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Pinkett Smith talks hair loss ‘shame,’ outcome of Oscars slap

Jada Pinkett Smith turned her husband’s Oscar-night blowup into a teachable moment about alopecia areata, the hair loss disorder affecting her and millions of others that, in some cases, can impact a person’s sense of identity.

’Collective Rage’ features 5 Betties

Richmond Triangle Players will close its 2021-22 season with “Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties,” which has been described as “one of Broadway’s wildest and wackiest comedies.”

2 artistic directors join Virginia Repertory Theatre

Todd D. Norris and Rick Hammerly will join Desirée Roots, a Richmond-based jazz singer and actress, as artistic directors for the Virginia Repertory Theatre.

Memorial Day service at Fort Harrison Cemetery

The Richmond National Battlefield Park, in cooperation with the National Cemetery Administration, will host a Memorial Day program and wreath-laying ceremony 12 p.m. Monday, May 30, at the Fort Harrison National Cemetery, 8620 Varina Road. The event is free and ...

12 debut at Cotillion

“Virtual Elegance and Grace Redefined” was the theme of this year’s Wives of Beaux-Twenty Debutante Alumnae Association’s 44th Debutante Cotillion on May 21.

VSU’s 2022 graduates heralded for hard work, sacrifices and technological savvy

Cheering family, friends and loved ones celebrated the achievements of Virginia State University’s nearly 500 graduates on May 14 at the VSU Multi-Purpose Center.

VMFA names new curator for African Art

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has named Dr. Ndubuisi C. Ezeluomba as its new curator to efforts to “re-imagine” VMFA’s African Art collection.

VCU graduates praised for their resolve to not lose focus during pandemic

With graduates hailing from 43 countries and diverse cultural backgrounds, the sheer scale of accomplishment was immense during Virginia Commonwealth University’s graduation ceremony last Saturday.

Virginia Museum of History & Culture reopens May 14 after $30M renovation

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture will reopen this weekend after a two-year, $30 million renovation with a celebration featuring new exhibits, rich family stories, entertainment, activities and food trucks.

W&M dedicates memorial to those who were enslaved by the university

William & Mary, the nation’s second oldest institution of higher education, dedicated a brick memorial last Saturday that honors people who were enslaved by the university.

’A Strange Loop’ earns a leading 11 Tony Award nominations

“A Strange Loop,” Michael R. Jackson’s critically cheered theater meta-journey earned a leading 11 Tony Award nominations Monday as Broadway joined the national discussion of race by embracing an envelope-pushing Black-written and Black-led musical.

Perseverance and legacy were themes of VUU’s commencement

Six different classes of Virginia Union University graduates, some stretching as far back as five decades, were recognized for their academic accomplishment last Saturday during the first in-person commencement ceremony in two years.

Actor Keith David challenges NSU graduates to be, do and give back

Emmy Award-winning actor Keith David reminded Norfolk State University graduates that they stand on the shoulders of giants, including their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and civil rights pioneers, in earning their degrees.

Retiring HU president offers advice to graduates

Hampton University’s 152nd annual commencement celebrated graduates as well as the 44-year tenure of HU President William R. “Bill” Harvey, who is retiring on June 30. Dr. Harvey, 81, served as the keynote speaker for the commencement, which was held ...

Activist, therapist, author, designer and prosecutor among this year’s commencement speakers

Area colleges and universities are returning to in-person commencements this year after two years of relying on virtual ceremonies because of COVID-19.