"Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," in theaters this week, centers the stories of Black women as leaders, something pop culture scholar Grace D. Gipson, Ph.D., says has the power to make a difference in how Black girls and women see themselves - and how others see them. “Representation is essential and important because what we see in pop culture influences and offers us a viewpoint into how we make decisions, how we view things, the way in which things are portrayed and people are portrayed,” says Gipson, an assistant professor of African American Studies at VCU's College of Humanities and Sciences. (Courtesy Walt Disney Studios)

The smartest person in the Marvel universe, how ‘Black Panther’ – and its sequel – changed Hollywood and why representation in pop culture matters

Nov. 10, 2022

“‘Black Panther’ has changed the game of saying what can and does sell. It wasn’t just Black people who went to go see ‘Black Panther;’ everybody — the world — went to see it,” says Grace D. Gipson, Ph.D.

a three-person band giving a performance on stage

Conference celebrates Black and Indigenous sound in the early Atlantic world

Nov. 9, 2022

The event was capped off by a performance from "Mexilachian" band Lua Project.

VCU grad Summer Lambert's DIYgrrl workshops have attracted participants eager to learn valuable life skills. (Contributed photo)

VCU grad learns the art of the startup through DIY project

Nov. 9, 2022

Summer Lambert, who received a creative advertising degree at VCU, has a new business that holds classes designed to teach women a variety of life skills.

greg smithers posing near statuettes of the letters v.c.u. on the v.c.u. campus

From Two-Spirits to Long Man, Smithers brings contemporary understanding to Indigenous heritage

Nov. 7, 2022

The professor of history works to provide “intellectual multivitamins” to students and readers, inspiring them to do their own research.

Urban agriculture is among the areas of focus for the Institute for Sustainable Energy and Environment. (Getty Images)

VCU launches Institute for Sustainable Energy and Environment

Nov. 3, 2022

The institute will help faculty from across the university work on projects that address the climate change crisis.

alix bryan-campos in a classroom showing a student something on her laptop

Bryan-Campos isn’t just teaching journalism, she’s cultivating citizens

Oct. 31, 2022

Capital News Service students leverage technology in a new context.

“Despite decades of efforts to reduce racial pain disparities, the pain of Black patients continues to be underdiagnosed and undertreated,” said Nao Hagiwara, Ph.D., co-lead of a new NIH-funded study. (Getty Images)

NIH awards $2.4M grant to VCU psychology professor to study racial disparities in pain management

Oct. 27, 2022

Nao Hagiwara will co-lead the research effort, saying, “There is an urgent need to address this decades-old issue by taking an innovative approach.”

julian glover speaking with a student

Glover’s work on self-determination is not just theoretical but deeply personal

Oct. 24, 2022

The activist, performer and iCubed scholar studies and celebrates the embodied knowledge of marginalized communities.

Connect: Community Engagement Conference's organizers hope community members will share their perspectives on how to address the issues that are relevant to the larger community, including challenges facing the region around health, education, equity and cultural vitality. (Contributed image)

VCU invites community to participate in Connect: Community Engagement Conference on Nov. 2

Oct. 24, 2022

Day of learning, networking and skill development will highlight the impact of successful community partnerships.

Film camp participants Bradley Baawuah, James Dew Hall and Leanna Morris prepare to film a scene under the instruction of VCU School of the Arts graduate student Manavi Singh (center) at VCU. (Photo by Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

East Marshall Street Well Project engages community through film camp, K-12 education and archival research

Oct. 24, 2022

A new grant supports public education, community research and public communication around the East Marshall Street Well and its history of structural and medical racism.