New dating apps — and ‘in person’ mixers — target religious and political niches

Dating today can be a bit like ordering at Chipotle. The universe of dating apps makes it easier than ever to custom-order a partner of your choosing — their height, their food preferences, their religion.

Donald ‘Cisco’ Ross, former Armstrong High, VCU star, dies

Donald “Cisco” Ross Jr., a former Armstrong High and VCU basketball standout, died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. He was 74.

Greening project at South Side church designed to reduce pollution

Nearly 50 trees are now growing in a portion of the parking lot of Branch’s Baptist Church, 3400 Broad rock Blvd. in South Side.

Fourth Baptist Church minister says he will resign

Dr. William E. Jackson Sr. plans to step down as pastor of historic Fourth Baptist Church in Church Hill.

Episcopal Diocese of Chicago’s first Black female bishop takes office

Everyone would have understood if Bishop Paula E. Clark had stepped away from her call to lead the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, said her fellow bishop, Mariann Edgar Budde of Washington, D.C.

‘Fifth Little Girl’ of 1963 Klan bombing reunites with nurse

When an initially blinded, and nearly lifeless, 12-year-old girl found in the rubble of a church bombing was wheeled onto the 10th floor of University Hospital in Birmingham nearly 60 years ago, one of the first people to tend to ...

Fourth Baptist Church votes to keep trustees, finance team

A two-year battle for control of historic but fractured Fourth Baptist Church ended Monday night with a stinging defeat for the pastor, Dr. William E. Jackson Sr., and his deacon allies.

Bernard Shaw, CNN’s 1st chief anchor, dies at 82

Bernard Shaw, former CNN anchor and a pioneering Black journalist remembered for his blunt question at a presidential debate and calmly reporting the beginning of the Gulf War in 1991 from Baghdad as it was under attack, has died. He ...

Members to decide fate of Fourth Baptist Church’s funds, trustees

The battle for control of Fourth Baptist Church will come down to an in-person congregational meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19.

Ministers, medical experts honored

A group that was launched two years ago to provide Black pastors with information on Covid-19 and other health issues to share with their congregants received recognition from City Council Monday.

Renowned jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis dies at 87

Renowned jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis, whose music entertained fans over a more than 60-year career that began with the Ramsey Lewis Trio and made him one of the country’s most successful jazz musicians, has died. He was 87.

‘Honk for Jesus’ a wild ride that drives home paradox of faith in the Black church

“If you can’t say ‘amen,’ then say ‘ouch.’” If you’ve spent any considerable length of time in a traditional Black church context, you’ve heard this. It’s usually said by a preacher when they know a sermon is hitting a little ...

Petersburg’s pioneering educator and mayor, Dr. Florence Saunders Farley, dies at 94

Dr. Florence Saunders Farley, a trailblazing psychologist who also served as Petersburg’s first Black female mayor, has died.

Sistine Chapel frescoes come to Richmond

Most people know about the remarkable paintings that Michelangelo created on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, even if they have never been to Rome. Now Richmond area residents can get a close-up view of his famous frescoes that still ...

Excavation of graves begins at site of Colonial Black church

Archaeologists in Virginia began excavating three suspected graves at the original site of one of the nation’s oldest Black churches on July 18, 2022, commencing a month's long effort to learn who was buried there and how they lived.