A.E. Stallings is an author and musician residing in Richmond, VA. He majored in English and Creative Writing at Hampden-Sydney College and spends a great deal of his time traveling and performing as the singer of the band Break Away. His available selected works can be found here mourningsongs.bigcartel.com
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Abigail Buchholz is a political science major at the University of Mary Washington. At school Abigail acts as News Editor for her school's newspaper. In her free time she enjoys traveling, the beach, and reading Stephen King.
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|1||Not In My Schoolyard|
|2||Done With Dunn|
|3||Weaponizing Fear, Sowing Distrust|
|4||Rx Partnership Fights To Make Medications Affordable For All Virginians|
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Adam Lockett is a sophomore at VCU and serves as a member of the Transit Advisory Group.
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|1||Op-Ed: VCU’s Partnership With GRTC Is More Than An Investment In Transit|
Alan Rodriguez Espinoza
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Aleda is a writer and a student at George Mason getting her Master’s in English. Her writing interests includes: fashion, art, culture, philosophy and music.
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Local musician, show-booker, and gay man. Student at UMW.
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Alicen Hackney is a music journalism student at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. Her passion is sharing and exploring music and it's cultural ties, and she is always looking for new artists and styles.
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Allison Tovey is a writer and photographer studying journalism and creative writing at the University of Mary Washington. Her passion for sharing stories is rivaled only by her love of teen movies and cute old houses.
Allison Conwell grew up in upstate South Carolina. She got a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. She now lives in Richmond, Virginia and is working on Environment Virginia's Wildlife Over Waste campaign.
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Amy David was the Web Editor for RVAMag.com from May 2015 until September 2018. She covered craft beer, food, music, art and more. She's been a journalist since 2010 and attended Radford University. She enjoys dogs, beer, tacos, and Bob's Burgers references.
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Amy George is a 15 year resident of Richmond, VA and graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.
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Amy L. Rector, PhD, is an assistant professor of anthropology at VCU. She is a biological anthropologist who studies human evolution, digs up fossils in Ethiopia, talks about being a woman in science, and thinks everything is #AnthropologyAF.
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Andrew is a Cuban American marketing student at VCU with a concentration in Product and Brand Management. He enjoys traveling the world, listens to all genres of music, appreciates skateboarding and street culture, and will eat all of the m&m's from your trail mix if given the opportunity. Instagram: a_goetzinger
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Andrew Gionfriddo is a journalism student at Virginia Commonwealth University. He currently works for the Richmond International Film and Music Festival.
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|1||Doom Flamingo Rocks The Broadberry With Futuristic Synthwave Madness|
Drew Lucas graduated from Radford University. He enjoys photography, bicycling, music, writing, sociology, people, mountains, and water. He dislikes closed-mindedness.
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Anna Pivovarchuk is the Co-Founder, Deputy Managing Editor and Culture Editor of Fair Observer, having previously held the position of Europe Editor. As a freelance writer and editor, she has contributed to various organizations such as the BBC, United Nations, NBC, Arise TV, Foreign Policy Association and The Moscow Times.
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Arianna Rose is a VCU graduate, skilled in Public Relations & Music (Vocal Performance). When she’s not writing here, she enjoys taking in all the wonderful art & culture RVA has to offer, working as a makeup artist, singing, & volunteering at the VMFA.
Find her on Instagram: @the_rose_show
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Ash is a writer and improviser from Richmond. She has a BA in English from VCU and an associates in Theater. When she isn't writing or screaming on a stage, she can usually be found wherever the coffee is. Bill Murray is her favorite person along with her black cat, Bruce.
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Ashley Loth has been writing poems since she was a child. The Richmond-based artist is well known for her photography at Sound Snap Photography. She's working to put her words out there alongside her images. The Tragicly Poetic is a developing series of poetry and imagery. The poetry ranges from poems written in adolescence to present time. The first book in this series is set for release in October 2018 titled “My Goodbye Letter to You." This first project has been in the works for more than five years. It features more than 150 men and women from ages 18-70 photographed by Loth over the course of five years.
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|1||“The Tragicly Poetic” Series Opens A Dark World of Nightmares and Redemption|
Aviance Hawkes is a former Mass Communications student at VCU. Aviance is an eclectic, positive, colorful being that also works at the Institute of Contemporary Art at VCU, Urban Outfitters, and Ink Magazine. Along with that, she DJs, produces, and create in all aspects whether it’s clothes or crafting. I collect and love graffiti, art, and a variety miscellaneous things.
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Becky Ingram was with RVA Mag in the Summer of 2015 and has continued writing for RVAMag.com and GayRVA.com ever since, mainly submitting festival coverage. She has recently relocated to Berlin, Germany where she works as a photo-journalist for a fashion photographer. She hopes that her B.S. in Economics from VCU and her international journalism experience will help her acquire a content manager position for VICE Video some day. Her interests include surf cinematography, gonzo journalism, and funky bass lines.
