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SNAP benefits now can be used for online grocery shopping

Food stamps now can be used to buy groceries online in Richmond and across the state.

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What’s all the Hoopla?

Richmond Public Library doubles its digital offerings

The Richmond Public Library just doubled its offerings of books, music, movies, TV shows, video games and other items, and it didn’t have to buy anything.

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‘A Mad Hatter’s Party’

Colorful, creatively decorated hats fill the banquet room at a Downtown hotel for The Mad Hatter’s Party. The event, held Dec. 6, was organized by the Richmond Chapter of The Links, which invited other Richmond area Links chapters to join in the Fifth Annual Friendship Tea.

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Let your spending reflect your values

The buildup began right after Halloween, when the newspapers got thicker, the advertising inserts longer and emails touting shopping bargains coming more frequently.

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Documentary on restaurateur ‘The Hail-Storm: John Dabney in Virginia,’ on Nov. 2

African-American 19th century restaurateur John Dabney is being celebrated in a documentary. Field Studio will premiere “The Hail-Storm: John Dabney in Virginia” at the John Dabney Dinner, part of the Fire, Flour & Fork food festival, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2.

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First Baptist Chesterfield project lacks black participation

First Baptist Church of South Richmond has poured nearly $6 million into buying land and developing its long-planned satellite sanctuary in Chesterfield County.

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Black artists alliance to hold benefit online auction for COVID-19 relief

Members of the Black American Artists Alliance of Richmond are holding an online art auction from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 6, to benefit CultureWorks’ COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund.

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Black vendors hoping for bigger score at NFL camp

The owners of Big Herm’s Kitchen and Croaker’s Spot — two popular local black-owned eateries — hope fans will bring a hardier appetite to the Washington professional football team’s training camp than they did to last year’s.

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“Santa with Soul” at Black History Museum

“Santa with Soul” is bringing his magical cheer to the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia this weekend.

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VCU on the rise

Virginia Commonwealth University’s offensive efficiency is on the rise under first-year basketball Coach Will Wade. The Rams are shooting better and scoring more than during former Coach Shaka Smart’s sparkling six-year run (180-65 record, five NCAAs).

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Huguenot Falcons hope to boost wins under new coach Jared Taylor

Huguenot High School has improved the number of victories its team has secured on the girdiron each of the past three seasons.

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City loses last independent, black-owned radio station

WCLM-1450 AM, the last independent, African-American-owned radio station in Richmond, is off the air after 21 years.

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What drives black consumer spending? Nielsen thinks it knows

African-American consumers want more for themselves and from corporate America, and they express it with their dollars as they move through the consumer journey from brand awareness to purchase, according to Nielsen’s 2019 Diverse Intelligence Series Report on African-Americans.

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DMV mobile service center to be outside City Hall on Sept. 7

The state Department of Motor Vehicles will operate its mobile customer service center outside Richmond City Hall, 900 E. Broad St. in Downtown, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7.

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Buying black then and now

The advent of initiatives throughout this country to “Buy Black” and “Bank Black” can be traced to the early 1900s during which time campaigns similar to today’s efforts were established.  Slogans such as “Double-Duty Dollars,” “Don’t shop where you can’t work” and efforts such as Black Cooperatives cropped up as a result of our forebears understanding and being willing to act upon the fact that their dollars mattered.

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Public meeting March 1 on Henrico schools superintendent search

The public will have an opportunity to tell Henrico officials what they want to see in a new Henrico schools superintendent at a meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, 6900 Wilkinson Road.

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Crab Feast & Fish Fry fundraiser Saturday for Peter Paul Development Center

The Men of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will hold their annual benefit Crab Feast & Fish Fry 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Peter Paul Development Center, 1708 N. 22nd St. in the East End.

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Small nonprofit makes big impact on lives, health of people

Josselyn Aguirre-Cabrera went to see a doctor about her nagging headaches and learned she had diabetes.

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Richmond Environmental Film Festival kicks off Feb. 4

Call it a feast of 22 movies that will be shown at no charge with the goal of educating and raising awareness of environmental issues that are important to Richmond, the nation and the planet. That’s what the ninth edition of the Richmond Environmental Film Festival will be offering the public from Monday, Feb. 4, through Saturday, Feb. 16.

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Stanton slugging it all the way to the bank

Giancarlo Stanton is Major League Baseball’s top slugger. He also claims No. 1 status going to the bank. The Miami Marlins’ mountainous right fielder had 57 home runs through Saturday, Sept. 23, and was bidding to be just the sixth man in history to enter the exclusive club of players with 60 or more home runs in a single season.