Month: October 2021

McAuliffe, Youngkin tussle over “Beloved” in schools

October 29, 2021

By Maria-Paula Terry McAuliffe (D) is once again dismissing parents’ concerns over prominent African American author Toni Morrison’s historical fiction novel with Virginia’s gubernatorial elections a few days away. On his video advertisement on Monday, Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin attacked McAuliffe over his sentiments that parents should steer off what their children are taught in […]

Read More

Rodney A. Harry dies

October 29, 2021

By Anthony Langley Rodney A. Harry, a 1990 graduate of VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences and former president of VCU Alumni’s African American Alumni Council, died Oct. 12 from complications related to diabetes. He was 56. A Petersburg, Virginia, native and 1983 graduate of Petersburg High School, Harry dedicated much of his life to […]

Read More

Unlicensed tow truck being used to steal vehicles in Richmond

October 28, 2021

Richmond Police say an unlicensed tow truck is stealing vehicles throughout the city. Surveillance cameras captured a black tow truck stealing a vehicle in the Davee Gardens neighborhood on Oct. 24. The tow truck could be seen backing towards a parked vehicle, lifting it onto the platform and towing it away. There is no lettering […]

Read More

Virginia Tech Athlete Indicted in Transgender Date’s Beating Death

October 28, 2021

A suspended Virginia Tech linebacker accused in the fatal beating of a transgender Tinder match has been indicted on a charge of second-degree murder. Isimemen Etute, 18, who is accused in the death of 40-year-old Jerry Smith in May, was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday, The Roanoke Times reported. A hearing is scheduled Nov. […]

Read More

Urban One CEO discusses casino ahead of Nov. 2 vote

October 28, 2021

Urban One CEO Alfred Liggins with the founder of Urban One, his mother Cathy Hughes. By Mike Platania(RBiz) – By this time next week, citizens of Richmond will have gone to the polls to vote on whether they want a casino complex built on the city’s Southside.The referendum, set to take place Nov. 2, has been […]

Read More

For years, newspapers printed hate, leading to lynchings and massacres

October 27, 2021

(Photo: Flag announcing another lynching. “A MAN WAS LYNCHED YESTERDAY,” is flown from the window of the NAACP headquarters on 69 Fifth Ave., New York City in 1936. (Everett Collection/Shutterstock)) By DeNeen L. Brown “FRIED OVER SLOW FIRE: Negro Commits the Unspeakable Crime and Is Put to Death With Horrible Torture; MOB GLOATS OVER FIENDISH […]

Read More

43-year-old man killed in Prince George crash

October 25, 2021

A deadly car crash in Prince George County killed a 43-year-old late Sunday night. Another man was sent to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The victim was identified as Christopher Winn of Chesterfield County. He was in the passenger seat next to the car’s driver, 60-year-old Johnny Gaskill. Gaskill went to the hospital with life […]

Read More

Can Black Voters Reject Democrats and Vote Republican?

October 22, 2021

By Maria-Paula   For the first time in history, Census Bureau recent reports are showing a population decrease in  the U.S. white population with a decline in its electorate share in the past decades. This has sent shock waves through the Republicans camp while prompting celebration among some Democrats. This is because the Democrats’ promising demographic […]

Read More

Virginia polls support criminal legal system reforms

October 21, 2021

By Maria-Paula Civil rights activists say that most Virginians support criminal justice reforms, based on the results of a recent survey by Data Progress for Virginia. This is despite a contrary spread of fear in political campaigns and media houses within the commonwealth that support selective and decontextualized statistics about crime rates. The violence prevention […]

Read More

Grants will support Va. entrepreneurs and boost local economies

October 21, 2021

Local business owners and community organizations will benefit from more than $4.4 million in grants for 33 investment projects across the commonwealth, the governor’s office announced this week. Selected projects are meant to create and support business development, economic recovery, and the redevelopment of industrial and commercial structures.“This is about renovating old buildings, investing in […]

Read More