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Benjah White is a Richmond-based commercial & portrait photographer. He got started with photography through his high school yearbook/newspaper and fell in love with the medium. Networking/ working with local professional photographers allowed me a hands on education and furthered my perspective within the medium. He credits his inspiration to mentors, teachers and historical photographers (namely Weegee, Robert Capa & Ansel Adams). Portrait photography has become his passion, and he is exceptionally intrigued by surrealist portraiture work, which is the bulk of my personal work, lately. Check out his work here: www.Benjah-Photography.com
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Benjamin West has lived in Richmond for about half a decade. He loves long walks on North Bank trail and adding to his collection of mid-grade pens. His New Year's resolution was to choose campy, sci-fi paperback illustrations for all of his Spotify playlists, but he's already tripped up a few times.
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Brandon is a lifelong Richmonder. He graduated from VCU with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. He writes about music, sports, politics, and general news.
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Brea is a senior at VCU studying broadcast journalism. She is an avid sports lover. Brea has recently tapped into her "foodie" side while covering local food events. When time permits, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
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|1||Ms. Girlee’s Kitchen Brings Outdoor Fish Fry to Fulton Hill|
|2||Hits and Misses of a City-Style Low Country Boil|
Brianna Scott is a senior at VCU studying journalism and is originally from the 757. Brianna enjoys Thai food, talking about racial and queer injustice, a bottle of red wine, and yelling at her Sims on the computer that can't hear her. She will write about anything and laugh about everything.
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Brock is an aspiring good doer, word playist and dastardly purveyor of fine humors. Born in Fairfax, Virginia, currently lives in Richmond trying to get his life straight and finally finish reading Infinite Jest. No longer smokes cigarettes.
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Bruce Allen is a professional Fashion/Portrait photographer living in Washington D.C. He breaks the traditional mold of a photog by being the outspoken face of his brand. Check out more of his work or face on his Instagram @thebruceallen.
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VCU Junior studying journalism and Spanish. Just doing my best with what I've got.
Soy un junior a VCU estudiando periodismo y español. Haciendo lo mejor que puedo.
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Caitlin is pizza-enthusiast, adventurer, and unofficial caterer. She has a love for travel writing and folklore, and can't wait to hear your ghost story. Caitlin has a degree in journalism from Virginia Commonwealth University. In her free time, she hosts the Virginia-based podcast, Something Spooky.
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Caley Sturgill is an editor and director at RVA Magazine. Drop her a line at [email protected] or find her on Instagram at @swamp_ma.
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Calyssa Kremer graduated from VCU with a double major in Art History and Painting and Printmaking. She currently lives and works in Richmond, Virginia.
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Cassie has been involved with activism, social justice, and non-profit organizations for over 15 years. She identifies herself a life long progressive who advocates for women's rights, incarcerated youth, immigration reform, and affordable health care. She is the founding member and CEO of Peninsula Voices for Change and currently Chair of the Southeastern Alliance Human Rights Committee and a licensed therapist in private practice, she lives with her husband and 3-year-old son.
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Cat Modlin-Jackson is a freelance journalist who's written extensively on food and urban farming. She's reported for the Houston Chronicle, Eater, and Civil Eats. When she's not writing, she's helping her husband run a non-profit kids' garden education program.
Cesca Janece Waterfield grew up in the woods and on the shore along the Rappahannock River, and in a one-stoplight town in King George County. She teaches writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she’s studying for a PhD. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming from Scalawag, Writers Resist, Deep South, and others. She received the 2017 Editor’s Prize in Fiction from MARY: A Journal of New Writing, judged by Natalie Baszile. “San Francisco” is part of a nonfiction manuscript she’s currently working on titled, Baleful Heirloom.
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Charles Rasputin is a writer and artist based in Norfolk, VA that creates and develops work for public viewership and cultural consumption. He curates aesthetic appeal, branded culture and emotional investment through visual representations for clients, collaborators and his community at large. His current work explores immersive environments, shadows and light, and the creeping darkness that dwells within us all.
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Multimedia journalist. Creative writer. Geek. Gamer. Bookworm. Lover of red wine and sunshine. Bachelor of Arts - The New School. Master of Science - Virginia Commonwealth University.
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Chaz Nuttycombe is a 19-year-old college student and lifelong RVA resident. He has been interested in politics since a very young age and has made punditry his primary hobby. He's worked on a couple of political campaigns and now writes for RVA Mag.
