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Pharrell to NSU grads: ‘You have the ability to create the city, life that you deserve’

NORFOLK Grammy Award-winning musician Pharrell Williams told the newest graduates of Norfolk State University on Saturday to act like “the emerging majority” and help develop the area’s businesses and culture.

Miss America to VCU graduates: ‘You are stronger, you are wiser … as a result of the challenges you have faced’

The sound of trumpets, horns and drums filled Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center last Saturday morning as the university held its fall 2021 commencement ceremony.

Pulitzer winner Michael Paul Williams to speak at VUU scholarship event

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Virginia Union University alumnus Michael Paul Williams will speak at the annual VUU National Alumni Association Scholarship and Awards Luncheon hosted by the John W. Barco Alumni Chapter 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11.

French honor for Josephine Baker stirs conflict over racism

On the surface, it’s a powerful message against racism: A Black woman will, for the first time, join other luminaries interred in France’s Pantheon. But by choosing a U.S.-born figure/entertainer Josephine Baker—critics say France is continuing a long tradition of ...

Fashion designer Virgil Abloh dies of cancer at 41

Virgil Abloh, a leading designer whose groundbreaking fusions of streetwear and high couture made him one of the most celebrated tastemakers in fashion and beyond, has died of cancer. He was 41.

Egypt unveils renovated ‘Avenue of the Sphinxes’ in Luxor

Egyptian authorities unveiled Nov. 25 a renovated ancient promenade in the city of Luxor dating back 3,000 years, the latest government project undertaken to highlight the country’s archaeological treasures.

3rd annual charity art gala to benefit Black History Museum

Liberated Flow is hosting its 3rd Annual Charity Art Gala 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, to benefit the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia.

Petersburg Symphony Orchestra to present holiday concert Dec. 5

The Petersburg Symphony Orchestra is presenting “Festive Holiday Favorites,” a holiday concert featuring Handel’s “The Messiah Overture” and other favorites, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Petersburg Public Library Auditorium, 201 Washington St. in Petersburg.

Richmond comes alive with holiday events

Richmond will turn on the holiday lights this week and welcome Santa to Downtown to officially launch the celebration of the season.

Desiree Roots joins Virginia Repertory Theatre

Singer, dancer, actor Desirée Roots has been named co-artistic director for community with the Virginia Repertory.

Jason Mott, Tiya Miles win National Book Awards

Jason Mott’s “Hell of a Book,” a surreal meta-narrative about an author’s promotional tour and his haunted past and present, has won the National Book Award for fiction—a plot twist Mr. Mott did not imagine for himself.

Frida Kahlo self-portrait sells for record $35M at auction

NEW YORK A Frida Kahlo self-portrait that shows the artist with the face of her husband, Diego Rivera, in the middle of her forehead, sold at Sotheby’s in New York on Nov. 16 for $34.9 million, an auction record for ...

Armstrong-Walker Classic parade, tailgate and football game set for Nov. 27

Richmond is set to celebrate the legendary Armstrong-Walker Classic with a parade on Saturday, Nov. 27, and ending with a tailgate and youth football game at Hovey Stadium at Virginia Union University.

Hampton University marching band to perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Hampton University Pirates fans and supporters everywhere will be tuning in this Thanksgiving to see and hear the Hampton University Marching Force and its thunderous sound in the 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

‘King Richard’ is a crowd pleaser

Once upon a time, in the low-income neighborhood of Compton in Los Angeles, a doting father and smart mother have a keen vision for two of their offspring: “Venus and Serena gonna shake up this world.”