Personality: Omari Kijana Al-Qadaffi

During a time where millions of people remain at risk of eviction in a pandemic, in a city that gained notice nationally for the second highest eviction rate in the country before COVID-19, Omari Kijana Al-Qadaffi has been a constant ...

Personality: Mollie S. Reinhart

With COVID-19 still a clear and present danger, building and maintaining human connection can be difficult. It’s a need that Mollie S. Reinhart and the orga- nization she founded, Befriend, seek to address.

Personality: Kisha Beaner Howcott

The new school year brings all kinds of concerns for students, even without the threat of an ongoing pandemic. And while some concerns require specific solutions, the need for clothing is being met thanks to a mobile boutique, courtesy of ...

Personality: Lawrence E. West Jr.

For many, the removal of the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the pedestal where it stood for more than a century was a symbolic moment that could herald further progress and change. For Lawrence E. West Jr., ...

Personality: Melanie K. Frank

During COVID-19, grief has become a greater presence in the lives of many people with the large numbers of people stricken with, hospitalized by or who succumbed to the virus. For Richmonders struggling with this part of life, Melanie K. ...

Personality: Allison Kay Coles-Johnson

Allison Kay Coles-Johnson is half a million dollars away from bringing new hope and opportunity to thousands of Virginians and millions of others across the world.

Personality: Adriea Clarke

Adriea Clarke is founder of an event that seeks to bridge the gap between the public and veganism and provide a space for African-Americans to share and show the curious, particularly people of color, an entry point into the lifestyle.

Personality: Ra-Twoine Shameel ‘Rosetta’ Fields

It’s a time of sweeping artistic development for the city of Rich- mond, with a wide variety of new pieces, programs and exhibits in various districts.

Personality: Dr. Cyrillene ‘C.C.’ Clark

With school about to begin for many of Virginia’s youths, and the COVID-19 pandemic still posing a danger to public health, the work of Voices for Virginia’s Children and its board chair, Dr. Cyrillene “C.C.” Clark, is more important than ...

Personality: Ronnie Hicks

For years, Woodland Cemetery languished in neglect.

Personality: Betty L. Squire

For nearly 30 years, Engine Company #9 and Associates has recognized the trailblazing path of the first African-American firefighters and police officers in Richmond. And now, the organization’s president, Betty L. Squire, is overseeing the group’s latest effort to showcase ...

Personality: Darrick Hanks-Harris

In early December, Darrick Hanks-Harris began a new initiative to aid Black-owned businesses struggling in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Personality: Julian M. Day

After nearly a decade of service in multiple localities, Julian M. Day received a new kind of spotlight last month.

Personality: John S. ‘Johnny’ Newman Jr.

A storied pro basketball career, educational and entrepreneurial success and helping to better the lives of African-American youths.

Personality: Ngoma Hill

From Alexandria to Richmond to Vietnam and Harlem, Ngoma Hill has built an impressive artistic career. He is now being recognized for his work on another level.