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|1||After Latest Poll, Brat/Spanberger Race a Toss-Up|
Chelsea Higgs Wise
Chelsea Higgs Wise is a social worker and intercultural communicator who specializes in connecting underserved and misrepresented communities to policymakers to advocate against racism and misogyny. As an activist who helps evolve narratives and policies, Chelsea has been an instrumental voice in numerous campaigns and was recently highlighted on the PBS News Hour as a community change-agent. Chelsea values genuine connection, authentic relationships, and meaningful impact. Ask her about how she’s recently worked with some of the coolest people in Richmond on feminine hygiene drives, diversity education summits and leadership initiatives for young adults.
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|1||Op-Ed: The Future Is Femxle: Mute Misogyny In 2019|
|2||Op-Ed: True Equity For Richmond Must Include Law Enforcement|
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|1||RVA Global: Going Beyond The Legend In Amsterdam|
Art is how we decorate space, It's what helped drive me to my passion for creating. My name is Chris Smart (The Art of CJS) and I'm a visual artist. I've always loved to create things with a intiment moment, something that pulls you in, I take a lot of inspiration from cinema, I've always loved get lost in the visual storytelling. Everywhere I go I see these little stories playing out around me. I like to sit back and watch then reinterpret. I think that's what I love most about photography, the ability to take what the world gives and give back what I see in it.
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Christina McBride is a junior at the College of William & Mary studying English and Creative Writing. Christina finally learned how to ride a bike but can't release her death grip to signal a turn. She plans on writing forever and is never going to die.
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Christopher Alan McDaniel is a 2015 VCU graduate with his Bachelor’s in English and a minor in Creative Writing. Chris aspires to be a collegiate professor of writing in his future. Until then, you can find him hosting free public creative writing workshops with the Filthy Rich and writing grants for Dogtown Dance Theatre. Chris can also be found around Richmond’s breweries and music venues enjoying what the city has to offer.
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Cliff Hyra is the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor.
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"The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Colin Woodward is a historian and the editor of the Lee Family Digital Archive at Stratford Hall. He is a graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, and Louisiana State University, where he received his Ph.D. in 2005. He is the author of Marching Masters: Slavery, Race, and the Confederate Army during the Civil War, available through University of Virginia Press. His history and pop culture podcast, Amerikan Rambler, is available at and on iTunes. He is writing a book on Cash called Country Boy: The Roots of Johnny Cash. He lives in Lakeside.
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Critiques for The Culture is a conversational podcast and WRIR radio show that focuses on the socio-political themes found within current movies, TV, and plays — covering all with humor. Hosted by two Black Queer folks of varying opinion, Critiques for The Culture aims to dissect our media, point out where we aren’t represented, and say what the rest of us are thinking. Taneasha and Brooke make up the CFC duo -- a couple of Black Queer folks who love their community, and love watching TV and movies.
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D. T. Jones
D. T. Jones has previously written about music for Landmark Media, Whurk Magazine, AltDaily.com, and POPSCURE. He is also sometimes a screenwriter, a poet, and a purveyor of bad jokes.
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|1||Reptile Tile Vs. Human Man: A Hot Take After Hot Tropic|
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Daniel Brickhouse is a Sophomore at VCU studying Gender Studies and Journalism. With a love for writing and social issues, he felt RVAmag was the perfect opportunity for him. With aspirations to eventually be a creative director for his own magazine one day. In his free time, he models and plays soccer.
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Deandrea Chavis is writer and student at Hampton University studying communications and journalism. When not studying she is busy binge watching tv shows, finding new music or fundraising for childhood cancer awareness. She lives by the quote "be a voice, not an echo" as she vows to bring attention to social, political and health issues.
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Devin Lanier is a student at Virginia Commonwealth University majoring in public relations and minoring in general business. She first found her love for writing for an audience after her travel blog became viral in the summer of 2014 amidst a cross-country road trip. After the trip was over, she didn't want her writing to be. She is thrilled to work in the public relations field and continue her passion for writing.
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Elias Hakim is a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University, pursuing a degree in Political Science and Sociology. He serves as the Treasurer of the Young Democrats at VCU. As the Chair of Virginia Young Democrats LGBTQ Caucus, Elias is working to make the Party more accessible and accountable to marginalized queer communities. He has also previously interned in the Virginia General Assembly, a role that he plans to return to for the 2019 legislative session. Elias hopes to pursue a law degree a few years after finishing undergrad. He wants to establish a career in law and politics to provide solutions to issues that he cares about, including but not limited to; social justice, protecting our environment, and increasing access to quality education both domestically and abroad.
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|1||Op-Ed: Young Democrats Respond to “Virginia’s LGBTQ Voters Should Give Republicans a Chance”|
Emilie von Unwerth
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Originally from Prichard, West Virginia, Emily has found herself using her mountain roots to navigate Richmond. With a love of writing, Emily hopes to give a voice to those who often do not. She studies Journalism and History at Virginia Commonwealth University.
