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.

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Residents, Officials Unveil Yellow Brick Road Play Street

Richmond nonprofit Pogo Park, Iron Triangle residents and city officials celebrated the grand opening of the Yellow Brick Road Play Street last week, which includes a series of parks, walking paths and a roundabout that all intersect at Eighth Street and Elm Avenue. The celebration represented the official unveiling of the street, designed to be a “yellow brick”-guided safe zone for walking and playing.

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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.

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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 […]

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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.  […]

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