'The Voices of Virginia: Episode One' highlights race relations, effective communication

Posted at 1:59 PM, Aug 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-30 21:57:03-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - If you're looking for something to watch tonight, we may have just the show! It's called The Voices of Virginia and it's locally created and produced.

News 3 first told you about the new web series back in July and the first episode premiered on Saturday night.

Over four weeks, every Saturday, a multi-ethnic panel of local leaders will tackle some tough topics. In episode one, they talked about the importance of effective communication, race relations and the effects of the media.

Founder of The Voices of Virginia and Flex 4 Change Joshua Banks said, "I wanted to start small and kind of gradually build on top of these topics so that we don't dive straight into the hardest topics of it all so I think there's a level of progression with it. I think that as people follow along to the episodes there's going to be a lot of elements to where you see our panels grow and hopefully our viewership as well."

Banks said every conversation comes from a place of love and respect. The topic in episode 2 is "Justice."

"We actually have Norfolk Police Chief [Larry] Boone. He's going to be a special guest on the episode so it's going to lead with some words from him as regards to, you know, how he feels about the current topic at hand then we're going to delve into the justice system, police reform, police brutality -- a lot of the bigger topics that have been talked about as of recent," Banks said.

Each episode represents a new set of panelists. It airs Saturday, September 5 at 8 p.m.