by Channing Mathews The story of Pearl Island Cafe is a search for identity, passion, and roots. The delightful smells and artwork of the...
Food and Drink
However You Drink, Drink in Harmony
Channing Mathews, Community Development, Entertainment, Food and Drink
written by Channing Mathews, featured photo credit: Niya Bates If I’ve ever met anyone who has very much embodied the spirit of their own brand, it...
Experience Santo Domingo Like a Dominican
Alexa Rodríguez, Entertainment, Food and Drink, Travel
by Alexa Rodríguez Most Americans looking for a memorable Caribbean getaway find themselves surrounded by ads or Instagram posts of the picturesque...
Community Cornerstones: Mel’s Cafe
Business, Channing Mathews, Community, Community Development, Food and Drink, History, Hometown Heroes
by Channing Mathews This month my journey through the Black food and wine-ways of Charlottesville led me to Mel’s Café on Main Street, run...
Pass the Cornbread!
Business, Channing Mathews, Community, Community Development, Food and Drink
by Channing Mathews When I think of cornbread, I am immediately transported to my maternal grandma’s Floridian kitchen, where both my grandma and...
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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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