African-American culture

Reading Between The Lines: Der Vang And Whitehead @Newark

By |February 11th, 2018|

Last week saw the continuation of the year-long academic showcase Writers at Newark Reading Series, hosted by Rutgers University-Newark’s MFA Creative Writing program. On Tuesday, February 6, students, professors and Brick City residents welcomed Walt Whitman award-winning poet Mai Der Vang and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson […]

Voices In The Library: Queer Newark Oral History Project

By |January 30th, 2018|

As it’s been mentioned many times in the past year, Newark is changing. It’s been on the come-up for a few years, but in the last 2 or 3 trips around the sun, it finally seems to be … well, coming up. But despite what […]

An Anchor For Artists: The Nina Simone House

By |January 14th, 2018|

Is Newark on the verge of developing its first artists’ housing co-op? That was the $64,000 question asked at last week’s community meeting for the future Nina Simone House in Brick City’s South Ward neighborhood. Spearheaded by the Mayor’s office along with the Newark Community […]

A Day Out At Afropunk

By |August 27th, 2017|

You might not have heard, but there’s something special that happens every August in Brooklyn that has caught the attention of music fans, music festival fans, culture vultures and lovers of all forms of individuality. It’s called Afropunk. Or AfroPunk. Or is it AFROPUNK?

Either way, […]

An August Beginning: Jitney at The Samuel J. Freidman Theatre

By |January 20th, 2017|

Last night, the New York theatre community welcomed the first (and ironically, the last) of August Wilson’s plays to Broadway. Jitney, one of Wilson’s 10 plays sharing a universal, yet intimate tale of African-American life throughout the 20th century, was the first chapter in this […]

Steal This Quote: Shirley Chisholm

By |November 22nd, 2016|

You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining.
You make progress by implementing ideas.
— Shirley Chisholm, American author, activist and politician

Lotus Moment: Grafstract In Progress

By |September 12th, 2016|

Why This Is Awesome: While taking care of business this Saturday along Halsey St., I had the good fortune to park my car in front of a mural in progress being created by Fumero, a Brooklyn-based artist, muralist and designer venturing out to our side […]

Steal This Quote: Miles Davis

By |July 17th, 2016|

 When you’re creating your own shit, not even the sky’s the limit
— Miles Davis, American jazz musician, composer and artist

There’s A Light Up In Harlem

By |July 10th, 2016|

The past month has left us with some of the most turbulent moments of 2016. It seems we can’t turn on our TVs, radios, computers or smartphones without being met with another harrowing or frightening tale of our world shifting violently in one way or […]

Oh How I Wish We Could Keep Shuffling Along

By |June 27th, 2016|

When I heard the news that the Broadway tour-de-force, Shuffle Along, was set to close on July 24th — a full 2 months earlier than its original closing date in September — I, along with so many others, immediately shouted “Why!?” How can such a work […]