Justice and accountability needed in Irvo Otieno’s death

Yesterday’s announcement about a settlement being reached in the case of Irvo Otieno, a 28-year-old Black man who died while being restrained at a Virginia psychiatric hospital, elevates discussions about the need for mental health and policing reforms.

Vote early and make your voice heard

As the upcoming Nov. 7 elections in Virginia draw near, it is essential that every eligible citizen exercise his or her right to vote.

Hardball game of politics, by Clarence Page

Like numerous other folks who did not support Mitt Romney’s election when he was challenging then-President Barack Obama in 2012, I think he looks a lot better to me now than he did then — and not just because he ...

Saving planet matter of choice, by Ben Jealous

There’s a phrase you hear from business schools to board rooms that comes from L. John Doerr, a legendary investor who backed Google, Amazon and Intuit: Measure what matters. Those words certainly jumped to mind this summer as leaders from ...

VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center’s new designation driven by the community, by Dr. Robert A. Winn

Building engines for General Motors was going to be my one-way ticket to the other side of the tracks. Growing up, I dreamt of getting that job at the plant in my working class Buffalo, N.Y., neighborhood, earning a steady ...

An ode to self

About six years ago, Neverett Eggleston Jr. sat in a narrow back entry of Sugar’s Crab Shack, the popular Chamberlayne Avenue eatery that his son, Neverett A. Eggleston III, opened in 2016.

Wealthy extremists attacking funding for Black women entrepreneurs are desperate, by Marc H. Morial

“In the face of persistent, systemic discrimination against Black people and all people of color arising from our country’s long history of racism, Ed Blum and his recently created front group are bent on dismantling programs benefiting the Black community. ...

Haters, you don’t know Black women, by Dr. E. Faye Williams

Like many of our sisters who are doing their very best to do the right thing, I’ve had my fill of threats, too—one as late as the past week.

When will we raise the minimum wage?, by Julianne Malveaux

The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009. Several states have a higher minimum, but a predictable few, including Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Alabama, are stuck at that low minimum.

The renaissance wasn’t just a concert tour, by Errin Haines

We have just witnessed the Summer of the Black Woman.

Good news

Done deal A vote Wednesday in the state House and Senate represents good news.

It’s for the culture

Just a reminder that the city’s 2023 edition of the Summer Festival of the Arts will wrap up this weekend with a really cool, free festival from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Dogwood Dell amphitheater in Byrd Park.

Razzle-dazzle vs. racial violence, by Clarence Page

Sixty years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic March on Washington, much of his dream is still just a dream.

Enigma of high-stakes testing, by Ashley Clerge

Hello again, folks. Let us continue to go down the rabbit hole of understanding standardized testing and why it has become the cornerstone of the American education system.

No, Donald, you’re not being persecuted like the Scottsboro Boys, by Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

“War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance Is Strength.” So wrote George Orwell in 1984, his famous dystopian novel about authoritarian- ism. The book gave us the term “Orwellian,” describing situations where facts are ignored, truth is turned on its ...