The Inward Journey of Dr. Wes Bellamy

What I notice very early as we are having this conversation is that what people may not necessarily see on the surface is that Wes is deeply rooted in his faith and in his family.  “My family means the most to me.” But Wes even wants to extend that idea of family beyond those he is related to. He says, “When I say family, I mean more than blood relatives. I mean big brothers, sisters, aunties, and uncles. God has sent people in my life to help me and to guide me, and I wouldn’t be the person I am without them.”

Words With Juan: The Future of Public Education

Teaching critical thinking will also be a large part of the educational component in the future. Again, critical thinking is taught today, but primarily as part of other assignments. Not as an independent subject. Future residents, workers, leaders will need to be critical thinkers in order to thrive and be productive citizens.

We (Still) Wear the Mask

On June 22, 2018, Justin Reid (far left), Virginia Humanities' director of African American Programs and co-creator of #UnmaskingCville, and Samantha Willis (far right), journalist and co-creator of #UnmaskingCville and #UnmaskingRVA, pictured with the series' panelists (from left): Niya Bates, public historian of African-American Life at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, student activist Zyahna Bryant, Mayor Nikuyah Walker, and journalist Jordy Yager. Photo Credit: Pat Jarrett, Virginia Humanities

Owning My Masters

One of very few Hip Hop professors in the country, Professor Carson’s role is groundbreaking and historical to say the least. Wanting to assist in the merge of Charlottesville the college town and Charlottesville’s rap scene; Cason reminisces on his time in Decatur Illinois where he says he was a member of multiple communities. “I always felt like I had one foot on either side of that divide. Being a student at that university and being a resident of that town and being a member of that community.”

Podcast Network Launch

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28 Days of Black Hair

No matter what background or ethnicity we belong to, hair, or the lack of it, is a part of our appearance. It’s an integral piece of how we present ourselves, helping define our personality without us having to say a word. When our hair is not accepted or when it’s deemed “bad hair” we can start to think that maybe there is something bad about who we are. Maybe we aren’t pretty or beautiful because our hair doesn’t look like the women in the magazines we read or movies we see. Maybe we’ll draw too much of the wrong sort of attention or look unprofessional if we opt for a bolder haircut, locs, or a voluminous twist-out.