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Emma is a senior Print/Online Journalism major at VCU. She is interning with RVA Hospitality and writing blog posts for them this summer. In her free time she likes to spend time at the river and eat good food.
Eric Hause is the publisher of OutWire757.com, Hampton Roads’ LGBT blog and magazine. He and his husband spend countless hours and dollars exploring and supporting Hampton Roads queer and allied businesses and organizations.
Evan Draim is pursuing a law degree from George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. He is a Public Policy Specialist for ServiceSource, as well as the 10th District Representative for the Young Republican Federation of Virginia. Evan is extremely passionate about bringing the conservative message to groups that may not traditionally vote Republican. As an openly gay Republican, he has advocated conservative principles to the LGBT community. He led the effort to have a contingent of Republicans marching in the Capital Pride Parade for the past two years, served as chairman of LGBT Virginians for Vogel (the first LGBT coalition supporting a Republican statewide candidate in Virginia), and drafted a 2018 Pride Resolution adopted by the Young Republican Federation of Virginia.
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|1||OP-ED: This Midterm Election, Virginia’s LGBTQ Voters Should Give Republicans a Chance|
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The LGBTQ voice for Virginia.
George Copeland, Jr.
George is a senior and Mass Communications major at Virginia Commonwealth University. His work has been featured in over a dozen outlets, including the Richmond Free Press, the Virginian Pilot, and others. He enjoys reading, podcasts and good music.
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Ginny studies English, journalism, and American Studies at the University of Mary Washington. When she's not on her crusade to save the free press, she choreographs for her dance company and consumes excessive amounts of coffee and avocados. Her ultimate ambition in life is to write for the New Yorker and own approximately twenty cats.
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|1||…And MetallicA For All: A Glimpse Into the First 10 Years of the Masters of Metal|
Hadley, originally from Roanoke, Virginia, is a photojournalism major at GWU. She's passionate about documenting issues of incarceration and restorative justice in DC. When she's not taking photos, she's spending time in nature or watching RuPaul's Drag Race.
Henry Haggard, a 7th grader at Tuckahoe Middle School, is an advocate for equality and an activist for the ACLU of Virginia. He has hosted two ACLU-sponsored events, created a civil liberties club at his school, started a petition to protect the fourth amendment with policing in Henrico, and formed the official ACLU People Power grassroots campaign facebook page for Richmond, Virginia.
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|1||The Power Of The Simplest Of Actions|
|2||Broadening my Perspective on Technology by Debating AI|
Hip Hop Henry
Virginia St. Trojan x Hampton Pirate. Internet Radio Host. The Cheats Movement Podcast Co-creator. Half decent DJ at WRIR 97.3 FM. Dreamer for Hire. A Knxwbody.
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James Braxton is the key relationship builder for RISE For Youth. James cultivates community awareness and collaborative opportunities to build with key stakeholders. James is the creative lead for initiatives undertaken to implement RISE for Youth’s strategic plans. Previously James was a Juvenile Justice Organizer at LAJC. As a previous Boys & Girls Club Area Director, James developed a youth program for photography and music and secured grant funding to implement the program. James developed a leadership program for youth to teach the skills of professionalism and ethics in the work place. James studied Human Services at University of Phoenix, and is a Restorative Justice Certified Facilitator. James is dedicated to community empowerment and youth development and brings to the RISE team an ability develop and turn youth and community partnerships into action that results in successful advocacy efforts.
James Daymond Evans, known professionally by his stage name Campaign, is an American hip hop recording artist. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia.
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Jason Lappa is a photographer, journalist, and documentarian based out of Charlottesville, Virginia. He is also a contributor for RVA Mag and is leading a project called PROTESTOR, an an ongoing journal of photographs that I am logging as I attend protests and marches across the United States for the duration of the Trump Administration.
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Jayla McNeill is a journalism student at Virginia Commonwealth University and contributor to RVA Magazine. Her writing includes politics, diversity, art, culture, and social issues.
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Jeff Smack is a Virginia native and a man of contrast. Equal parts restless creative, spiritual seeker and analytical thinker — he works in advertising with a background in design and strategy. In his free time he aspires to be sitting quietly by a river attempting to go unnoticed by the landscape.
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Jesse Scaccia is the editor of AltDaily.com. He is a founder of Decriminalize Norfolk, and a communications consultant associated with NORML.
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|1||‘Legalize Virginia’ to Elevate the Discussion Around Marijuana Reform|
30 year old RVA native living in Los Angeles. VCU class of 2011 graduate with B.A. in World Cinema. Movie theaters are my sanctuaries. Currently pursuing M.A. in Film Studies and writes volunteer film reviews for several online publications.
