Thursday, June 29, 2017


Special to the Guide PORTSMOUTH Beginning July 7th, Resistance & Resilience: A Memoir Workshop of the Jim Crow Era, a cost-free creative writing class, will meet for eight Friday mornings in July and August from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Colored Community Library Museum in Portsmouth, providing an opportunity to celebrate through the written word the […]

PORTSMOUTH Popular 70s R&B vocal group Ray, Goodman & Brown was the headliner at the Seawall Festival in Portsmouth on Saturday night (June 10). The group, originally called the Moments in the late 1960s but for contractual reasons changed their name to Ray, Goodman & Brown in 1979, has reorganized with new members, but still […]

Almost two months after Portsmouth Councilman Mark Whitaker was indicted on 20 felony charges of identity fraud, forgery and using forged checks,  he still  has strong support among many of the city’s residents. His support is strongest among African Americans and some Whites who do not believe that the long time public servant could have been […]

Portsmouth G Fest Productions held its Heaven International Gospel Fest in Portsmouth on Saturday (June 3) at 2603 Chestnut St. The event was hosted by local gospel radio personality Brother Donald L. Eason. The spiritual-praise concert was co-headlined by the Hurdle Brothers of Portsmouth and the Singing Pastors of New Jersey. Other regional and local […]

PORTSMOUTH The City of Portsmouth held its 133rd Annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday (May 29) along High Street and hundreds of area residents who lined up along the parade route to view the 86 entrants march in the nation’s oldest, continuous parade. The parade, which first started in 1884, featured local politicians such as […]

PORTSMOUTH The City of Portsmouth celebrated its 27th annual Umoja Festival during Memorial Day weekend at the Portsmouth Pavilion and Festival Park. The festival drew thousands of area residents to downtown Portsmouth in celebration of African culture and to promote cultural diversity and unity of family, community, and the nation. The festival was opened by […]

PORTSMOUTH The BCC documentary, “Unarmed Black Male,” was shown Saturday (April 29) at Zion Bethel United Church of Christ. The family of slain Portsmouth teen William Chapman also held a remembrance service marking the second year of his death at the hands of Portsmouth police officer Stephen Rankin, who was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced […]

Some area residents already know him for his famous “sweet potato pies,” even calling him “The Sweet Potato Man.” Click here to buy tickets. Tod Wilson, a 25-year baker and distributor, is a native of Portsmouth and a graduate of I.C. Norcom, who began Mr. Tod’s Pie Factory in 2002 by selling his signature bite-size […]

Portsmouth Councilman Mark Whitaker has pleaded not guilty after he was indicted  by a special grand jury on April 20. Whitaker faces charges related to his business activities at a development company affiliated with New Bethel Baptist Church where he is an assistant pastor. The jury was seated in early April to hear charges against Whitaker […]

PORTSMOUTH After 10 weeks of mixing, stirring and slicing, Kaniyah Cary finished among the Top 3 contestants of the “Kids Baking Championship” show on the Food Network. Her fellow competitor, Aidan, was crowned champion. Kaniyah congratulated him with a hug and well wishes. To celebrate Kaniyah’s achievement, Superintendent Dr. Elie Bracy III honored her this […]