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Dozens of Black businesses to be showcased at the fifth annual Black Business Expo this weekend

Dozens of Black businesses will be present at the fifth annual Black Business Expo at IX Art Park this Saturday. The yearly convention allows for Black businesses in Charlottesville to gain visibility and participate in a business pitch competition. Following the harrowing events of the Aug. 12 rallies, Black Business Expo founder Ty Cooper wanted […]

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High on the Hog: Charlottesville Native Surprises Community with Feature in Netflix Documentary

In late May Netflix released a limited series entitled High on the Hog. The series explores African American culinary history and its influence on modern day food. As the docuseries gained popularity, Charlottesville area residents were surprised to see a familiar face: Niya Bates. Bates, who worked at Monticello as the Director of African American […]

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‘A time for healing’ — In-person return planned for Women’s Initiative class focused on physical, mental health

On a warm Wednesday afternoon, under the shade of an old oak tree, the sound of percussion can be heard across the hilltop in Washington Park. Lillie Williams, an African dance instructor with 20 years of experience, sits patiently with drummer William Whitten on a nearby bench as members of her Chihamba class arrive.  Chihamba, […]