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Newark, NJ

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WBGO's award-winning half-hour news magazine. Hard-hitting, informative and fun.

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English

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Sculptor and Visual Artist Willie Cole Brings The Newark Bottle Project To Life

7/18/2019
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Award-winning contemporary American Sculptor, conceptual and visual artist, painter and printer Willie Cole was born in Newark but his artwork is loved worldwide. Cole, who now lives in Mine Hill, New Jersey and part-time in Los Angeles, is excited about his latest project that will eventually end up in a Newark school. He'll be using 16 and 8 ounce water bottles to create a 30-foot kid sculpture. It's not the first time he used water bottles in an artistic way. "Now that Newark is in a...

Duration:00:25:52

Commentator Mildred Antenor: "Here We Go Again"

7/18/2019
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WBGO commentator Mildred Antenor is tired of hearing that certain candidates aren't "black enough" to run for office or represent certain populations. Antenor says the most recent example is California Senator Kamala Harris.

Duration:00:03:40

The Border Crisis: Thoughts from an El Paso City Councilman

7/18/2019
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El Paso City Councilman Peter Svarzbein recently spent a weekend in Newark while he attended the Next City's first-ever regional Vanguard conference. WBGO's Alexandra Hill caught up with Democratic councilman to talk to him about the border crisis impacting his community.

Duration:00:08:42

Off-Broadway's "The Secret Life of Bees" Draws High Praise from Theater Critic Michael Bourne

7/12/2019
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The theatre season is just getting started, it's way too soon to predict theatre awards -- but theater critic Michael Bourne says he's seen a winner off Broadway, The Secret Life of Bees. The Secret Life of Bees , is a new musical was written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage ( Sweat ), with music by Tony and Grammy Award winner Duncan Sheik ( Spring Awakening ), lyrics by two-time Tony nominee and Drama Desk winner Susan Birkenhead ( Jelly’s Last Jam ), and directed by Tony...

Duration:00:04:45

Film Critic Harlan Jacobson Reviews "The Lion King"

7/12/2019
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On the list of things that must be done over to get right, surely a remake of The Lion King is somewhere down near the bottom. Disney’s 1994 original animated version made about a billion dollars worldwide at the box office. So, why is there a remake? To make a lot of money again, that’s why. The new version is directed by Jon Favreau of the Iron Man franchise and Jungle Book remake by Disney three years ago. It’s part of the new era Disney playbook of remaking rather than re-releasing. As...

Duration:00:08:44

Jersey City's Jeraco Rivers Writes "Andreas, The Boy Who Imagines"

7/12/2019
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Andreas, The Boy Who Imagines is a new children's book that teaches youth how to dream again without needing technology. It’s the first published work of Jersey City author and songwriter Jeraco Rivers. Rivers says his two-year old son sparked his desire to write “Andreas the Boy Who Imagines”. In the book, a youngster uses a special gift to help his single mother get through some difficult times. Rivers recently sat down with WBGO Media Fellow Marcellis Counts to talk about his message....

Duration:00:09:03

NJ Soccer Academy Trains Future Stars As Alum Wins World Cup

7/10/2019
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The pastures of perfectly lined soccer pitch didn’t always exist as they do at Players Development Academy. “This place was formed with the vision of Tom Anderson, a great man, for Tobin Heath’s team,” said Mike O’Neill, Players Development Academy Girls Director of Coaching. “Tobin Heath’s team played in Basking Ridge, and back then there were rules that you can only have so many people that came in from outside. Tom had the vision and awareness and vision to recognize that in order to...

Duration:00:03:24

Equal Pay Takes Center Stage as USWNT Celebrate World Cup Victory In NYC

7/10/2019
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The United States Women’s National Soccer team paraded through the Canyon of Heroes in lower Manhattan, receiving keys to the city from Mayor Bill de Blasio during a post parade ceremony. New Jersey’s own Carli Lloyd was the first member of the team to speak to the thousands of fans in attendance. “I'm super proud of this team. We were obviously here four years ago; it never gets old. These parades are amazing. The fans are amazing,” she said. The 2019 World Cup could be the Delran...

Duration:00:00:39

A Fortieth Anniversary and a Fond Farewell: Michael Bourne on the Montreal Jazz Int'l Fest

7/2/2019
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The Montréal International Jazz Festival , like WBGO, is in the midst of a 40th-anniversary celebration. And for two-thirds of its storied history, Michael Bourne has had boots on the ground: this is his 27th edition of the festival.

Duration:00:21:20

Tobias A. Fox: Saving Money By Lowering Your Foodprint

7/1/2019
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Each year millions suffer from hunger and malnourishment, while collectively more than a billion tons of food is wasted globally. WBGO’s Marcellis Counts spoke recently Tobias A. Fox, the founder of a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness for ecological and wellness issues in the city of Newark. Since 2012, Tobias A. Fox, has been the founding and managing director for Newark Science and Sustainability Inc. Fox was born in Newark and grew up in East Orange. "I grew up...

