“Police, police. KKK. How many kids did you kill today.”
“They say Jim Crow, we say hell no.”
Chants of protest filled the air in downtown Richmond Tuesday night as men, women and children took to the streets to rally against the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown.
Hundreds of protesters met at the steps of the John Marshall Courts Building where several VCU students gave speeches voicing their disagreement with the decision and showing support for Brown’s family and the Ferguson community. The crowd then marched through the downtown area, chanting, singing and waving signs of protest.
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It’s like a scene from an episode of “Lost.” A Boeing 727 lies in the middle of the woods, suspended among the trees, as if it crashed in the forest and was quickly abandoned. The plane is eerily out of its element. But instead of finding wounded crash survivors wandering the woods looking for help, the only one you’ll find in this scene is a single man, inside the plane, lounging happily on a futon. The man’s name is Bruce Campbell, and he has spent much of his life savings converting this retired 727 into a home.
His aircraft home, residing on a forest property in Hillsboro, Oregon, is a fulfillment of his lifelong interest in aerospace technology. As a child, Campbell was fascinated with planes. He saw footage of an aircraft boneyard, where planes are left after being decommissioned from active service, and thought “Wow, wouldn’t it be cool to have one of those.” Due to a long career as an electrical engineer and some savvy investing, the 60-year-old, self-described nerd has built a sizable nest egg, which has allowed him to achieve his lifelong dream.
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Jane Downs was about to start the long drive home back to Philadelphia when she decided to take a little detour. Quickly pulling into a convenience store parking lot at the corner of Grace and Harrison streets, Downs hopped out of her car to snap a picture.
Like many Richmond visitors, she was enthralled by the massive graffiti-art murals created by the Richmond Graffiti Project that can be found throughout the city. In order to get the full, Richmond experience, she decided to give herself a quick, self-guided tour of the best murals she could find.
“Oh, it’s beautiful,” Downs said, speaking of the enormous mural called “Moonshine,” which is a depiction of a women bathing in a jar of strawberries.
After taking a few pictures, Downs left in a hurry to go find another mural before leaving Richmond.
“Moonshine” is just one of the many large-scale graffiti murals that have been created throughout the city in the past two years by the annual Richmond Mural Project, which will begin again this June.
The annual Black Maria Film & Video Festival makes a stop at VCU’s Grace Street Theater on Wednesday, April 2, to showcase experimental short films from up-and-coming directors.
Award-winning films have been selected for this nationwide tour, which is in its 33rd year.
The event will have screenings of 12 selected short films, followed by a discussion between the filmmakers and attendees, said Anderson Gallery Director Ashley Kistler. The films will include a variety of genres produced by filmmakers from various nationalities.
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Introducing monthly presentations of TEDTalks
In an attempt to bring students together for an exchange of ideas, the Ram to Ram Program of the VCU School of Business has begun a series of TEDTalk video presentations.
Each video lecture is followed by a discussion between students and faculty. The discussion is intended to further explore the attendees’ opinions on the topics presented, said Ram to Ram coordinator Claire Calise.
The monthly series is designed to be a sharing of ideas and to spread worldly knowledge, Calise said. She wanted to start a program in which students could relax during breaks between classes, but also learn something interesting.
RICHMOND, Va. – The image of a naked woman staring blankly occupied the left side of the TV screen. On the right side was a video of a factory town, with smoke stacks pumping thick white smoke into the sky.
It was a video piece from LaToya Frazier’s “A Haunted Capital” exhibition. The Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University hosted a reception Friday for the opening night of the photo and video showcase, on loan from the Brooklyn Museum.
VCU Freshmen Austin and Veronica viewing Frazier’s photos