History

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.

 

 

Truthful History Heals

Jun 1, 2016
artwork by Spencer Turner

Throughout Virginia, the conversation about confederate monuments is a sticky one.  So a new art exhibition in Richmond is making the conversation visual. It’s an effort to have more voices heard in the debate about the future of confederate statues on Monument Avenue. 

When a Songwriter Got Her First Song

May 12, 2016

 

We moved to Richmond maybe like the summer of 2004, and within maybe six months one of our neighbors who we hung out with was diagnosed with lung cancer. It was a horrible, painful thing—she had a young daughter, eight years old.

 

In the 1950s, construction of Interstate 95 in Richmond divided the Jackson Ward neighborhood, and then construction of the Richmond Coliseum leveled other parts of it. 

“There were just some things that were deeply rooted in the hearts of the black community that pretty much were just wiped off the planet and paved over,” says Lori “Coach” Hunter.

Hunter was a child when she witnessed the destruction of her family’s neighborhood, including her grandmother’s home.

What’s in the back of your closet? Or tucked away in your parents’ attic?  Directors of a project to digitize Virginia history want to know.  In Montgomery County Virginia, they’re putting on a kind of Antiques road show. But it’s not about getting an appraisal.  The item, and your story about why it’s special, will go down in history. 

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