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Christopher Brown

Student Multimedia Journalist

Location icon United States

Advocates call on General Assembly to abolish death penalty

Christiansberg resident Rachel Sutphin mourns the loss of two men's lives every day: her father, Cpl. Eric Sutphin and his killer, William Morva. Morva murdered Sutphin, who worked for the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, in Blacksburg on Aug. 6, 2006. On Thursday, Sutphin joined other families at a press conference to ask the General Assembly to abolish the death penalty.
Resolutions and flags aren't enough, LGBTQ advocates want laws

RICHMOND - Adam Trimmer attended several of the Pride week events leading to Saturday's Pride festival on Brown's Island. The road to the LGBTQ community has been difficult for 30-year-old Trimmer. He considers himself a survivor of conversion therapy - a practice that uses physical or psychological tactics in an effort to change a person's sexuality.

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates deconstructs power: 'The South won the war of aesthetics'

Author and Maryland native Ta-Nehisi Coates visited Richmond last week to discuss emancipation and to promote his New York Times best-seller, "The Water Dancer." The book is set in Virginia, but his work isn't the only connection to the Old Dominion. Mr. Coates recently found out that one of his ancestors was enslaved outside of Petersburg.

Summit provides resources, highlights needs of trans people of color

Hundreds of transgender people and their allies gathered last Saturday in Richmond for a 'trans conference' focused on providing resources to the LGBTQ community. Equality Virginia held its 6th Annual Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit for the first time at the University of Richmond.

State and local candidates talk solutions at recovery forum

Almost two dozen political candidates recently attended a forum focused on implementing solutions to combat drug addiction and substance misuse in Virginia. About 100 audience members attended the event, hosted by the Henrico County-based McShin Foundation. The nonprofit supports individuals and families in recovery for addiction and substance misuse.

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Gone But Not Forgotten: A Sisterhood That Lives Forever

After Toni Morrison's passing, her close friend and poet Nikki Giovanni reflected on their story at the Institute of Contemporary Art at VCU. Picture this: the year is 1970, and author Toni Morrison just published her first book, The Bluest Eye. The book is gaining nationwide attention from critics and readers alike.

RVA Magazine
Blaze Foley: The Folk Legend of Country Music

On Sunday, October 6, Ethan Hawke made a personal appearance at a movie screening at the Byrd Theatre. Hawke is famous for his decades-long career as an actor, and is currently in the Richmond area filming the upcoming Showtime limited series The Good Lord Bird.

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