Month: March 2022

Motown legend Smokey Robinson says he resents being called African American

March 28, 2022

Once identified by Bob Dylan as America’s “greatest living poet,” legendary recording artist, lyricist and composer Smokey Robinson, is a Rock’ n’ Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters’ Hall of Fame inductee. Photo: Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden greets Smokey Robinson at the Kennedy Center Honors Medallion Ceremony at the Library of Congress, December 4, […]

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Gabriel’s House: VCU building renamed in honor of leader of planned slave revolt

March 25, 2022

By Brian McNeill The Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors voted this week to rename its Department of African American Studies’ building at 816 W. Franklin St. to be Gabriel’s House, in honor of Gabriel, an enslaved Richmond man who organized a rebellion in 1800 intended to end slavery in Virginia. “We could not be […]

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We must do something to stem this wanton bloodshed

March 25, 2022

By Roger Chesley (VM) – Please make them stop. I’m talking about the wanton, reckless firearm slayings that happen too often in Virginia and around the country. The victims and killers are disproportionately Black men. This time, an African American woman, Sierra Jenkins, was caught up in the maelstrom and shot dead. The reporter for The Virginian-Pilot had just […]

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Ketanji Brown Jackson hearings to highlight a missing perspective on SCOTUS

March 18, 2022

(USN) – Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will be in the hot seat next week as she heads into a series of high-profile hearings to become the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. And while it’s unclear how much bipartisan support she’ll receive – if any – she’s poised to have a much smoother path […]

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Assembly passes bill to increase money for those wrongfully convicted

March 17, 2022

Professor Jennifer Givens, left, one of the directors of the Innocence Project at UVA Law, gave testimony at the Virginia General Assembly in 2020 along with client Darnell Phillips, seated with his fiancée, Nichelle Ruffin. Photo by Juliet Hatchett By ALAN CLANCY(CNS) – A bill proposed by Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, that has passed the General […]

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GA passes protections for Virginians evicted from assisted living facilities

March 11, 2022

By Kate Masters (VM) – It was just a few weeks before Christmas when Elizabeth Northen learned her partner, Nina, was being evicted from the assisted living facility where she had been staying for the last six months. Together for nearly 28 years, the pair had met on the green where Nina was an instructor with […]

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Five cases in which Va.’s new AG changed the state’s legal position

March 7, 2022

By Ned Oliver (VM) – Attorney General Jason Miyares is the first Republican to hold the office in nearly a decade. So his office says it’s natural to expect the state’s legal position to change after eight years under the control of Democrat Mark Herring. Asked for a complete accounting of cases in which Miyares […]

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Overcoming the mental and physical effects of coronavirus

March 7, 2022

By Darryl Sellers (CMRIgnite) – Holding back tears, Morrell Staten shared his poignant story about his and his wife’s COVID-19 journeys last year, speaking in late 2021 at the Cobb Institute-We Can Do This/Stay Well Community Health Fair at Cass Tech High School in Detroit. Staten and his wife both tested positive for the virus […]

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Senate, House pass measure to eliminate sales tax on food, essential hygiene products

March 2, 2022

BY QUINN HUMPHREY(CNS) – Virginia legislators are close to passing legislation that would remove Virginia’s consumer use sales tax on food and essential hygiene products.  HB90, proposed by Del. Joseph McNamara, R-Roanoke, and co-patroned by Sen. David Suetterlein, R-Salem, passed the House on Feb. 15. It was conformed into nearly identical Senate bill SB451, proposed by […]

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