When the Questions Were Not Surface Level

Jul 21, 2016


“We were the MTV generation, and so we were exploring music and pop culture with each other in ways that our parents didn’t. It was very common for basic culture questions that my black friends and I would get from our white friends, always about our hair or about how we celebrated particular events or holidays. So it was really touching on that kind of thing.

When a Park System was Self-Determined

Jul 14, 2016

On Saturday, July 9, we hosted a live storytelling event with Secretly Y'all and Untold RVA at The Hippodrome Theater in Richmond. Among the storytellers was Nathan Burrell, the Park Manager of the James River Park System. Burrell shared about Richmond history and the development of the parks along the James River. 

When a "Punk Kid" Connected With a Freedom Fighter

Jul 7, 2016


Josh Poteat is an award-winning poet whose work is inspired in part by Richmond’s past. In this excerpt of one of his poems, Poteat commemorates an enslaved blacksmith and freedom fighter named Gabriel who was born near Richmond. Gabriel was executed by hanging in 1800 after organizing a large slave revolt. He was pardoned by Governor Tim Kaine in 2007. In the second audio segment below, Poteat shares about his personal experience connecting with Gabriel and with punk music.

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When Photo Albums Connected a Father and Daughter

Jul 1, 2016

Jammie Jones owns a shop in Richmond called Pinup-ish that sells 1950s-inspired women's clothing. Pinup-ish is located in Shockoe Bottom, a part of the city where some businesses have struggled to stay afloat. In this week's segment, Jones shares about the inspiration behind her shop.



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When a Restaurant Job was Divinely Ordered

Jun 23, 2016

Enjoli Moon is the founder and creative director of the Afrikana Independent Film Festival, which is in its third year and which brings filmmakers to Richmond from all over the world. But Moon doesn't come from the filmmaking world. In this week's segment, she shares her memories of a Richmond restaurant that inspired her to create something new and different in the city.