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Jimmy O'Keefe is a senior at VCU studying journalism and political science. Jimmy enjoys booking shows, eating ice cream around town, and hanging out with Oregon Hill's sweetest street cats.
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Field reporter for GayRVA/RVA Mag. RVA born and raised. Theatre nerd, french fry lover, dog-obsessed, die-hard Montreal Canadiens fan. Storyteller. William & Mary 2020, Sociology.
John Reinhold is a CEO, shareholder, and President of Inkwell Ventures. Inkwell is the founding company of RVA Magazine, Inkwell also owns GayRva.com and RVA On Tap.
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Jonathan is a Portrait & Concert Photographer. Born and raised in Richmond, Va.
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I'm a sophomore political science and communications major at University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I like mac n' cheese and the color green. I spend an inordinate amount of time obsessively consuming all forms of media.
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Katie Beam is a 38-year-old Licensed Veterinary Technician and freelance writer who spent her elementary school years in Paris, France and her middle and high school years in rural northwestern Virginia, where she spent her time studying English Literature and competing in various equestrian sports. She currently resides in Richmond, VA with her fiance and their 4-year-old pit bull, Gata. She divides her time between writing and helping her fiance cook for his RVA based catering company, SoCo Catering
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Assistant Professor of Focused Inquiry at Virginia Commonwealth University
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Katie Watkins is a public historian with an emphasis on early American history. She is a National History Day and Virginia Association of Museums volunteer and graduate of Christopher Newport University. She has spent the last ten years interpreting history throughout the Historic Triangle and now calls Richmond her home. She currently works as a public archaeologist in Williamsburg and can usually be found the rest of the time taking long walks through the city with her husband and greyhound.
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Kerry Anderson has offered her talents as a pillar of the Richmond arts and culture communities for over the past ten years, and has been an executive board member at Gallery5 Arts since 2015. Her distinct passion for cultivating a synergistic community for the arts in Richmond has taken on many forms, and brought together otherwise diverse communities of creatives and movers. Her other interests include beagles, communal meals and the lifetime of emotion that happens in a second because of art.
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|1||The 21-Year-Old Entrepreneur Who Wants to Wash Your Car|
|2||Atlanta-Born Urban Art and Music Event Comes to Richmond|
Powered by coffee, Kyle Shearin is a regular contributor for RVAmag for better part of the decade. Mr. Shearin studied journalism/film at VCU while eventually graduating from the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in English Lit. Started KCC (Kyle's Criterion Corner) in 2015. Probably likes a lot of the same stuff you do.
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Lana recently graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. She served as editor-in-chief for the university newspaper, The Daily Mississippian, her final year there. She is a Mechanicsville native, but her work has taken her all over the United States' Southern region, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Sri Lanka. When Lana's not in the office or on an interview, she's probably with her black lab Cooper, eating local food, or seeking adventure elsewhere.
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Prior to returning to the US, Landon was an overseas security and intelligence professional that specialized in high risk and complex environments, spending almost thirteen years between Africa and the Middle East. He hold’s a Master’s Degree from American University in Conflict Resolution and was a former journalist and producer for VICE Media. His writing on foreign affairs has been published in World Policy Journal, Chatham House, Small Wars Journal, War on the Rocks, and the Fair Observer, along with being a regular commentator in the New York Times on the Middle East.
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Lee Lynch has been writing lesbian fiction since the 1960s, and is an important influence in modern lesbian literature. Her syndicated column, The Amazon Trail, has been running since 1986. She lives with her wife, Elaine Mulligan Lynch, in the Pacific Northwest.
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Lucienne Nghiem is a published photographer, filmmaker, and designer based in Richmond, Virginia. Her work has been seen across the East Coast as official selections in festivals such as VHSL, the Virginia Film Festival, and the Poe Film Festival. As primarily a portrait and live event photographer, Lucienne loves working with people and the incredible electric buzz of energy that comes from photographing live shows. Along with photo/film, Lucienne's other interests lie in environmentalism, activism, and running a digital platform called Kinecttd, which is inclusive of showcasing work as well as a podcast, blog, and social media. She is one of many co youth leaders for the Environmental Youth Council of Virginia.
Madelyne is a Richmond native and staff writer at RVA Magazine, primarily covering politics and white nationalism in Virginia. She spent the past four years working and living in D.C., earning her B.A. in journalism and running to the White House every time the President sneezed. Follow her on Twitter at @madelyne_ash.
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Maggie Campbell is a junior at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. She is originally from Oakton, Va. Maggie is the president of Ohio University’s chapter of Society of Professional Journalists. She is also the education writer, a copy editor and a social media contributor for The Post, a student-media outlet at Ohio University. She enjoys writing public affairs, political and human-interest stories.
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Arguably the laziest person on Earth.
