‘I’m tired of fighting people who look like me’

Just days before Winsome Sears’ historic swearing in Saturday, Jan. 15, as Virginia’s first female lieutenant governor and the first African-American woman elected to statewide office in the Commonwealth, she sounds more like a woman under siege than someone poised ...

New quarters honor Maya Angelou

The United States Mint said Monday it has begun shipping quarters featuring the image of poet Maya Angelou, the first coins in its American Women Quarters Program.

Free Press mission to educate and empower continues

From its start, the Richmond Free Press has relentlessly sought to impact and improve life for Black Richmonders on a variety of issues.

Councilwoman Trammell takes steps toward 2nd referendum on city casino

Richmond’s plans to allow a private company to create a gambling mecca in South Side collapsed in November when voters opposed to a casino narrowly defeated it by just under 1,500 votes. Now one of the biggest supporters of the ...

School Board votes in new leaders

The Richmond School Board voted in a new chair and vice chair—Shonda Harris- Muhammed, 6th District, and Kenya J. Gibson, 3rd District, respectively.

City CAO: Hold on; bonuses coming

Yes, we plan to award pandemic bonuses of up to $3,000 each to city employees who worked through the pandemic.

City workers launch campaign for collective bargaining

City Hall employees this week launched their campaign to gain the right to collectively bargain over wages and working conditions.

NAACP declines to challenge redistricting; encouraged by meeting with new GOP administration

The new boundaries for Virginia’s election districts for Congress and the General Assembly will not face any immediate legal challenge from the Virginia State Conference NAACP.

Sen. Lucas to receive $330K settlement

The City of Portsmouth will pay state Sen. L. Louise Lucas, the highest ranking Black in the Virginia Senate, $300,0000 under a settlement in a lawsuit she filed after she was charged with damaging a Confederate monument during a 2020 ...

King holiday closings

In observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 17, please note the following:

Free COVID-19 testing, vaccines

Free community testing for COVID-19 continues.

Area colleges make changes in wake of omicron variant

Virginia State University is moving its spring semester courses online for the first two weeks because of the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Virginia to join vax mandate challenges under new GOP governor, AG

Virginia will join other Republican-led states and business groups in challenging Biden administration mandates intended to increase the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination rate once GOP Gov.-elect Glenn A. Youngkin and Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares take office, the two said in a ...

RPS set to reopen Thursday after weather delay and early run on COVID-19 test kits

As school districts across the country consider postponing reopening following the holiday break or instituting remote instruction because of the new wave of COVID-19 infections, Richmond Public Schools stands fast in promoting vaccinations and testing to keep their doors open ...

Twist of fate

What do you do when you don’t want to make a difficult decision? Let someone else make it.