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Real-life, personal stories about Richmond, Virginia.

Finding Home

By |Family, Richmond, Shared Stories

This story was originally published in the August 2017 issue of Richmond magazine. Halfway through middle school, I asked my mother to homeschool me. She apparently thought it was a good idea, since she homeschooled me through 10th grade. Despite the occasional expression of disapproval and even ridicule, I loved the [...]

I More Than Survived, I Thrived! How an After-School Program Helped Change the Trajectory of My Life

By |All In, Empowerment and Triumph, Faith, Family, History, Making an Impact in the Community, Memoir, Reflections, Richmond, Shared Stories, Tragedy and Loss

… I was 14 years old.  It had been 10 long years of abuse from my untreated mentally ill mother and 6 long years of sexual abuse from my mother’s third husband. One morning as my mother physically and mentally abused me, a week after returning from the abortion clinic [...]

Shopping While Black

By |Richmond, Shared Stories

Last week I watched a CNN series titled The first time i realized i was black, about  Black Americans' childhood experiences. It was sobering, but it made me realize that I am lucky.  Unlike most of my American born Black friends, I grew up in Jamaica and so I never had [...]