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Margeau is a 27-year-old Virginian who has always been passionate about the environment and animals (including the strange human species). She spent her early school years being homeschooled, which allowed her to travel around the state, discovering her love of Virginia in the process. She is a graduate of VCU in Psychology and Environmental Science.
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Marty Mitchell-Netting has self-published a novel, The Sensation Inside, and has several more in progress, including an expansion of this story. She has a BA in English and a MA in Creative Writing. She lives in Stanardsville, Virginia with her husband David.
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A meat popsicle.
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Matthew is a freelance journalist inspired by the Beat Generation N.B. Allen Ginsberg & Jack Kerouac. Trying to uncover true stories and discover new perspectives, Matthew works, reads, and travels extensively.
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Matt is the president and co-owner of Riverside Outfitters. He resides with his wife, Stephanie, and two kids (when they're home from college) in Richmond's Stratford Hills neighborhood. When not working, you'll find Matt mountain biking, hiking around Richmond from brewery to brewery with his wife, watching his daughter play soccer, or visiting his son in NYC.
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|1||Op-Ed: Offshore Drilling Is Bad for Virginia’s Future|
Matthew Conover is a writer attending nursing school. His work has appeared in RVA Mag, Gadfly, Pretty Much Amazing, and It's Going Down. He also assists in the production of a new WRIR radio show about the proposed pipelines, which you can stream now, called End of the Line.
He lives in Woodland Heights.
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Matthew S. Sporn
Matthew Sporn is a journalist and blogger born and raised in RVA. He began his writing career on Tumblr. That led to Examiner.com, an internship at RVA Mag, and then the Odyssey at VCU. If it's politics, Matthew is covering it. He is on Twitter @Matthewrva.
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Megan Wilson is a freelance writer and marketing professional. She contributes fashion content for RVA Magazine, which is fueled by her work as a stylist and blogger behind SweetSauceBlog.com. She wants to give the Richmond fashion community a voice by telling the stories of designers, creatives, and business owners on the rise. She also covers topics including travel food, business, health, and beauty.
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Michael Millions is a Richmond rapper and co-founder of Purple Republic Music Group. Stream his newest album, Hard To Be King, on SoundCloud at soundcloud.com/michaelmillions.
Mike McCabe is a Richmond native recently returned home after time spent teaching in Spain, Oregon, Texas, and North Carolina. He is a grad student at VCU and also works as the Richmond director for the international concert series, Sofar Sounds. Mike is a borderline-belligerent supporter of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, likes cold bodies of water, and can often be found walking in Church Hill with his Boston Terrier, Hugo.
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Mitchell Paige is a graphic artist, aspiring comedian, and writer with a focus on not putting all his eggs in the same basket. Mitch frequently vists the city; you can catch him participating in open mics around town or covering events here in RVA, Lynchburg, and Charlottesville.
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Montigue Magruder was born Charlottesville and has lived in Richmond for nearly 20 years. He got involved in local politics in 2010 when he spoke against GRTC Transit System's proposed fare increases. He served on the GRTC & Transit Study Task Force from 2012-2013. He is a member of Industrial Workers of the World, Richmond Crusade for Voters, Richmond NAACP, and the Richmond Green Party. Montigue ran for Richmond City Council in the City's 5th District during the 2016 election cycle. Montigue is on the ballot as a Green Party candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 69th District.
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I’m a senior at VCU studying Broadcast Journalism that’s hoping to be an on-air news reporter once I graduate. My hometown is RVA.... well, just right outside of it in Midlothian. Throughout my whole life, I was undecided on what I wanted to do for my career. I then found my passion for news and journalism in high school. The end goal for my career is to take my talents to a news room.
GayRVA editor-in-chief, RVA Magazine editor for print and web. Anxiety expert, proud trans woman, happily married.
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Nick Mills is a former British Army Intelligence Corps operator who now works as a political / security analyst in the Middle East; he holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Leicester. As a father of four young boys, Nick is a Lego, WWE wrestling and Nickelodeon expert.
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Student at VCU majoring in Journalism and minoring in English. Passionate about the environment and living as environmentally conscious as possible. Born and raised in Miami, Florida.
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Olivia is a web developer and small business owner that resides in Southwest Virginia.
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The Peedmont is a Virginia-based independent news network that focuses on news and events around the great Commonwealth of Virginia. Originally formed by a group of colonists during the American Revolutionary War in 1779, we've since grown as a company to over 5,000 employees, multiple branches state-wide, and have proudly been awarded three Nobel Peace Prizes. We were there when the British burned Washington in 1814, when Lincoln addressed Gettysburg, and were among the first reporters onsite at Pearl Harbor.
