Quincy Jones receives State Department’s first Peace Through Music Award

Quincy Jones, who once embarked on an international diplomatic tour with jazz great Dizzy Gillespie, will receive the U.S. Department of State’s inaugural Peace Through Music Award. A ceremony honoring the 28-time Grammy winning producer, musician and arranger will be ...

Lights and cameras

The 8th Afrikana Film Festival recently presented the premier of its first film production “Ninki Nanka” on Sept. 16. The film was written by revel denkyem, directed by LeRon Lee, and produced in partnership with Oakwood Arts and VPM.

Black voices and stories celebrated during Richmond’s recent Afrikana film festival

During the The 8th Annual Afrikana Film Festival Sept. 14-17 in Richmond, stories of Black and Brown people were told through a global lens with more than 50 films, several workshops, panel discussions and dining events.

Bringing people together one conversation at a time

StoryCorps’ One Small Step, a national effort pairing strangers with opposing political views to get to know each other through conversation, will record conversations at the Library of Virginia Oct. 2-6. The program seeks individuals in the Metro Richmond area ...

Richmond area events celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 each year to acknowledge the history and contributions of individuals with roots in Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean.

‘Walk Through Fire’

For four days and three nights in mid-August, Sheila Crump Johnson, cofounder of Black Entertainment Television and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, hosted hundreds of guests at her 340-acre Salamander Resort and Spa near Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

Richmond International Film Festival returns

Filmmaking and musical guests from around the world will be in Richmond for the 12th Annual Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF). The six-day festival will kick off on Tuesday, Sept. 26, with film premieres, live music performances, panel discussions and ...

Sacrifice for success

Willie Starlings, 50, became a sports parent when his son, Joel Starlings, played flag football as a 4-year-old at Hotchkiss Field Community Center in Richmond.

Ornithologist and wildlife ecologist J. Drew Lanham to address racism and the great outdoors

McArthur Fellow J. Drew Lanham, an ornithologist and wildlife ecology professor at Clemson University, will deliver VCU Libraries’ 2023 Social Justice Lecture to discuss “Coloring the Conservation Conversation.”

The renaissance wasn’t just a concert tour, by Errin Haines

We have just witnessed the Summer of the Black Woman.

Passing the ball

Milton S. Bell Jr., 53, began playing basketball at age 7 in the Randolph Community in Richmond’s West End where he grew up. At the time, he didn’t realize that basketball would lead to him becoming fluent in Spanish and ...

Gary Flowers takes his show national

Beginning this Sunday, radio listeners can tune in again to “The Gary Flowers Show.”

Filmmaker finds his passion while fighting for his life

Nile Price uncovered his passion for film from a hospital bed.

Middle Peninsula genealogy group to host virtual talk ‘Tracing Our Ancestors’

Historian and genealogist Karice Luck-Brimmer will discuss “Tracing Our Ancestors’ Footprints” and how Black people can reclaim their heritage during a virtual meeting of the Middle Peninsula African- American Genealogical and Historical Society on Saturday at 11 a.m.

UR presents African Film Weekend

Mati Diop was initially disappointed when she, by reading a news article, discovered that she was the first Black female filmmaker in the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious competi- tion in its 72-year history.