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A Taste of Richmond, Virginia

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  1. Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, in the United States. It is an independent city and not part of any county. Richmond is the center of the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and the Greater Richmond area. The population within the city limits was 204,214 in 2010.

  2. Richmond emerged from the smoldering rubble of the Civil War as an economic powerhouse, with iron front buildings and massive brick factories. Freed slaves and their descendants created a thriving African-American business community, led by such influential people as Maggie L. Walker (first woman to charter a bank in the U.S.) and John Mitchell, Jr. The city's historic Jackson Ward became known as the "Wall Street of Black America."

  3. Richmond entered the broadcasting era in late 1925 when WRVA, originally known as the Edgeworth Tobacco Station and owned by Larus & Brothers, went on the air. The white ballad singers and black gospel quartets that were popular on the radio at the time were often urban and sometimes even professional men. At the time, Richmond was particularly self-conscious with its southern roots, and such music was seen as culturally inferior.

  4. Richmond's elite society has also been portrayed in various popular culture references, such as in 1920s novels by Ellen Glasgow and James Branch Cabell, or the 1990s television sitcom A Different World, which featured the character Whitley Gilbert, an obnoxious and wealthy African American debutante.

  5. A multi-million dollar flood wall was completed in 1995, in order to protect the city and the Shockoe Bottom businesses from the rising waters of the James River. After the flood wall was completed, the River District businesses grew rapidly, and today the area is home to much of Richmond's entertainment, dining and nightlife activity.

  6. In 1996, a reminder of Richmond's Confederate history arose amid controversy involved in placing a statue of African American Richmond native and tennis star Arthur Ashe to the famed series of statues of Confederate heroes of the Civil War on Monument Avenue. After several months of controversy, the bronze statue of Ashe was finally completed on Monument Avenue facing the opposite direction from the Confederate Heroes on July 10, 1996.

  7. Morgan Quitno Press ranked Richmond the ninth-most dangerous of 354 cities in 2004. Richmond was ranked overall as the 5th most dangerous city and the 12th-most dangerous metropolitan area in the United States for the year of 2005. The following year, Richmond had seen a decline in crime, ranking as the 15th-most dangerous city in the United States. By 2008, Richmond's position on the list had fallen to 49th.

  8. Richmond's government changed in 2004 from a council-manager form of government to an at-large, popularly elected Mayor. In a landslide election, incumbent mayor Rudy McCollum was defeated by L. Douglas Wilder, who previously served Virginia as the first elected African American governor in the United States since Reconstruction.

  9. Richmond has a humid subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers and generally mild winters. The coldest weather normally occurs from late December to early February. Summertime high temperatures reach 90 °F on 37 days per summer, and while 100 °F levels are not uncommon, they do not occur every year. Precipitation is rather uniformly distributed throughout the year. However, dry periods lasting several weeks do occur, especially in autumn when long periods of pleasant, mild weather are most common.

Radio Stations
WRIH 88.1 FM Richmond, VA Christian Contemporary
WHCE 91.1 FM Highland Springs, VA Top-40
WCDX 92.1 FM Mechanicsville, VA Hip Hop
WRVQ 94.5 FM Richmond, VA Top-40
WRIR (LPFM) 97.3 FM Richmond, VA Variety
WKJM 99.3 FM Petersburg, VA Urban Contemporary
WHTI 100.9 FM Lakeside, VA Top-40
WKJS 105.7 FM Richmond, VA Urban Contemporary
WBTJ 106.5 FM Richmond, VA Hip Hop
WGGM 820 AM Chester, VA Gospel Music
WRNL 910 AM Richmond, VA Sports
WXGI 950 AM Richmond, VA Sports
WREJ 1540 AM Richmond, VA Gospel Music
WFTH 1590 AM Richmond, VA Gospel Music

Demographics of Richmond, Virginia

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WHAT: Beauty-n-Motion" 5k Walk Run 4 Life

WHEN: Saturday, October 22, 2016

LOCATION: Bon Secours Redskins Training Center REGISTRATION: 8:00am

WALK: 9:30am



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Businesses in Richmond, Virginia

A small percentage of the businesses listed on may not necessarily be black owned and operated but have received favorable reviews from users who have visited the establishment, or from the owners themselves who warmly seek out African American patronage.


