Akwaaba Gallery Needs Our Help!

Since opening in 2019, Akwaaba Gallery has been a tremendous addition to the West Ward and Newark’s art scene, but its future is in jeopardy due to the COVID-19 pandemic and technicalities preventing it from accessing a PPP loan. We ask that you consider making a donation to Akwaaba Gallery’s GoFundMe to ensure this gem continues to shine on South Orange Avenue! The Board of … Continue reading Akwaaba Gallery Needs Our Help!

Statues and Limitations

The past five years have seen a historic surge in anti-racist activism, including the removal of racist symbols from urban spaces across the country. As Confederate monuments were removed and major streets decorated in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the city of Newark has had its own reckoning with space and representation. In 2018, a monument to immigrants was erected in Peter Francisco … Continue reading Statues and Limitations

“Where are The Black Winemakers?”

By John Ward “Hello, welcome. What can I help you find today?” When you enter CoolVines Newark, inside the downtown’s Hahne Building, you will hear this greeting. It is a quick way to welcome and engage our customers to start talking about the products that most interest them. It is an interaction that happens all day every day, a phrase repeated so often that it becomes … Continue reading “Where are The Black Winemakers?”

Mixology with DJ Gonzalo Silva

Originally from Union City, NJ, Gonzalo Silva started djing at 9 years old. 10 years later, he became a professional known for playing upbeat music with a global appeal. You may have seen him spinning familiar tunes with different rhythms at Newark First Fridays events in Military Park and QXT’s Nightclub. We’ve included a custom mix from Silva for you to groove to while we … Continue reading Mixology with DJ Gonzalo Silva

Forest Hill: Past and Present

Planned and built by the Gilded Age’s wealthy industrialists of the Ballantine, Clark, Heller and Tiffany families in the late 1800s-early 1900s, Forest Hill originally served as a park side refuge from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Today, the Forest Hill Historic District is a standout example of historical preservation that has kept many of the neighborhood’s grandest features, while integrating diverse residents in … Continue reading Forest Hill: Past and Present

Newark on Screen

Residents of Forest Hill have been contacted about using their homes as locations for a new season of Hulu’s “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” and CBS’ upcoming series “The Equalizer,” starring Newark/East Orange native Queen Latifah. In late 2019, Halle Berry was seen in and around Lower Broadway’s Elite Heat Boxing Gym while filming her directorial debut “Bruised.” Due to the work of New Jersey Motion … Continue reading Newark on Screen