For two decades, a group in Central Virginia has been reviving the art of radio dramas. The Glen Allen-based On the Air Radio Players includes a rotating cast of actors who perform both classic and original screenplays. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.
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Across Virginia, hundreds of thousands are affected by food deserts which are defined as urban neighborhoods or rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Filmmaker Jesse Vaughan explores both the problem and solutions in his film, “Living in a Food Desert.” Iria Gomez, an intern at 88.9 WCVE, filed this report.
Award-winning filmmaker Jesse Vaughan began his career in the news department of WTVR-TV6 in Richmond and at the age of 22, was hired by NBC where he directed the Jesse Jackson Show for Quincy Jones Entertainment, and America’s Black Forum with Julian Bond.
He also worked on NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, the Charlie Rose Show, and the McGlaughlin Group.
At MTV, he directed music programs featuring Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Paula Abdul, Melissa Etheridge and Steve Winwood.
He directed the TV series “In Living Color” and the 2002 feature film “Juwanna Mann.”
A recent graduate of VCU’s dance program is tackling issues of race, identity and the human condition through a new initiative called The Red Project. Led by artistic director Johnnie Cruise Mercer, the premiere aimed to generate dialog about the high rates of HIV in Richmond. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
A new exhibit at the Valentine Richmond History Center explores the changing identity of Church Hill, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. As Catherine Komp reports for Virginia Currents, the exhibit was created through a unique collaboration between students, residents, artists and educators.
One of the films featured at this week’s Richmond Environmental Film Festival examines the geography, history, culture and health of the Rappahannock River.
January is National Mentoring Month, an initiative that raises awareness about the positive impact of mentoring. One of the largest mentoring organizations, Big Brothers Big Sisters, has connected youth with positive role models for decades. But in many parts of the country, including Central Virginia, there’s not enough mentors to meet the community’s needs. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.
Across Virginia, thousands of students live in unstable housing situations, making it difficult to stay in school, graduate and enter college. In part two of our series on homelessness, Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp looks at some of the support systems helping youth who don’t have a place to call home.
Each January, advocates across Virginia conduct the annual homeless census. Part of the population that’s often difficult to count are people who are doubled-up with relatives or living in hotels. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp spent time with one family who experienced this kind of homelessness and brings you their story.