Finding Mindfulness Inside the Ring

Richmond boxing champion Jonny Perez works with the Mindful Life Project, where he helps teach the concept of mindfulness to elementary school students in Richmond. But his life did not always look as promising as it does now.


Art Center Event Turns Trash Into Treasure

Story and Photos • Sonya Mann

Is one person’s garbage another person’s art?

You could find the answer at the Richmond Art Center’s Upcycle event Apr. 25, in which local artists — rather than recycling trash — focused on upgrading throwaway materials into new and beautiful creations.


Women of Richmond Still Making History

By Leslie Basurto Richmond Police Captain Bisa French was the keynote speaker at this year’s International Women’s Day celebration in Richmond. As the Richmond Police Department’s first ever African-American woman to be captain, French discussed the importance of “planting seeds” in the minds of young people. She took those in attendance on a journey through […]


Letter to the Youth, From Prison

by Asani Shakur Editor’s Note: Asani Shakur, from Richmond, spent four years in prison. He wrote this letter to the youth while incarcerated. Dear young kings and queens, You do not know me personally, but you know me by way of a hood movie character or better yet, through the eyes of your favorite rapper.  […]