Sadeqa Johnson’s ‘Yellow Wife’

Hear a riveting discussion between award-winning author Sadeqa Johnson and motivational speaker Dennis Parker, Ph.D, about the bowels of slavery at the infamous “Devil’s Half-Acre,” a jail where enslaved men and women once were tortured and sold every day in Richmond, Virginia. Learn about the lingering effects of such inhumane treatment. Award-winning author Stacy Hawkins Adams will introduce the speakers and lead a question-and-answer session.

May 17, 2022 – 6:30 p.m.

Free on Zoom

This program is sponsored by MLH Assets Management. LP

BND Summer Media Camp 2022

New location, new faces, new activities!

During the fifth year of the BND Institute’s Summer Media Camp, middle and high school students will report, write, photograph and video stories that illustrate the impact of COVID-19 in Richmond, Virginia two years after the start of the pandemic. Students participating in the program are required to be current on all vaccinations, including the COVID-19 vaccination. For more information please call Bonnie Newman Davis @ 804 683-7203 or email:

Bonnie Newman Davis is executive director of the BND Institute of Media and Culture, Inc., a program that was launched in 2018 for middle and high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in journalism and the news media. Learn more about Ms. Newman Davis.

2022 BND Summer Media Camp Sponsors

John R. Rich

Eric and Sarah James

Ruth E. Carter AfroFuturism in Costume Design

Academy Award winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter

Photos and Text – Bonnie Newman Davis, Journalist, Journalism Educator, Media Consultant

Executive Director, BND Institute of Media and Culture, Inc.

Wow! It was so worth the ride to Roanoke, Virginia’s Taubman Museum to view the Ruth E. Carter AfroFuturism in Costume Design Exhibit on April 3, 2022, its last day in the commonwealth! Ms. Carter, a Hampton University graduate, is the first African American to win an Academy Award (2019) in the Best Costume Design category for “Black Panther”. Her costumes from other movies such as “The Butler,” “Selma,’’ “Amistad” etc., also were on display. I walked away in awe of all that is involved in the artistry and art of fashion and costuming —-it goes beyond appearance and style by incorporating practicality, utilitarianism, classism and so much more. What a wonderfully enlightening weekend! And where were you?

Spring forth

Programs and events near and far


Rita Ricks

Enjoy Jazz on the James where guests will enjoy a Southern menu of delights with “RR” signature cocktails and FLO (for the love of…) brand spirits. Uniquely, Rita and Marcus will blend conversation and music, and there will be dancing! Couples and Singles alike can join the afternoon of sweet sounds and soulful chat.

Sunday, April 10, 2022 ~ The Estate at River Run

2421 River Road ~ West Maidens, Virginia 23102



The KLM Scholarship Foundation’s annual Black and White Affair is back! After a two-year hiatus, the popular fundraiser will take place April 16, 2022 at the Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Va. DJ Lonnie B. will be in the house, along with Richmond’s numerous corporate sponsors and guests who love a party with a purpose.

Kimberley L. Martin

Led by founder Kimberley L. Martin, the KLM Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was established and incorporated November 2002 in Richmond, Virginia. The foundation was granted its tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service March 2003. The primary purpose of the organization is to raise funds and distribute book scholarship awards. The scholarships are academic-based and target college students faced with financial obstacles. Ms. Martin founded the philanthropic foundation 20 years ago because of her tremendous desire to support anyone seeking a quality education.

Click here to visit the KLM Foundation.

Click Here to register for the 12th Black and White Affair.


Jazz Inside Out 2022

Rose Giles

The Jazz Inside Out Fundraiser is sponsored by Virginia Higher Education Fund, a nonprofit corporation (run by all volunteers) formed to provide Momentum Scholarships & emergency aid to college students in need. Rose Giles is the face and voice behind the electric fundraiser. The 2022 annual Jazz Inside Out event, to take place July 2, 2022 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will help raise funds for the Momentum Scholarship.
For more information, visit this link.

Phillip “Doc” Martin & Band