Our mission has always been to report on current events from around the glorious state of Virginia. We're here to bring you the most accurate reports from all necessary social, economic, and political standpoints, leaving no stones unturned in the process. The Peedmont strives to represent the finest in journalistic integrity, and we hope you look to us when the news breaks in your neck of the woods.
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Raised on the mean streets of Midlothian, VA, Richmond's own Daniel Harnsberger arose from one of central Virginia's more conservative areas to become the world's most famous Progressive Liberal wrestlers. His journey to get there took him all over the country and across the globe. Now he's drawing upon those experiences as he answers your questions about politics, wrestling, life and love and all subject matters in between.
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Rabbi Michael Knopf
“Richmond’s Rabbi,” Rabbi Michael Knopf is the Rabbi of Temple Beth-El in the Museum District and an active member of T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. Named one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” by The Forward and one of Richmond's "40 Under 40", Rabbi Knopf is a fellow of Rabbis Without Borders, the Clergy Leadership Incubator, and Leadership Metro Richmond. He is active in numerous local, national, and international organizations that champion racial and economic justice, human rights, and interfaith partnership.
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|1||The Disappeared: A Richmond Rabbi Takes On Human Rights In Guatemala|
Full time NICU nurse, part time horror story writer.
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Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. is the President & CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, a minister, community activist, U.S. Air Force veteran, and one of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life. He entered the world of Hip Hop Politics when he served as the Political and Grassroots Director of Russell Simmons’ Hip Hop Summit Action Network in 2003 and 2004. He was also a key architect of P. Diddy’s “Vote Or Die!” campaign. In 2004 he founded the Hip Hop Caucus to build a sustainable organization for hip hop politics. As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, Hip Hop Caucus is a multi-issue organization with a progressive agenda focused on: strengthening democracy; civil and human rights; climate change and environmental justice; and, economic empowerment. Hip Hop Caucus works to hold elected officials accountable and leverages culture to engage young people in the advocacy and civic process. Through a collaborative network, Hip Hop Caucus focuses on addressing core issues impacting under-served and vulnerable communities with programs and campaigns that support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders. Learn more at HipHopCaucus.org. Follow HHC online @HipHopCaucus on all social media platforms.
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Rich Meagher is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Social Entrepreneurship at Randolph-Macon College. He teaches and writes about American conservatism, the Religious Right, and atheism and politics, and blogs about Virginia politics at RVAPolitics.
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|1||VCU Homecoming Has Become An Annual Staple For Local Hip Hop and R&B|
|2||Chance the Rapper’s The Big Day Is an Album Worth Diving Into|
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RVA culture rag since 2005. #RVA
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RYAN KENT is the author of Poems For Dead People, and vocalist of Gritter, Murdersome, and BLK LLC. He drinks at bars, apartments, and row houses in Richmond, VA.
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Ryan Persaud is currently studying Mass Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University. They enjoy reading and writing interesting stories, listening to various podcasts, and wasting the rest of their free time on video games. They are also an obsessive Twin Peaks fan.
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S. Preston Duncan
S. Preston Duncan is a poet, End of Life Doula, caregiver, and BBQist in Richmond, Virginia. Recent aspirations include becoming the Jason Isbell of literature, stealing Death's laughter, and transcendental pimento cheese. His poetry has appeared or been selected to appear in Tulane Review, Circle Show, Levee Magazine, Unstamatic, Coffin Bell Journal, *82 Review, the Yardstick Books "Water" anthology, "Show Us Your Papers" anthology, and elsewhere.
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Saffeya Ahmed is a senior at VCU studying journalism and political science. Enjoys painting, writing poems, and watching Friends.
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Sage Cannady is a college student with a passion for documentary film. They are working on a BA in Political Science at VCU. When they are not frantically studying or watching Netflix, they can be spotted drinking frozen lemonade and reading a good book.
Born and raised on classic films, Sam has been interested in films from the moment he opened his eyes. He spends his time catching up on the movies he's missed and writing his opinions on them.
Sarafina Sackey is a Senior at VCU majoring in Broadcast Journalism.
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|1||The Urban Farm Tour is Highlighting Richmond’s City Farmers|
Sarah Allen is a local writer and activist, born and bred in RVA.
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Sarah Honosky is a field reporter for RVA Mag and GayRVA. She likes 90's cult classic television, biking, and writing about Richmond arts and culture.
Sarah Kerndt is a graduate of Christopher Newport University with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Film Theory. Her taste in food is equivalent to that of a third-grade birthday party ("I love cake!"), she loves killer whales, and her lil' pitbull named Maple.
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I’m a student at VCU studying public relations. I’ll try anything once, especially if it’s an appetizer. I’m too curious for my own good. I appreciate a live band and a good happy hour.
