Shining stars

The world had Oprah. Richmond had Bernie. Longtime television journalist Bernadine A. “Bernie” Simmons, who died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, at age 79, was well known to many in Richmond and surrounding communities as the creator and face of NBC12’s ...

Send-offs show Carlton Pearson’s split legacy spurred by his inclusive beliefs, rejection of hell

Before his peers would label him a heretic, the late Bishop Carlton D. Pearson was once one of the best known preachers in the nation.

Longtime Henrico County educator Marilyn Hinson Royal dies

Marilyn (Elise) Hinson Royal, a trailblazing force at the intersection of teaching, learning, and leadership, died on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, leaving behind a legacy as vast as the universe she inspired her students to explore.

Staying the course while steadying church’s finances is Rev. James’ mission

The Rev. A. Lincoln James Jr. still isn’t ready to use the “R” word. Rev. James still has a spring to his step, an energetic approach and plenty of words to share with the Trinity Baptist Church congregation he has ...

250 years later, ‘Amazing Grace’ has filled churches, concerts, even commercials

James Walvin, a former Church of England choirboy and professor of history at the University of York, doesn’t remember encountering “Amazing Grace,” in song or in his hymnal. It wasn’t until he traveled to the United States to research the ...

Harold C. Glenn, also known as ‘Soul Santa,’ dies at age 90

During a time that it was rare for a Black person to play the familiar holiday role of Santa Claus anywhere in the country, that fact did not deter Harold Cecil Glenn.

Journalist, educator, public relations specialist Sylvina R. Poole dies

Veteran Richmond journalist, educator and entrepreneur Sylvina Renee Poole has died. Ms. Poole, 59, succumbed to illness Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023.

Wanda L. Moore-Skinner, who helped provide resources for those in need, dies at age 68

For 37 years, Wanda Louise Moore-Skinner quietly provided assistance to financially desperate individuals and families.

Celebrating community

Two Dinwiddie County Baptist churches, Rocky Branch in Sutherland and Central in Church Road, both celebrated their 150-year anniversaries in October. To mark the occasion, the predominately white congregation of Central Baptist and the predominately Black congregation of Rocky Branch ...

Documentary on Black millennials depicts wide range of religion, rebellion

A member of the second-oldest Black Catholic order in the United States. A voodoo priestess. A gay atheist woman. A new documentary from the National Museum of African American History and Culture explores the range of faith and spiritual expressions ...

Trailblazing actor Richard Roundtree dies

Richard Roundtree, the trailblazing actor who starred as the ultra- smooth private detective in several “Shaft” films beginning in the early 1970s, has died. He was 81.

Churches continue to alter services in era of COVID-19

Like other parts of the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic transformed church services throughout the Greater Richmond Region.

Coaching legend Lou Anderson dies at age 87

Louis “Lou” Anderson Jr., who spent most of his adult life coaching football and, more importantly to him, influencing the lives of young men, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2023. Mr. Anderson was 87 and had been in an assisted living ...

Florida faith leader: Black history toolkit gains interest outside the state

When the Rev. Rhonda Thomas decided to create a toolkit to help teach Black history outside the public school system — after Florida legislators approved revisions to its required instruction — she expected Black churches like her own would be ...

Fire Department 40-year veteran Earl Dyer dies

Battalion Chief Earl Dyer of the Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services is being remembered as a “consummate professional and a man of the highest integrity” following his death after experiencing a medical emergency at work.