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Birth of a Nations Celebrates 100 years

2. March 2015

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By Hillel Italie NEW YORK (AP) — One hundred years ago this spring, Hollywood came of age in a blaze of wonder and fury. D.W. Griffith’s three-hour Civil War epic, The Birth of a Nation, was released in March 3 1915 after a special showing in March at President Woodrow Wilson’s White House. It is […]

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Lula Washington Dance Theatre to perform tomorrow at NJPAC

25. February 2015

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  One of the most admired African-American contemporary dance ensembles in the West is coming to Newark later this month for a special Black History Month Program. The Institute and New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) are co-presenting a special concert by The Lula Washington Dance Theatre, celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2015, in conjunction with the […]

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The Passing of Cephas Bowles, an advocate of Jazz, dies at 62

25. February 2015

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Its is with sadness to report the passing of Cephas Bowles, an invigorating force behind Newark’s WBGO, dead at 62.  Cephas Bowles, the president and CEO of Newark’s WBGO Jazz 88.3, died. Bowles passed away Saturday at Hackensack University Medical Center following complications from a stem cell transplant, said his wife, Linda Arrington-Bowles. Bowles, 62, lived […]

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Healing Through the Arts

24. February 2015

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Wednesday, February 25 @ 2:30-3:50 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Galleries – Main Gallery, there will be a panel discussion on Healing Through the Arts: An Interdisciplinary Discussion on the Benefits of Engaging in the Creative Experience. Many artists have experienced art-making as a healing tool to help them navigate through life’s physical and emotional difficulties and to improve […]

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Black Ice the autobiography of Val James

19. February 2015

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Wow its is cold outside.  With plugging temperatures and Black history month, we thought it fitting to share a book about Black Ice.  No, not the icing black top that is cause of many traffic accidents in this wintery season, but the story of Val James.  Since Newark is a hockey town, we thought this […]

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The little Gospel Concert that could

18. February 2015

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In a frantic hurry from a typically busy day, I rushed into Prudential Hall last Thursday night just as the flashing lights signaled showtime. NJPAC presented Hezekiah Walker & Friends: a celebration of gospel featuring a local choir, gospel acts and a couple powerhouse spirit filled headliners. As i took my favorite box seat in […]

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Chinese New Year, The year of the Sheep, Goat, Ram?

17. February 2015

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Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year 4713 begins on Feb. 19, 2015.  Chinese months are reckoned by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the […]

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Rutger Marion Thompson Wright Lecture series, Next Saturday Feb 21st with Tribute to Dr. Clement Price

12. February 2015

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As Americans celebrate the accomplishments of African-Americans during Black History Month, Rutgers University-Newark can take a special place in the festivities. The state’s most prestigious, largest and oldest Black History Month celebration, the Marion Thompson Wright Lecture, has been held here annually since it was begun in 1981. What’s more, a Rutgers University-Newark professor is […]

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The Grenada Revolution and the US Invasion: A Scholar’s Journey

11. February 2015

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm John Cotton Dana Library Dana Room, 4th Floor Apart of Rutgers Universities Black History Month series.  Shalini Puri is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, and author of the award-winning book,”The Caribbean Postcolonial: Social Equality, Post-Nationalism, and Cultural Hybridity.” Her recent book, “The Grenada Revolution in the […]

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Jimmy Scott Snubbed in Grammy Memorial, Widow speak out

11. February 2015

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Little Jimmy Scott, a jazz great popularized by Twin Peaks, The Cosby Show, and Michael Jackson, who performed at two Presidential inaugurations during his six-decade career, was one of many artists shockingly omitted from the In Memoriam segment at Sunday’s 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Now the legend’s widow, Jeanie Scott, has penned a heartbroken open […]

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