Marlene Jones is senior editor and assistant to the publisher for The VOICE. She came to The VOICE as a general assignment reporter in 2002 and was named editor in 2005. In 2008, she was named senior editor.
Jones studied print journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University and is author of “The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels for Your Mind and Body” published by Atlantic Publishing Group in 2011.
Stories written by Jones have appeared in magazines, reputable blogs, and newspapers. When she is not editing books, short stories and newspaper stories, she dabbles in public relations, and enjoys her three children.
Issues executive order establishing task force on improving services
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) will include funding for mental health services in his upcoming budget. He will also sign an executive order forming a "Mental Health Task Force" to make further recommendations for reforms.
“For him to be a candidate on the ballot and the adviser to a dubious effort to take voting rights away from 57,000 Virginians is an inexcusable conflict of interest that’s become all too common for the attorney general
In just four months since its launch, "Virginia Adopts: Campaign for 1,000" has helped more than 800 children from Virginia’s foster care system be adopted or be matched with a family who is going through the process of adopting.
Contrasts difference with Republican ticket
The newly-elected Democratic ticket of Terry McAuliffe, Ralph Northam, and Mark Herring appeared at Richmond's Hippodrome Theater for a Democratic Party of Virginia "Unity Breakfast" on Wednesday morning following Tuesday's Democratic primary.
The Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) and the Republican National Committee wants to engage blacks in a big way this election cycle. To this end, party leaders have named Rev. Dr. Joe Ellison, Jr. to serve as the Virginia state director of African American engagement.
A month after a group of local justice advocates filed complaints with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) against the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) for “non-compliance” with Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, the housing authority has rolled out its response.
The Balm in Gilead issues plea for help
Dr. Pernessa Seele has sent an urgent letter to supporterss urging financial help for the non-profit organization she founded more than 23 years ago. The Balm In Gilead, Inc., which develops educational and training programs designed to meet the unique needs of African American and African congregations that strive to become community centers for health education and disease prevention, is struggling to keep its doors open. Part of the struggle has come from funding cuts due to sequestration. "We really need your help!," wrote Seele in her June 5 e-mailed letter, in which she notes that it is an urgent matter of the non-profit's viability.
President Barack Obama today nominated an African American judge to the second highest court in the United States. Among the three candidates for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was Judge Robert Leon Wilkins, who currently serving as a U.S. district judge for D.C. The other nominees are Patricia Ann Millett, a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Washington; and Georgetown University law professor Cornelia T.L. Pillard. The U.S. Senate must confirm Wilkins and the other nominees. His path to confirmation may be clear based on his history with the Senate, which confirmed him to his current position without opposition in 2010. The president, in his remarks announcing the nominations, asked the Senate to abide by their "constitutional duty to promptly consider judicial nominees for confirmation."
Recommends that a state agency handle applications
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said on May 28 that he has ruled out the viability of an executive order to automatically restore civil rights for ex-felons who have completed their sentences. The state's lawyer said that the governor does not have the constitutional authority to do so, according to the results of an advisory committee, formed by the attorney general in March to explore ways of achieving automatic rights restoration without the General Assembly. Cuccinelli, a Republican running for governor in 2013, instead recommended streamlining the current application process by assigning a state agency to approve individual applications.
Stone Soul 2013 to be held June 1
The 9th Annual Stone Soul Music and Food Festival is set for Saturday, June 1, at Richmond International Raceway Complex on Laburnum Avenue from noon. Hosted by Radio One dubbed "The Urban Media Specialist", the festival is undoubtedly Richmond’s premiere R & B, gospel and urban contemporary music festival. This year's line up "promises [to be] a day of inspiration, R & B and soul for the entire family," noted the radio company. The full length performance line up includes inspirational artists Tamela Mann, James Fortune and Wess Morgan plus R & B and hip hop sets by "American Idol" Fantasia Barrino, Bell Biv Devoe, Raheem Devaughn, Future, B.O.B. and French Montana. In addition, Hi Five and Cameosis will also perform along with Hip Hop Violinist Josh Vietti.