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Art & Country: A Sunday Essay

Back in April, I had the great privilege of visiting the Louvre for the first time. The many works in that historic museum exceeded all my expectations and kept me enthralled for the all too short three hours I spent inside. As closing time approached, museum staff...

We want to raise awareness of the situation in Iran with a mural

ed. note: In light of fact checking this morning we have to retract the information presented on our platforms yesterday and clarify that Iran has NOT sentenced 15,000 protestors to the death penalty but the possibly remains they could in the future. We apologize for...

You Beto Work 2: A Bumble Love Letter to Beto O’Rourke

Fall calls for late nights and warm blankets, lost in the small glare of the light from my phone. Tired of endlessly swiping right on the same balding white guy named Jeff holding a spotted bass he is entirely too proud of. Tinder? Never. I’m far higher brow than...

Dissociative Gaze Into The Abyss: A Sunday Essay

Is the revival of the 2014 Tumblr girl how the internet copes with the end of the world?  The dissociative pout, also referred to as the dissociative gaze, was first coined by i-D Magazine in the 2022 article “The cult of the dissociative pout” by Rayne Fisher-Quann,...

You Beto Work 2: A Bumble Love Letter to Beto O’Rourke

Fall calls for late nights and warm blankets, lost in the small glare of the light from my phone. Tired of endlessly swiping right on the same balding white guy named Jeff holding a spotted bass he is entirely too proud of. Tinder? Never. I’m far higher brow than that. Every classy broad knows Bumble is the way to go these days. That way I can...

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Op-Ed: River Shitty

Year after year, coal train derailments, sewage pipeline leaks, pesticide runoff, and other toxic substances continue to poison the James River. In a summer that's seen multiple toxic train derailments and a two-week ban on swimming due to multiple sewage pipe breaks, climate activist Aaron Linas asks, when will we start treating our river...

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Op-Ed: The Tyranny Of On-Premise Parking

Is there something wrong with the fact that parking lots downtown sit empty as residents circle blocks for 20 minutes looking for somewhere to put their cars? Brock Hall thinks so, and he has a theory about how this problem could be solved here in Richmond. My stepdad was visiting Richmond recently and he invited me out to lunch. Not being...

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Op-Ed: Virginia Must Be For The People, Not Corporations

Richard Walker, candidate for the 71st District of Virginia's House of Delegates, writes that Virginia "needs more than incremental change influenced by monopoly utilities and corporate interests." Virginia must be a Commonwealth built on the rights of all people to clean air and water, economic stability, transparency in government -- and one...

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Op-Ed: End Environmental Racism In Virginia

Sunrise Richmond co-coordinator Fionnuala Fisk warns that a Wegmans facility in Hanover County threatens the historic Black community of Brown Grove. Scholar Ruth Wilson Gilmore defines racism as the “state-sanctioned and extralegal exposure of group-differentiated vulnerability to premature death," and environmental racism plays a big role in...

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Op-Ed: Living Black History By Uplifting People In Aviation

For Black History Month and beyond, Andrew Crider and Preston Page write, the aviation industry in Virginia and across the nation should uplift marginalized communities and work harder to diversify aviation. Black History Month is not for purely symbolic gestures and meaningless apologies. We need to truly uplift people. Uplifting requires a...

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