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Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022

First person in 2022

We’re bringing more people into local news with our partners in Charlottesville Inclusive Media, Vinegar Hill Magazine and the In My Humble Opinion radio show. For your Saturday recap, here are stories from First Person Charlottesville in 2022.

Also be sure to subscribe to In My Humble Opinion’s podcast, with its new First Person segments. Here’s more about the pilot they launched in 2022, which features Katrina Spencer.

Want to tell your story? Here’s more about how to participate.

My 14th Christmas in prison

Mithrellas Curtis, incarcerated at the Fluvanna Correctional Center, makes ‘magic out of thin air’ — no matter where she celebrates the holidays.

Credit: Kori Price/Charlottesville Tomorrow

He used to sneak to the back of the library to learn about who he was — now this trans advocate has his own book

Charley Burton didn’t know what “trans” meant until his 50s, and he wants young people to find their voices sooner than he did.

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With your help, we’ll continue to diversify Charlottesville media in 2023

Charlottesville Inclusive Media has reached our first year-end goal of $10,000 with support of the Bama Works Fund of the Dave Matthews Band. Our next goal is $35,000 to keep paying writers, visual artists, producers and storytellers fairly for their work, while building out new podcast episodes and events, and strengthening the capacity of a diverse media ecosystem.

Credit: Kori Price/Charlottesville Tomorrow

India Sims can do everything you can do — just sitting down

A beauty specialist and advocate says it’s time for Charlottesville to add ‘accessible’ to its historic character.

Credit: Emily Hays/Charlottesville Tomorrow

Vinegar Hill: Get to know how this Charlottesville chef is teaching the culinary arts — and why

Here’s what Chef Antwon Brinson wants you to know about finding your focus.

Credit: David McNair/The DTM

In Charlottesville’s ‘summer of hate,’ a Chinese American pastor found his place in the struggle for civil rights

Michael Cheuk didn’t know how we would respond to the Unite the Right rally — until he reconsidered his own family history and his faith.

Credit: Credit: Courtesy of David McNair/The DTM

In the police department, it was a struggle to be Black, and at home, it was a struggle to be blue

What does it mean to be Black in the Charlottesville Police Department? A former detective remembers the KKK rally of 2017 — and what it means when law enforcement tries to recruit minority officers.

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