by Naila A. Smith, PhD Zyahna Bryant is a powerhouse. At 22 years old, the Charlottesville native, youth activist, and community organizer, has...
The #100Cuts Initiative
Business, Community, Community Development, Education, Health and Wellness, Hometown Heroes, Naila Smith
by Naila A. Smith, PhD; Featured photo by Madeline Walsh and edited by Marley Canteen In 2020, firearm-related injuries became the number one...
Exploring Black Brussels: A Trip to Matongé
Community Development, History, Naila Smith, Travel
by Naila A. Smith, PhD I recently visited Brussels, Belgium, a small country in the west of Europe, nestled between France, Germany, Luxembourg, and...
Raised/Razed: A Documentary Film on Vinegar Hill
Arts, Community, Community Development, History, Hometown Heroes, Naila Smith, State Of The City
by Naila A. Smith, PhD “Raised/Razed” is an hour-long documentary film produced by the VPM Media Corporation and written and directed by Lorenzo...
Prolyfyck: Getting Through Something Hard with Somebody
Community, Community Development, Health and Wellness, Naila Smith
By Naila A. Smith, PhD In 2006, William “Will” Jones III moved to Charlottesville, Virginia. A barber by profession, he started cutting hair at...
Vinegar Hill Magazine is a space that is designed to support and project a more inclusive social narrative, to promote entrepreneurship, and to be a beacon for art, culture, and politics in Central Virginia.
Community Development, Education, Hometown Heroes, Naila Smith
Zyahna Bryant: Black Woman Activist
by Naila A. Smith, PhD Zyahna Bryant is a powerhouse. At 22 years old, the Charlottesville native, youth activist, and community organizer, has shown up, spoken out, and been a catalyst for change in her community for the past decade. Zyahna’s first racial...
Health and Wellness, Katrina Spencer, Travel
#Blaxit: We’re Not in Kansas Anymore
When I connect with Devon Davis Kitzo-Creed through Zoom, it’s 7:00 p.m. in Central Europe for her and 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in the States for me. Devon has immigrated abroad and is pursuing midwifery studies. Yes-- the age-old profession of bringing life...
Business, Channing Mathews, Community Development, Food and Drink
The Pearl of the Antilles in Charlottesville
by Channing Mathews The story of Pearl Island Cafe is a search for identity, passion, and roots. The delightful smells and artwork of the Caribbean-inspired restaurant draw you in for a warm taste of the Caribbean, right in the heart of the Jefferson School African...
Community Development, Education, Entertainment, History, Hometown Heroes, Niya Bates
(re)Reflector 02: A Queen Celebrates Juneteenth and Black Freedom
by Niya Bates and Ms. Maxine Holland If you’ve attended a Black cultural event in Charlottesville, chances are you’ve seen Ms. Maxine Holland adorned in regal West African prints, with a gele (Nigerian) or duku (Ghanaian) head wrap crowning her head as she danced...
Community Development, Education, Entertainment, Health and Wellness, Jessica Harris
Jayla Rose Hart & The Black Monologues
by Jessica Harris; featured photo of Jayla Rose Hart by John Robinson You might not have heard of multi-hyphenate artist and poet Jayla Rose Hart, but undoubtedly it won’t be long before you do. Jayla’s star burns brightly and, thankfully, she has no plans of...
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