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|1||Richmond Restaurant Romance: Ideal First-Date Spots For Any Budget|
|2||I Went To Switch, And Now You Have To|
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Booking Agent at Flora, Bassist at Clair Morgan and Music director at WRIR 97.3 fm Richmond Independent Radio
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Silvia Serrano is a writer and journalism student at the University of Richmond from Madrid, Spain. She has a special interest in environmental issues, although she also enjoys writing about social and cultural topics.
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|1||Op-Ed: Virginia Needs The Green New Deal|
Spencer Davidson is a photojournalist specializing in arts and entertainment. Outside of concerts he also works in portrait photography.
Samantha is a Virginia Beach native currently studying communications with a concentration in digital media at Longwood University. She specializes in women's issues and empowerment in politics and visual and performing arts.
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Stephanie M. Rizzi
Stephanie M. Rizzi taught high school English full-time for 11 years, most recently at Hermitage High School in Henrico County, where she was also journalism instructor/sponsor. She is currently an instructor in the Department of Focused Inquiry at VCU. She is active in her community and has volunteered for several community service projects in conjunction with the Richmond YMCA. She is the past president of her neighborhood association, The Randolph Community Group, and has done much work to resolve disputes and foster positive relations between student renters and long-time homeowners in her neighborhood. Her research interests include the preservation of the history of traditionally African American neighborhoods in Richmond, specifically “The West End” and Jackson Ward. She enjoys sharing with students that she’s been at VCU since she was 17, and she is a huge step aerobics enthusiast.
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|1||Op-Ed: For the Love of All of Our Children|
Stephen Allen is the Site Manager of the International Rescue Committee in Richmond, Virginia. Stephen has 9 years of experience with the IRC – initially starting as a volunteer at the IRC in Phoenix. Stephen knew he would be committed to working with refugees during the economic Recession of 2008, when more than 1,100 refugees arrived in Phoenix needing work. As an Employment Specialist, Resettlement Supervisor and now as Site Manager, Stephen has built bridges for refugees and their host communities. Stephen holds a Master’s Degree in International Development and Poverty Studies from the University of Birmingham, England.
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Stephen Wood writes about politics, sports, history, and any combination thereof. His work has appeared in Paste Magazine, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and These Football Times, among others. A Richmond native, he is currently based in New York.
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|1||Delegate Lee Carter Hates the Amazon Deal. We Asked Him Why.|
Stu lives in Charlottesville, VA with his wife and 2 children. He has a big passion for people and promoting underground streetwear and creatives. STUDIGS.com is a platform that showcases these brands and artists through photography and interviews.
Sydney Lake is a writer at RVA Magazine. Telling stories in a meaningful way is her deepest love, and writing is her trade of choice. She also loves good food, old music and passionate people. Think pimento cheese biscuits with a side of Steve Miller Band.
Sydney Skidmore is a Richmond-based blogger who got her start in writing when she began doing a personal column on sex and relationships for HennyNCoke.com. Since then, she has launched her own website SydneyLikeAustralia.com where she has continued her personal column and began incorporating interviews with people of interest. In addition to her writing, she is a volunteer for not only UnlockingRVA, but also WRIR 97.3 where she is currently working on starting a talk show called Sydney Like Australia.
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|1||Peter $un: Still Scummy Sunny|
Talya Faggart is a Senior at VCU studying Broadcast Journalism. She enjoys fashion, music, and watching Rick & Morty.
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|1||Kanye Only Cares About People Making America Great Again|
Taylor Patzman is a journalism student at VCU and former theatre student. Besides writing, her interests include ska revival, leopard print, and poorly cut bangs.
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|1||More Fire Than You Can Shake A Flaming Baton At|
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Tim is a local part-time photographer and full-time music fan...but he likes to stay hard to find.
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|1||Photos: The One and Only Queen of Bounce|
Tony The Pilgrim
Wandering the seas of cheese.
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Vivienne Lee is a graphic designer and arts writer at RVA Magazine. She majored in Communication Arts at VCU and has worked with Richmond Magazine. She enjoys pugs, boba tea, and has an moderately impressive collection of Star Trek memorabilia.
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Will McLeod is a journalist and activist living in Washington, D.C. He began his career in independent media covering Occupy Wall Street in New York City, and later worked on covering the Scottish Independence Referendum in 2014. He has been active in British and American politics, both as a campaign worker and advisor. His weekly podcast, Hopping Mad, covers economics and politics, and can be found at ImHoppingMad.com. He is on twitter as @WillMcLeod99.
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Wyatt Gordon is a born-and-raised Richmonder who holds a master's degree in urban planning from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and a bachelor's degree in international politics from the American University in D.C. Wyatt is an urban planner and community organizer working to foster safer, more sustainable cities and greater civic participation in local government.
Zachary Brown is a J.D. Candidate at the University of Richmond School of Law and is running for the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s 10th State Senate District.