Local Happenings – Feb 2015

By Nancy DeVille Art Exhibition This year’s Richmond Art Center exhibit, The Art of Living Black, showcases over 50 local emerging and established African American artists in a wide variety of media- sculpture, photography, painting, jewelry and ceramics. “We are proud to be hosting the 19th annual exhibition for The Art of Living Black,” Richard […]

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What We Can Learn From a Transgender Teen’s Suicide

Commentary, Adrienne Chainey Leelah Alcorn was born on November 15, 1997 as Joshua Ryan Alcorn. According to her suicide note she knew as early as age four that she wasn’t a “boy.” Ten years later, she learned what she had been trying to define about herself nearly her entire life: She was transgendered, a girl […]

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Khalid’s Corner: Two-parts

Wisdom from Community Leader, Khalid Elahi   Staying alive is a two-part thing; it’s GOD and it’s you. We all have a choice and that’s part of why we pray, so that GOD would add protection to us while we are living out our choices. I used to risk my life in the same fashion […]

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Rethinking Why We Opposed the TV Show “Sorority Sisters”

Commentary, Asani Shakur “Sorority Sisters” was a recent reality show on VH1 that showcased different African American women’s Greek life in Atlanta, Ga. The concept of the show was to see if bringing together sisters from different sororities would lead to unity or animosity. The program quickly created controversy over its negative portrayal of African […]

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The Desolate Streets of Ferguson

New America Media, Commentary, Andres Tapia, Posted: Jan 13, 2015 FERGUSON, Mo. – The protesting crowds have thinned. The 24-7 news army has packed up its equipment and moved on to the next hot spot. But Ferguson is still simmering. It’s breathtaking enough walking through the business district along Florissant Ave. to see one storefront […]

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A Model for Police Reform

News Report, Brett Murphy Ed. Note: In the past decade, the police department in Richmond, Calif. has undergone a dramatic transformation. Spearheaded by an openly-gay and white chief in charge of policing this largely African American and Latino city, the changes are now bearing fruit, with crime down and trust between officers and the residents […]

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Thoughts on Ferguson Protests: How Young Adults Feel About a National Movement

First person, Various Authors   EDITORS NOTE: Richmond Pulse asked young adults what they think about the nationwide protests against police brutality sparked by the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO., and if they believe anything will change. Initially, I was not inspired by the protests occurring around the country. They were portrayed in […]

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Local Happenings

From the Pulse News Desk, Posted Dec 24, 2014 Holiday Closures Richmond city offices will be closed during the holiday week beginning Wednesday, Dec. 24 and reopening on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. The closure includes city offices as well as the Richmond Public Library and Recreation facilities. The Richmond Plunge at 1 Garrard Blvd. will […]

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#BlackLivesMatter: Local Youth Stand up Against Police Brutality

Story by Edgardo Cervano-Soto | Photos by David Meza   On a Tuesday morning in December, Richmond saw its first demonstration against police brutality and the killing of black and brown people at the hands of police. The RYSE Youth Center in Richmond spearheaded the event, bringing out over 200 people, who stood in-line down […]

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Opinions on Policing in Richmond

Interviews and Photos, Marco Villalobos Editor’s Note: When President Barack Obama proposed his $263-million spending package to expand the use of body cameras on officers, among other efforts to improve community-police relations, last month, he noted that “simmering distrust” of law enforcement is present in communities of color across the nation. With that in mind, […]

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