Thursday, August 31
The following list is a guide to cultural and community events in South Jersey and region.
Could Tamron Hall become the next Oprah Winfrey?
Wednesday, August 30
As we observe Labor Day my thoughts turn to how work has evolved over the last ten years. There are more options of how, where and when we work.
Monday, August 28
Lawnside public school’s 6th annual Lawnside Back-to-School Bonanza and the Benson Multicultural History Museum Jazzy Juneteenth Celebration was held Saturday August 26 at the Lawnside School, 426 East Charleston Avenue in Lawnside, NJ.
The corruption trial of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez is set to begin early September, as jury selection for the potentially high stakes case was completed last week in Newark.
Saturday, August 26
With roles on the hit Starz comedy “Survivor’s Remorse” and VH1’s “Daytime Divas,” Tichina Arnold’s plate is pretty full. But, the busy actress, best-known for her role as Pamela James on the groundbreaking comedy “Martin,” is ready to make time for her next act – singing.
Recently, I had an opportunity to travel to Maryland and take part in a Power Networking Conference hosted by Dr. George C. Fraser. The theme was Connect, Grow and Prosper. There were over 1,000 attendees representing 45 states, the Caribbean and several African Countries.
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign slogan was “Making America Great Again,” but many of his words and actions are emboldening white supremacists and neo-Nazis who seek to make America hate again.
Sunday, August 20
Dick Gregory, who used his uncanny wit and sharp humor to crusade for human and civil rights, died Saturday in Washington, D.C. He was 84.
Tuesday, August 15
“Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada may have called off her wedding to former Major League Baseball star Carl Crawford, but she said she is keeping her engagement ring.
Merck CEO resigns from Trump Council
Dozens of legislative, community activists and New Jersey residents gathered across the state to denounce the violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia when white supremacists clashed with counter-protesters—killing one woman and injuring dozens of others.
Saturday, August 12
Philadelphia and Atlantic City exhibit
The newest exhibit at African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey focuses on African Americans who have served on the police force.
The newest entrance to Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) has been named 3plus1 Drive in recognition of the college’s popular path to one of the most affordable bachelor’s degrees in the nation.
During a speech at Suffolk County Community College on Long Island, N.Y., President Donald Trump seemed to openly endorse police brutality.
Let’s take a fresh look back in time: it’s 1979. You attended the 22nd Annual Ebony Fashion Fair in your hometown. The show’s theme was “COLOR EXPLOSION.” A beautiful Black model struts her stuff down the runway wearing Yves Saint Laurent…the Picasso evening dress to be exact.
The Riley Sports Analysis
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry might not be the next Tiger Woods, but the fact that he’s getting recognition as a golfer is good for both sports.
Procter & Gamble kicked off the 10th anniversary celebration of the “My Black is Beautiful” campaign by releasing a commercial titled “The Talk,” featuring African-American women discussing the realities of being Black in America and warning their children about the perils of racism.
More than a decade ago, I chatted with Asian-American seniors at Hunter College High School in New York City about their college admission prospects.
Friday, August 11
It was the tragic death of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown on August 9, 2014 that rocked the nation and gave rise to one of the most relentless protests of our time. As Brown laid lifeless in a pool of blood for more than four hours, filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis took to the streets, both to protest and document the fervency that rested in the hearts of those tired of being oppressed by police, tired of being oppressed by the system.
Tuesday, August 8
Sonequa Martin-Green will play the lead role in CBS’s new series “Star Trek: Discovery,” making her the first African-American female lead in the Star Trek franchise and the actress does not take the role lightly.
Monday, August 7
When Amy Jones’ dad, Paul, was diagnosed with glioblastoma last month, she wondered whether it might be tied to his time in Vietnam.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Phil Murphy has tapped former House Assembly speaker Sheila Oliver to be his running mate and lieutenant governor---thus making her potentially the highest ranking and first African American to be second in command in the state.
Essence magazine is up for sale.
Sunday, August 6
Like past years, many people in South Jersey truly enjoyed the Fourth of July holiday, but for me, I just couldn’t get into it like that this year.
“Detroit” tells a story of racial injustice and police brutality, based on fact, which is easy enough to believe and has parallels with today’s problems with police criminality and impunity.
At a press conference in West New York, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno announced Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo as her running mate---potentially making the Cuban immigrant the first Latino and male lieutenant governor in the Garden state.
As Derrick Johnson assumes the role of interim president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), leaders of the nation’s oldest Black civil rights organization say that young people must come first.
Gwendolyn Brooks’ apartment was dark on May 1, 1950. The brilliant, award-winning Black poet, who wrote about life on Chicago’s South Side, had not paid her electric bill.
Wednesday, August 2
Tiffany Haddish is on a roll. Fresh off of the box office success of “Girls Trip,” the film’s breakout star is preparing for a new role on the small screen. The comedian is joining forces with Tracy Morgan for the TBS comedy “The Last O.G.”