  1. Aziza Beauty Supply -  Category: Black Beauty Supply -   PO Box 38975 Richmond, VA (866) 648-7577

  2. B.A.D. - Braids And Dreds -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   206 East Clay Street, Richmond VA (804) 278-9114

  3. Braids And Dreds -  Category: Natural Hair -   6949 Hull Street Road, Goodes Bridge Square Shopping Center Richmond, VA. (804) 276-3200 - (visit website)

  4. Designs by Shentell -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   10310 Midlothian Tpke Ste21, Richmond VA (804) 330-3126  - (visit website)

  5. Essence of Braiding & Weaving -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   8030 W. Broad St., Richmond VA (917) 653-1389  - (visit website)

  6. Irvin's Salon -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   1923 W. Cary Street, Richmond VA (804) 358-4915

  7. Just In Time Mobile Beauty Supply -  Category: Black Beauty Supply -   PO Box 75582 Richmond, VA (804) 200-2878

  8. Kool Hair -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   Richmond VA (866) 605-8341  - (visit website)

  9. Moe's Hair Design & More -  Category: Black Hair Salons - Specialties includes Hair, Weaving -   3910 Meadowdale Blvd, Richmond VA (804) 714-0071

  10. Natural Beauty Salon & Spa -  Category: Black Hair Salons - Home to the most beautiful Locs ,Twists and Braid styles in Richmond. -   4857-B Finlay Street, Richmond VA (804) 222-2424  - (visit website)

  11. New Beauty Supply -  Category: Black Beauty Supply -   P.O. Box 7908 Richmond, VA 23223 (804) 248-1298

  12. New Beginnings Beauty Supply Store -  Category: Black Beauty Supply -   4101-E Townhoue Rd. Richmond, VA 23228 (804) 986-9233

  13. Nu Tribe Barber Shop & Hair Salon -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   7825 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond VA (804) 683-4732  - (visit website)

  14. Shawn's Hair N'more -  Category: Black Hair Salons - Licensed professional hairstylists offering a complete range of styling services -   8030-G West Broad Street Salon Plaza Suite 117, Richmond VA (804) 422-9338  - (visit website)

  15. Sparkle Beauty Supply -  Category: Black Beauty Supply -   3110 Carolina Ave. Richmond, VA 23222 (804) 248-2081

  16. Styles by Kolandra -  Category: Black Hair Salons - Skilled to work with all textures of hair -   8030-G West Broad Street Salon Plaza Suite 117, Richmond VA (804) 479-6523 - (visit website)

  17. Supreme Clientele Hair Salon -  Category: Black Hair Salons - "Good Hair" is healthy hair -   3707 Hull Street, Richmond VA (804) 615-5345 - (visit website)

  18. Top Notch Styles -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   Richmond VA (804) 335-6917 - (visit website)

  19. Zantasia's Hair Fantasy -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   Richmond VA (540) 322 2666



  1. Elite enterprise LLC -  Category: Janitorial Services -   Minority owned janitorial company providing cleaning service in the Richmond Virginia area for over 4 years. We provide professional, excellent services to all of our clients; there is no job out of our range. We provide cleaning for both residential and commercial properties.   - 4324 Fox Trotter Drive, Richmond, VA (804) 551-4542

  2. Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center -  Category: Conference Center -  Just a short drive from downtown Richmond, our Midlothian hotel's accommodations are pleasing to business and leisure guests alike. From our relaxing Atrium Waterfall Lobby, to our well appointed guestrooms - The Holiday Inn Richmond - Koger Conference Center is the perfect choice. If you're planning to take advantage of our Midlothian hotel's accommodations, you'll be glad to know that we offer a business center and fast free FIOS high-speed Internet access throughout the hotel. Find it all under one roof - extensive conference space, modern amenities and impeccable service in a friendly environment.   - 1021 Koger Center Boulevard, Richmond, VA (804) 379-3800  (visit website)

  3. Intensive Community Outreach Services LLC -  Category: Counseling Services -   We are a provider of Behavioral health counseling services. We currently offer Intensive In-home counseling services to children and adolescence ages 5-18. Counselors have weekly individual counseling sessions along with group family session.   - 501 East Franklin St Suite 516, Richmond, VA (804) 431-7777

  4. Kingdom Village African-American Christian Child Care Center -  Category: Services -   5263 Warwick Road, Richmond, VA 23224-2444 (804) 228-4830

  5. One Force Books -  Category: Black Bookstore -   217 E. Clay Street Richmond, VA 23219

  6. Richmond Jazz Society -  Category: Jazz Education -   PO Box 25723 Richmond, Virginia 23260 (804) 643-1972   (visit website)

