Since he was kid, Dvondre Woodards has gone by another name, Pooka. Given to him by his grandmother, the name stuck, be it with friends, family, and even teachers. It doesn’t have any meaning as far as 22-year-old Woodards knows. “It’s just unique. So I’m making my own definition of it,” he said.
Thousands packed the 23rd Street commercial district on Sunday to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Richmond teamed up with the city of San Pablo for two days of festivities.
On Sunday, hundreds of children and adults filled Richmond’s Civic Center Plaza to celebrate the importance of literacy at the third annual Richmond Tales Family Literacy Festival.
On Saturday, dozens turned out at Richmond’s EcoVillage Farm to celebrate Earth Day. Shyaam M. Shabaka, the farm’s founder and executive director, gave a guided tour of the estate and offered tips on growing food in an urban environment.
Following three months of courtroom battles, and five years after seven high-ranking African American Richmond police officers first filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city, Police Chief Chris Magnus, and former Deputy Chief Lori Ritter, arguments have come to a close. All that’s left is for the jury to reach a verdict.
“We’re trying to hit the community where we’re hemorrhaging the most, and that’s these young men,” said Pastor Henry Washington at a planning session last week. Washington is a core member of Ceasefire/Lifelines to Healing—a renowned violence prevention program set to launch in Richmond later this week.
Last Saturday, Richmond residents and community leaders gathered in North Richmond to call for stronger community relations and an end to gun-violence. The community fair was sponsored by Ground Zero, Operation Richmond, and the McGlothen Temple Evangelist Department. Complete with grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, snow cones, an air castle, housing and employment specialists, and music from the band Redemption, the event drew residents out their homes all afternoon long. Here’s a snippet of the day’s action.
In light of the series of Richmond-related shootings in late March and early April, this video looks at the personal toll facing Kamari Ridgle—the victim of a drive-by shooting in North Richmond last year.
On Saturday, April 23, members of the faith-based community led a motorcade through the city’s most troubled and violent neighborhoods in an effort to speak out against violence.