Virginia: Balancing Act


Virginia is in a state of struggle between the past and present. Balance in nature and balance in community requires people of all backgrounds, ethnicities and tribes. There is so much in the balance and activists are stepping in to maintain that equilibrium.
Virginia’s James River was the gateway to “the New World” with the original colony at Jamestown established on her banks. The Capital of the Historic Monacan Nation was in an area along the banks of the James River called Rassawek. Monacan Nation Chief Kenneth Branham, whose ancestors lived in villages at Rassawek, talks about how modern development is threatening the tribe’s traditional burial site. The Rassawek community was much, much larger (in terms of population) than the colony at Jamestown and yet most of the preservation concern and interest in government goes to Jamestown.
Hosts Earl Bridges and Craig also venture to the rural town of Yogaville to speak with activist Swami Dayananda. There they learn more about not just conservation on the James River but how a life in pursuit of healthy, organic and locally grown food and medicine will have a positive impact on all of us, our communities and the planet.
Residents of the river city and Virginia capital, Richmond, are determining the future of how black business is going to evolve and change in future. Earl and Craig sit down over beers with a group of black changemakers and entrepreneurs to talk about the future of the city.