Enrollment growing at Virginia HBCUs, but they face historic underfunding, by Nathaniel Cline, Virginia Mercury

As enrollment drops at many Virginia higher educa- tion institutions, the state’s two public historically Black colleges and universities offer a bright spot, with steady student increases. However, a historical lack of funding for HBCUs and financial resources for their ...

Four teachers but no students

Four Richmond Public Schools teachers have been assigned to teach in empty classrooms at the Richmond Technical Center, the school system has confirmed.

There’s something about Richmond

For the past several weeks, film lovers have had their choice of movies to watch while enjoying a day or evening in the city. From the Afrikana Independent Film Festival Sept. 14-17, this week’s 12th Annual Richmond International Film Festival, ...

Class warfare always has existed, by Julianne Malveaux

The United Auto Workers and the Big Three automobile manufacturers – Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis haven’t been able to agree on worker compensa- tion, and no wonder. The UAW leader, Shawn Fein, is fiercely committed that workers should be ...

Dismantling ‘separate but equal’, by David W. Marshall

As a sitting vice president, it remains to be seen if Kamala Harris will eventually follow the political pathway of Joe Biden and ultimately ascend to the highest office in the nation.

Virginia NAACP endorses Richmond Grand project

The NAACP Virginia State Confer- ence (Virginia NAACP) is joining the Richmond Branch NAACP in endorsing the Richmond Grand project in the city of Richmond and encouraging Richmond residents to vote “yes” for the casino referendum on Nov. 7.

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.