About a year ago, I attended a local community meeting here in Newark for citizens concerned about the changing face of the city. You see, Brick City, after 50 years of neglect, economic disenfranchisement, and disproportionate criticism fueled by racism, xenophobia and class discrimination, is […]
Why This Is Awesome: I have a confession to make. Even though I live a mere 22 minute train ride away from New York City, I don’t get to explore it as much as or as often as I’d like. That’s why when I get […]
Why This Is Awesome: I recently took a road trip that melded two of my favorite hobbies: learning about history and exploring new spaces. In doing so, it reminded me of another trip I took not long ago when I did the same thing, but under […]
Why This Is Awesome: Back in January, I was a “guest” of our nation’s jury selection system, when for the first time in my life, I learned about the intricate and somewhat confusing process that makes up serving on a civil court case jury.
For three days […]
It’s a blogging cliché to write a post around your birthday, sharing the lessons that you’ve learned so far in life. Often the stuff of lifestyle bloggers, it’s a subject that doesn’t seem to fit the tone of those of us covering topics like entertainment, […]
The art of a people is the true mirror to their minds.
— Jawaharlal Nehru, former Prime Minister of India, activist and writer
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 […]