According to the legislation, House Bill 2767, this 21-member board composed of citizen members — ...


Congratulations to the Virginia Union University Lady Panthers and the Virginia State University Trojans men’s basketball teams!

Parity and equity

Several searing events during the past two weeks have again raised serious questions about the lack of parity and equity in this nation.

The only plan on the table

Mayor Levar M. Stoney has presented what he calls a “bold” new budget to Richmond City Council that goes all in for greater investment in public schools and road and street improvements.

‘Something in the Water’

Planning to attend “Something in the Water,” the three-day music festival in late April spearheaded by Pharrell Williams in Virginia Beach? According to the latest reports, the cheapest tickets are sold out, along with most of the hotel rooms on ...

Herring and blackface

We listened to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s radio interview Monday on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU in Washington.

A word to the wise

We are disappointed and feel duped by Richmond Schools.

New History and Culture Commission

We were interested to see the list of appointees on Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s new History and Culture Commission that was released this week. It has been charged with advising the mayor and the city on creating more “equitable spaces ...

The price of reconciliation

Out of crisis comes opportunity. And the blackface scandal that has thrown Virginia into chaos during the last month is no exception. But while Gov. Ralph S. Northam selfishly is determined to hang on to his seat rather than do ...

Happy anniversary, Mr. Kamras

The honeymoon is over for Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras.

Today’s last word from Richard Wright

We thank Richmond Free Press reader Rosalyn A. Brackett for sharing the words of author Richard Wright published in his 1945 memoir, “Black Boy.”

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.