If you recall, back in January, I reported on Newark’s community info session for the conversion of a long dormant bank building on South Ward’s Clinton Ave. into an artist’s housing and creative community center. That session, and the details shared, is just one of […]
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 […]
There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.
— Ursula Le Guin, American author, illustrator and poet
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 […]
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 […]
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
— Albert Camus, Algerian-born French novelist, journalist and philosopher
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, […]
Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.
— Bertolt Brecht, German poet, playwright, and theatre director
Last month, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t buy any more new books for the year. And up until last Saturday, … I had kept that promise.
Don’t judge me!
My intentions were well placed. You see, I love the concept fashionistas and stylists […]
Why This Is Awesome: There’s an old aphorism that says the personal is political, and I’m inclined to agree.
Just as this beautiful facade of the Newark City Hall building was crafted to reference history, ideology and innovation, the personal lives that we share with one another […]