2022 Fall

Jackson Ward

Cover story

Out of the past

Sisters Enjoli and Sesha Joi Moon are using their nonprofit, the JXN Project, to explore the lost grandeur of Richmond’s Jackson Ward neighborhood

Franklin Street Gym article collage

Feature

The Franklin Street Gem

The concerts. The basketball games. The brushes with celebrity. Seventy years after Franklin Street Gym opened, two years after it was torn down and as a new building rises where it once stood, an ode to VCU’s beloved, sweltering, cubby-size gymnasium ... and all it witnessed.

Jaden Mitchell

Feature

Art Is Afoot

Inspired by social media, Jaden Mitchell, a sprinter on the VCU track and field team, started making sneaker art. Now his painted kicks are worn by NBA and Olympic stars.

A black man receives a vaccine from a doctor

Conversation

The roots of medical mistrust

In his ethics course, dentistry professor Carlos Smith teaches the dark history of medical exploitation of Blacks in America — and how to address its persistent effects