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Editor’s Letter: Let’s Talk About Race

By Karen E. Jones   |   August 2, 2020

Celebrating Five Years of Colorful Voices

By Karen E. Jones   |   July 6, 2020

At the Feet of Out Elders: Reverend Archie Lloyd Richmond

By Sabrina Tolbert   |   June 5, 2020

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Editor's Letter: Let's Talk About Race

Dear Family, It’s never just one event that sparks a movement. There are many. Suddenly, though,...

By Karen E. Jones / August 2, 2020

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Celebrating Five Years of Colorful Voices

Since my arrival in 2017, ColorsVA magazine has featured amazing people, visited interesting places...

By Karen E. Jones / July 6, 2020

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At the Feet of Out Elders: Reverend Archie Lloyd Richmond

As a young activist and community organizer, often times I am left with a feeling of inadequacy, or as though...

By Sabrina Tolbert / June 5, 2020


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Life Has Been Very, Very Good to These Salem Sisters

Time – 199 years, more than 72,635 days, 1,743,240 hours and 104,594,400 minutes – that’s the time...

By Jordan Bell / May 20, 2020

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Lessons From Teaching in Higher Education During a Global Pandemic

As a professor at a small, liberal arts college, the most important and wonderful thing about what...

By Patricia Sagasti Suppes, Ph.D. / May 12, 2020

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Husain Alam Striving for the Essence of Architecture

In literature, character is indelibly shaped by setting. This adage revealed itself to be true for Husain...

By Betty Jean Wolfe / April 6, 2020


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Hollins’ First Tenure-track Black Professor Creating New Pathways

 Dr. T.J. Anderson III, recognized poetry as his calling at an early age.  He grew up on the historically...

By Sherese Gore / February 25, 2020

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Black Love Matters Conference Focuses on Domestic & Sexual Violence

Discussing domestic and sexual violence is difficult. It becomes especially problematic to discuss when...

By Team ColorsVA / February 17, 2020

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Desire To Teach A “Principal” Goal For Franklin County Educator

 Teaching is the fulfillment of a lifelong passion for Dr. Bernice Cobbs. Cobbs was a married mother...

By Sherese Gore / February 12, 2020


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Christiansburg Institute: Segregation, Integration and the Gift of Education

In the opening Note of his book, The Souls of Black Folks, W. E. B. Du Bois wrote, “The problem of the Twentieth...

By Betty Jean Wolfe / February 3, 2020

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Envisioning Equality: A mother and daughter reflect on the Equal Rights Amendment

It is days until members of the Virginia General Assembly will converge at the state capitol to welcome...

By Guest Columnist / January 15, 2020

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Lupus Sufferer Doing Her Best “Making Lupus Look Good”

Our 20s is a time filled with potential. Dream jobs and the promise of independence and adventure seem...

By Jeremy Angione / December 9, 2019


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A Healthier And More Welcoming Roanoke

Immigration has always been an essential part of the character of Roanoke. Our diversity is our greatest...

By Patricia Sagasti Suppes, Ph.D. / November 14, 2019

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Where’s the Diversity in Performing Arts in Our Part of Virginia?

I threw myself headfirst into Virginia’s performing arts community when I auditioned and was cast in my very...

By Kiesha Preston / October 1, 2019

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The Blame Game

In light of and well-publicized movements including  #metoo, the Purple Campaign and Time’s Up, a common...

By Stacey Sheppard / October 1, 2019


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A Point of View: LeBron James and His Unapologetic Pursuit of Fatherhood…

By Ryan Bell Since becoming a father in 2012, I have been afforded the opportunity to experience fatherhood...

By Guest Columnist / September 1, 2019

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Do you mind if I give you a hug?

A simple hug (Spanish: Abrazo) is one of the most essential forms of communication for Latinos. The act of hugging...

By Carolina Smales / July 2, 2019

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What is Environmental Justice?

Environmental justice is the fair and equitable treatment in the implementation and enforcement of all environmental...

By Guest Columnist / June 8, 2019


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Get Outside Your Car

Visiting Voice Roanoke is an outdoors town. You hear this all the time. And, of course, it is true...

By Guest Columnist / May 20, 2019

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Domestic Violence does not discriminate!

Domestic Violence and intimate partner violence do not discriminate. They show no boundaries of sex,...

By Guest Columnist / May 20, 2019

Black Women Triumph

I come from a long line of extraordinary women – a mother who was a first generation college graduate,...

By Guest Columnist / April 10, 2019


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