Yaya Tea

By Sharon Adarlo One day in September, a woman dressed in a nondescript outfit walked out of Yaya Tea in Downtown Newark carrying two icy cold tumblers of bubble milk tea and seaweed-wrapped rice balls. With her college-aged daughter’s help, she unwrapped the plastic film around the rice ball and then proceeded to eat everything inside but the seaweed. Cooked rice bits were all over … Continue reading Yaya Tea

Dr. Funkenstein’s Newark

The 2014 autobiography of Parliament-Funkadelic leader George Clinton is an engrossing journey through music history with plenty of tales of sex and a lot of drugs. The hilariously titled Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You? also gives us an interesting view of Newark history from the 1950s-1970s (he also lived in Plainfield and Detroit). Here are some major passages … Continue reading Dr. Funkenstein’s Newark

Mixology: Uniiqu3

For years, Newark based DJ and producer Uniiqu3 has drawn national attention to Jersey Club music with regular features in major music publications such a Vice, Billboard, DJ Mag and Complex. She’s also played some of the biggest music festivals in the country, including Afropunk, Coachella and SXSW. Most recently, she was profiled by PBS in a short documentary on the origins, rise to prominence, … Continue reading Mixology: Uniiqu3

“Ode to Mami’s Kitchen”

By Keishla Rivera-Lopez This is the placewhere I learned my placein the family. I was meantto be here. To cook. Toclean. To serve. To dofor others first, and myselfsecond. This is the placeI’d watchmami with furrowed brows,a red face, and frizzy hair workher magic. With her hands sheailed sickness, fed us nutritionand life. Her hands held mine andtaught me what they knew whenshe was a … Continue reading “Ode to Mami’s Kitchen”

Thank You For Your Service

Usually when a beloved business closes, there is some celebration or recognition of the services it provided to the community. The COVID-19 crisis prevented this from happening for so many, these small toasts are our humble attempt at a proper send-off. Each pillow-stuffed empanada came with a unique die-stamped letter combination and was handmade by the Argentine owner and her mother in the back of … Continue reading Thank You For Your Service