Kimberly Johnson 
Member since Oct 9, 2013

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Re: “An open-mic series, Sound-Off Saturdays, provides a showcase for Richmond artists

I love that this community is finally getting some outside love and attention! Jamil, you are awesome for bringing this together in conjunction with Maple Bourbon. Thank you for asking me to be a part of it- I am honored and blessed, my dude. Having said that, I want everyone who reads this to know that there are more venues for RVA artists out there. And all of those places need mainstream support, too. So, I encourage everyone to get out and explore the "underground"- cause it is life changing and will bring an end to the "there's nothing to do here" blues.

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Posted by Kimberly Johnson on 01/20/2019 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Behind the Walls

First, I would like to say to Billy, that this article does not place blame on 'the white villain' and cannot do so, because the decision makers in this great city are AFRICAN AMERICAN. There is blame enough to go around and if you look hard enough, you will see that we are all to blame, as I believe was stated in the article. Secondly, I would like to add a little insight into the 30% housing that is supposed to be set aside for 'low income' families, which is purportedly there for those citizens in public housing... If you go to any of these 'new' buildings and inquire within about the pricing, you will find that there are monthly minimum income requirements that one MUST meet in order to qualify to live in said precious building. These minimum requirements usually start around $26,000 for a 3 bedroom apartment home. Maybe for the general public, this amount does not seem unreasonable, but I challenge you to find ONE person living either in public housing or in Section 8 housing who can meet those types of qualifications? AND if you cannot find one out of every single adult living in environments previously mentioned, how are you even abiding your own policy??? To add to this qualification, if you are a Section 8 recipient, these places hike their rents almost $100- which means if you would have qualified for a 3 bedroom under the published rents, you most likely won't under the Section 8 rents, because, you know, the nicer things have to be saved for the people who can afford 'EVERYTHING'. And I also echo Lillie's statement about tearing African American families apart. (While I don't necessarily condone this activity) all across America, young (mostly Caucasian) males are turning the sale of marijuana into booming businesses- BUT young African American males are STILL in our jails for doing the same thing... Way to go Lillie for being a vessel in bringing all of this to the forefront.

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Posted by Kimberly Johnson on 07/03/2014 at 8:55 AM

Re: “The Search for Hope

This is a fantastically written article. I echo and agree with almost everything written. However, when it comes down to these sentiments and feelings being heartfelt by the author, I call absolute BS. You see, if this is what she truly felt, then in June past, she would not have agreed so vehemenently to close Clark Springs Elementary School- a school that was home to children from areas such as Gilpin Court, Jackson Ward and Highland Park; a school that was at a performance rating of 9 out of 29; a school filled with the 'hopeless' child she describes so vividly in this article- and yet, those children had hope, those children excelled. If her concern was genuine and heartfelt, then why was she so eager to close this place of hope? If these were true sentiments, why didn't she push for a plan that would tackle our schools that either were not performing well or were falling apart and in dire need of repair? The story that was fed to the public was that Clark Springs needed to close in order to save 1 million dollars so that other projects could remain to help those 'hopeless' children... What the author won't tell you though, is when the School Board- on which she serves- closed that one elementary school- which she actively and aggressively supported- the hope of approximately 320 children was dashed and torn into tiny unrepairable pieces. She will also not tell you, the reader, that the decision to close one school resulted in the overcrowding of SEVERAL Richmond elementary schools (how can you claim to want to make things better when you place our children, MY CHILDREN- in this type of environment?) and also resulted in Richmond's more affluent children going to the newer and more technological savvy schools while the less affluent children are sent to the decrepit schools talked about in this article (when you vote to do this, how can you cry foul over a jail that is being constructed to do what you have already started?) And finally, how can you be in a position that you are- where you are charged with creating a positive environment, where children are able to succeed according to their own personal developmental standards- and say that children from specific areas or regions of RVA are hopeless? The very fact that the author had the gall to call out certain communities and say those children are hopeless takes the hopes and dreams of those children from them and tells them they aren't good enough and are supposed to be the rottenness others perceive them to be. Well, I live in one of the called out areas. My daughter lives in a called out area. My God-children live in a named area. I have friends who live with their children in those areas mentioned. We ALL HAVE HOPE. We hope for better. We work and strive daily for better. I will close with this: your sentiment is fake and will not get you anywhere. And if you have had a sudden and complete change in your 'attitude', then your words AND actions must show that and FYI, telling children they are hopeless does not echo or show a feeling of wanting children to succeed or have any hope in a better anything.

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Posted by Kimberly Johnson on 03/20/2014 at 5:13 AM

Re: “Three’s a Crowd

Wonderful article! It is a little disconcerting to admit that I was among several Virginians unaware of this candidate... So, how do we get him known? I firmly believe that the only way we can get things accomplished is to change the way we have been turning this wheel. I wish more people would get on board and invested in what is actually going on around them- Cuddos to Daniel P. for attempting to let the masses know that there is another way.

Posted by Kimberly Johnson on 10/09/2013 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Click Here to Fix City Council

I am just wondering why City Council would want to work 'around' the schools... Shouldn't the goal be to work with the schools? More importantly, shouldn't it be City Council, the School Board, the Community at large and even the Mayor ALL working together for the betterment of the city as a whole?

Posted by Kimberly Johnson on 10/09/2013 at 3:59 PM

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