Mark Oltmanns

Bandwidth: Pooka’s transformation

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.

Weekends in Richmond: Celebrating literacy

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.

Weekends in Richmond: EcoVillage Farm educates on Earth Day

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.

Weekends in Richmond: Pancakes on a ship

Pancake breakfasts on board the SS Red Oak Victory are back. Eat on the ship’s deck, enjoy gorgeous views of the bay and take a tour inside the old Victory.

Richmond police department discrimination suit goes to the jury

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.

Richmond’s first Ceasefire “call-in” to debut soon

“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.

One Richmond

Richmond’s landscapes have a richness and diversity to match that of its people, culture and history.

I am Richmond

Our “I am Richmond” video attempts to illuminate the essence of this great city with intimate imagery and honest commentary.

Talking gun-violence in North Richmond

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…

A year later, a drive-by shooting survivor tells his story

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.