It’s been fifty years since a top official at the Labor Department released a report on African-American families, and now – as part of the Look3 Festival in Charlottesville – a show called Father Figure disputes that report. Andrea Douglas is Executive Director of the African-American Heritage Center.
Speaking with people who spend their days in shelters throughout cities can yield powerful, heartbreaking, and sometimes surprising narratives. One Roanoke photojournalist did just that for a project aimed at depicting those going through a difficult time in a different light.
"I was never the type to judge a book by its cover. I was always the book that got judged. Everyone is fighting their own battles."
At a time when almost every American carries a cell phone camera, it takes courage to try and publish a book of photographs, but a Virginia man was determined to celebrate the beauty of this state in print.
Ben Greenberg began taking pictures as a new father – 44 years ago -- but was quickly drawn to landscapes in Virginia.
“All the way from the Eastern Shore to the mountains, from Southwest Virginia Highlands all the way to the Potomac. There’s so much to be seen and to be photographed.”
Students of American history learn about the Civil Rights movement in this country – about marches and sit-ins in places like Birmingham and Selma, but at Virginia Commonwealth University there’s a new project underway – an online display of photographs from one of many other cities where such protests took place.
VCU is hoping the public can help identify participants and share details of what went on.
It’s been said that Americans no longer make anything, but one group of people begs to differ. A new generation of craftsmen has taken over an old industrial building in Charlottesville, and they’re featured in an exhibit of photography opening tonight.
Lauren Danley is a surprising woman in a surprising place. She’s got tattoos on her arms, a bandana on her head and a big smile on her face as she turns up the music and gets down to work at her company – Metal, Inc.