Duration:00:05:02

Theater Critic Michael Bourne Reviews "Yes! Reflections of Molly Bloom""

6/28/2019
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June 16 was Bloomsday, the date when the events of the James Joyce novel Ulysses happened. At a variety of events in New York, the novel was celebrated and read aloud. Theater Critic Michael Bourne instead enjoyed the most famous pages of the novel on stage. Yes! Reflections of Molly Bloom is playing at the Irish Repertory Theatre. Click above to hear Michael's review.

Duration:00:03:26

Savion Glover Brings His Genius and Footwork to the Joyce Theater

6/28/2019
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Legendary tapper, choreographer, director and actor Savion Glover of Newark presents the world premiere of his innovative new work Lady5@Savion Glover's BaRoQUe' BLaK TaP Cafe to the Joyce Theater from July 2 to July 7. Glover came into WBGO to speak with News Director Doug Doyle about the show that transforms the Joyce Theater into a cafe using dance as a means to illustrate the evolution of thought and self-identity. "The barouque aspect of the cafe is the test or the challenge at what...

Duration:00:16:57

Stonewall Inn Veteran and Gay Rights Activist Scott G. Brown Reflects on 50th Anniversary

6/28/2019
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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising that many say was the beginning of the Gay Rights Movement in not only New York City but around the globe. Author and gay rights activist Scott G. Brown was there. Brown recalls the night of June 28th 1969 and the NYPD raid that sparked the movement.

Duration:00:10:25

Theater Critic Michael Bourne Reviews "Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune"

6/21/2019
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Two highly acclaimed actors get together on Broadway. Audra McDonald plays "Frankie". Michael Shannon plays "Johnny". They’re falling in love — or something like love in the revival of a modern classic. Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews the revival of Terrence McNally's Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune.

Duration:00:03:35

NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron Celebrates 15 Years of Jazz Power Initiative

6/21/2019
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Jazz Power Initiative is celebrating 15 years of achievement in uptown Manhattan and nationally with its jazz performance, education and professional development programs. Three generations of jazz educators came into the WBGO studious to talk about the anniversary. NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron, JPI Artistic Director and Co-Founder Eli Yamin and JPI Program Coordinator and Teaching Artist Brian Fender all sat down with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle to talk about the importance of the...

Duration:00:51:58

Habitat For Humanity, Advocates Prioritize NJ Affordable Housing Trust Fund

6/21/2019
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The Cost of Home campaign is first of sorts, combining the efforts of every Habitat for Humanity across the country into one initiative. Barbara Dunn with Paterson Habitat says it’s a five-year effort that aims to help millions of Americans. “Reduce the cost of their housing,” she said. “Right now, 1 in 6 Americans spend more than 50 percent of their income and our goal is to focus on those 19 million Americans living is such unaffordable circumstances.” The national initiative looks to...

Duration:00:03:03

Creative NJ Challenges Newark's Community Organizations To Collaborate

6/14/2019
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Creative New Jersey recently held its Call to Collaboration forum at NJIT in Newark. A two day event that brings together local organizations and community groups to address issues affecting their communities while challenging them to brainstorm solutions.

Duration:00:05:39

Harlan Jacobson Reviews The Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story

6/14/2019
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Rolling Thunder Revue’s subtitle is A Bob Dylan Story , told by Scorsese with a little help from his friends at Netflix, which helped Scorsese and collaborators find restore to vibrancy footage of Dylan’s 1975 tour of small venues in mostly small towns across America beginning at Plymouth Rock. They’ve added new testimonials, a number of which are pure fictional flights of fancy. “I don’t remember anything about Rolling Thunder. It happened so long ago, I wasn’t even born,” Dylan says as a...

Duration:00:10:51

'Legacy Lives On' Dives Into Financial Wellness Among Black Women In America

6/14/2019
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The short film ‘Legacy Lives On’ is a collaborative project hosted by Urban One , a leading voice representing Black culture through news, media, and entertainment and Prudential Financial, an expert in global investment and insurance services. The documentary balances the perspectives of renowned actors like Laz Alonso; while also showcasing the stories of three key woman leaders addressing “financial wellness” in their communities to reclaim the narrative of Black women in America. Alonso...

Duration:00:05:10

Environmentalists call for full fracking ban in the Delaware River watershed

6/13/2019
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A coalition of environmental groups is calling on the multistate agency that oversees the Delaware River watershed to ban fracking and related activities in the area. The activists hope it would codify a de facto moratorium that has been in place for nearly a decade that prohibits fracking, the treatment and disposal of fracking waste, and the transfer of water for fracking operations elsewhere. “The public has spoken over and over again that we do not want fracking within the Delaware River...

Duration:00:00:46