Harlem Renaissance Era Commentary on Race Remains Relevant

By mantunes There’s an old word game I love to play that challenges you to grasp the slipperiness of the English language. The premise is to identify as many contronyms as you can possibly name. A contronym is basically a word that can mean it’s own opposite, usually depending on the context. Popular contenders include: cleave; sanction; oversight; transparent; refrain. A new word has just … Continue reading Harlem Renaissance Era Commentary on Race Remains Relevant

Interview with Wolfgang Gil

Wolfgang Gil’s sound-emitting sculptures and room installations invite the audience to contemplate listening as a phenomenon, offering unique opportunities for the discovery of both the external space and our internal perception processes. Gil’s work has been presented at The Newark Museum of Art, Art Miami Art Fair, Eyebeam (New York, NY), The Loop Festival (Barcelona, Spain), Diapason Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Harvestworks (New York, NY), Issue … Continue reading Interview with Wolfgang Gil

Mixology: brainorchestra

Elizabeth, New Jersey based rapper and producer brainorchrestra is a refreshing throwback to the classic era of East Coast hip-hop dominated by boom bap beats, tight samples and complex lyricism. Consider us fans! Inspired by legends like Pete Rock and DJ Premier, brainochrestra’s quality is matched by his impressive output, he’s always coming out with new singles, videos and even vinyl releases. We suggest pairing … Continue reading Mixology: brainorchestra

Vaccines are a Public Safety Issue

To date, over 1,000 Newarkers have died as a result of COVID-19. Vaccinations have greatly reduced new cases, hospitalizations and deaths, but beating this pandemic is a team effort. That’s why we support Mayor Baraka’s vaccine mandate for city employees. America’s strong individualist tendencies, politicization and pervasive misinformation have encouraged hesitancy and opposition to vaccine mandates among members of our public safety workers, but the … Continue reading Vaccines are a Public Safety Issue

The HBCU Impact in Newark

Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are major producers of Black talent and leadership that nurtured notable figures as diverse as Thurgood Marshall, Toni Morrison, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Luther King Jr., Kamala Harris and a great many others. That legacy of excellence can be seen amongst Newark’s leadership today, Mayor Ras Baraka (left) and West Ward City Council candidate Chigozie Onyema (right) are both graduates … Continue reading The HBCU Impact in Newark

The Work Left to be Done

The last decade was much kinder to Newark than the ones preceding it. Development projects have improved large swaths of downtown by adding new office spaces, retail, upgraded parks and even some trendy amenities. The city’s population is growing again and overall public safety has improved (although some neighborhoods took a step backward this year). As the next wave of development promises to touch the … Continue reading The Work Left to be Done

Many Hopes for Many Saints

By Don Mexlar I don’t make movies. So I’m not about to write a review criticizing The Many Saints of Newark, the prequel to The Sopranos depicting the life of Dickie Moltisanti, Christopher’s father, from 1967 to the mid-1970s. And I’m certainly not going to judge a story whose plot follows three main characters: Dickie, Harold—who is Black and begins as Dickie’s associate before starting … Continue reading Many Hopes for Many Saints

Downtown Lives!

The ongoing COVID-19 epidemic undoubtedly placed a great amount of hardship on Newark. Besides the human toll, Downtown economically suffered in the absence of white collar-workers and event traffic from major venues like NJPAC and the Prudential Center. Despite this, Downtown faired remarkably well because an organic vision of the city’s development won the day. Black-owned small businesses like BrownMill and Boss Blend Coffee opened … Continue reading Downtown Lives!

Local Options for Healthy and Ethical Eating

By Anastasia Bez and Sharon Adarlo Newark is a tough place when you’re vegan. Historically, Brick City has not had the same level of options or diversity of flavors for eating plant based compared to Manhattan, Jersey City or Brooklyn. But, that’s slowly changing as longtime locals and recent transplants have embraced veganism for ethical and/or health reasons. Here are reviews of two local options … Continue reading Local Options for Healthy and Ethical Eating