  7. Smooth Groove Dance Studio -  Category: Dance -   To R&B, jazz, blues, neo soul etc .. we teach handdancing, steppin, detroit ballroom, graystone, 2 step, west coast swing, east coast swing, cha cha, rumba, argentinetango, shag, bop.   - 109 West 15th st., Richmond, VA (804) 399-2050 (804) 874-2156   (visit website)



  1. Ann's Soul Food Restaurant -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   216 E Broad Street, Richmond, VA (804) 643-5337

  2. Coach B'S Soul Food Take Out -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   410 W Brookland Park Boulevard, Richmond, VA (804) 329-3901

  3. Grandma's Soul Food -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   3825 Walmsley Boulevard, Richmond, VA (804) 714-0401

  4. L's Soul Food Restaurant -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   4917 Nine Mile Road, Richmond, VA (804) 622-4990

  5. Ophelia's -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   6346 Midlothian Trnpk, Richmond, VA (804) 745-6716

  6. Ro'Chel'Los Soul Food Jazz Restaurant -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   5956 Brook Road, Richmond, VA (804) 266-4430

  7. Sandra's Soul Food -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   1800 Fairmount Avenue, Richmond, VA (804) 716-9064

  8. Sandy's Restaurant & Lounge -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   2424 North Avenue, Richmond, VA (804) 329-7263

  9. The Welcome Table Northside -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants - Catering, quiche, homemade soups, great soul food -   100 East Brookland Park Boulevard, Richmond, VA (804) 228-1050

  10. Touch Ov Soul -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   14 N 18th Street, Richmond, VA (804) 648-1279

  11. Tropical Soul Sea & Soul Food Cafe -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   314 N 2nd St, Richmond, VA (804) 771-1605



CLIPS FROM A DANCING GOOD TIME IN RICHMOND VA. MUSIC BY: William "Bootsy "Collins -First One To the Egg.




  1. Crusade for Christ Family Worship COGIC -  We are of the pentecostal expression of worship.   - 1700 West Moore St, Richmond, VA (804) 359-1502  - (visit website)

  2. Ebenezer Baptist Church -  216 West Leigh Street, Richmond, VA (804) 643-3366  - (visit website)

  3. First Baptist Church -  1501 Decatur Street, Richmond, VA (804) 233-7679  - (visit website)

  4. Metropolitan African American Baptist Church Kingdom Village -  5263 Warwick Road, Richmond, VA (804) 232-9900

  5. Mosby Memorial Baptist Church -  2901 Mechanicsville Tpke, Richmond, VA (804) 648-2472  - (visit website)

  6. Sharon Baptist Church -  22 East Leigh Street, Richmond, VA (804) 643-3825

  7. Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church -  14 West Duval Street, Richmond, VA (804) 648-7511  - (visit website)



  1. Caribbean Mingle -  Category: Nightclub -   17 W Main St, Richmond, VA (804) 780-0013

  2. Club 534 -  Category: Nightclub -   534 N Harrison St, Richmond, VA (804) 353-9670

  3. Court Cafe -  Category: Nightclub - 30 and over crowd -   1021 Koger Center Blvd, Richmond, VA (804) 379-3800

  4. Jazzy Blues Cafe -  Category: Nightclub -   7825 Midlothian Tpke, Richmond, VA (804) 726-4500

  5. Richmond Funny Bone -  Category: Comedy Club -   11800 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA (804) 521-8900  - (visit website)

  6. Ro'Chel'Los Soul Food Jazz Restaurant -  Category: Entertainment -   5956 Brook Road, Richmond, VA (804) 266-4430

  7. The Camel -  Category: Nightclub - Hosts Jazz, jam, indie acts. -   1621 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA (804) 353-4901

  8. 9:55 Club Comedy -  Category: Comedy Club - Comedians seen on Comedy Central, HBO and more! -   1700 Dock Street, Richmond, VA (804) 878-0918  - (visit website)



  1. Capital City Kwanzaa Festival -  (DEC)  The Showplace - 3000 Mechanicsville Turnpike Richmond, VA - (visit website)

    Enjoy this African holiday each December with musical and dance performances.

  2. Second Street Festival -  (OCT)   Held at Abner Clay Park Richmond, VA 23219  - (visit website)

    Annual event with plenty of people coming to Richmond’s historic Jackson Ward to enjoy live music.


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