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15 Now Roanoke

Hosted by Community Cultivators

In response to the scheduled announcement today from Senator John Edwards and Delegate Sam Rasoul

15 Now Roanoke is a community movement about raising the lowest standard of living, about ensuring decency for all of us, college degree or not. In the 2nd richest country in the world nobody, especially those who work, should live in poverty. One of our mottos is “Everyone’s worth a living wage”. Continue reading 15 Now Roanoke

Confessions of a stay-at-home dad

by Larry Hester, writer

My editor has been asking me since I first started writing this column to talk about what it’s like being a young, Black stay-at-home dad. I didn’t address it initially since I felt too inexperienced at the time to speak on it. But after two years of being a dad, I finally feel like I’m at a place where I can explain it without sounding like a total moron. Continue reading Confessions of a stay-at-home dad

Candidates debate spirited but offered no surprises

The Roanoke Branch NAACP and local chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority hosted a public forum Friday, Oct. 16 for candidates in the Nov. 5 Virginia Senate race.

WDBJ reporter Joe Dashiell moderated the well-handled event held at the Roanoke Higher Education Center downtown.

Among the six candidates on the ballot, the four who participated–vying for 21 District Senate were incumbent Senator John Edwards (D), Nancy Dye (R) and Don Caldwell (I).

Newcomer Mike Hamlar was the sole participant at the debate, running for 19th District Senate–as his opponents David Suetterlein (R) and Steve Nelson (I) did not attend. Continue reading Candidates debate spirited but offered no surprises

New exhibit highlights the heritage of “The Tobacco People”

Heritage: Sam Witcher (center) with family, owners of tobacco farm in Rocky Mount.
Heritage: Sam Witcher (center) with family, owners of tobacco farm in Rocky Mount.

by Francois Clay-Tor

Harrison Museum of African American Culture at The Center In the Square opened a new exhibit “Tobacco People:  Africa and the Americas,” Saturday, Oct. 17, knocking it out of the park for the large audience of attendees. This photo essay by a Roanoke based photographer, Sarah Hazlegrove, captures her journey documenting the integral role that Africans and people of African descent played in the commercialization of tobacco for 400+ years. Continue reading New exhibit highlights the heritage of “The Tobacco People”

Food Forest flourishes in northwest

Ezekiel Nance from New Leaf Tree Care leads planting operations assisted by volunteers.
Ezekiel Nance from New Leaf Tree Care leads planting operations assisted by volunteers.

by Kamila Love

The weather Monday Oct. 12 was bright and beautiful, you couldn’t ask for a more perfect day for gardening. The morning sun was shining on the busy volunteers that were tending to the future Food Forest and Goodwill Community Garden just off of 24th St. NW.

Roanoke Community Garden Association (RCGA) in partnership with Goodwill, Virginia Tech Landscape Agriculture Program put together the event funded by RCGA, Goodwill, Member One Federal Credit Union, Rutherfoord Insurance and Roanoke Valley Club. Continue reading Food Forest flourishes in northwest