Five things we’re thinking about: Week of October 28

This week, we’re 1) getting ready for TedXBroadStreet, 2) stargazing at NJPAC, 3) re-watching last week’s mayoral forum on education, 4) contemplating this weekend’s anti-violence rally, and 5) marking our calendars for November 1, the day our artist-in-residence feature launches on BCL.

What else should we be thinking about? Tweet #fivethings @brickcitylive, or leave a comment below. Wondering why the stories on Brick City Live look the way they do? Read this essay.

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TedXBroadStreet is this coming Saturday

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The independently organized conference is coming to Rutgers Business School this Saturday. Tickets for the live event are on sale for $40, and the event’s organizers will offer a free live stream of the event on their site, as well as viewing parties around town. Per their website, the purpose of TedXBroadStreet:

Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” TEDxBroadStreet “Reach. Rise. Revive”, locally developed and organized, will give Newark stakeholders the opportunity to stimulate dialogue and create positive grass roots change on a variety of topics critical to the revitalization and sustainability of the city.


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‘Black Girls Rock!’ honors Queen Latifah, Venus Williams, Patti Labelle at NJPAC – The Star Ledger/

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Per The Star Ledger, Queen Latifah addressed the significance of the taping being in Newark:

“It’s from my peers, from my ladies,” Latifah said. “I’m happy it’s happening in Newark. I was born here, and I always try to come home, to let everyone know in Newark, Irvington, East Orange, Jersey City, that we can dream, and we can make those dreams reality.”

Read the full story and view the photo slideshow at


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Newark groups, celebrities, citizens and supporters converge on Lincoln Park for anti-violence rally

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“The Funeral” featured remarks by victims’ family members, community leaders, young spoken word artists and singers, and celebrities. Pictured above: rapper Rah Digga.

Image credit: Andaiye Taylor


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Newark’s four mayoral candidates debate education

Brick City Live published an account of the four-way debate last Friday. The full debate is now available online.

Video streaming by Ustream

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We’re launching an artist-in-residence feature

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Every month, Brick City Live will chose a visual artist working in Newark to take over our Arts section with their work, their thoughts, and their inspiration. Our first artist-in-residence will be Timothy Dingman, the photographer who captured Open Doors for us. We have our next few months locked up, but if you’re interested in contributing work on a one-off basis, or contributing as an artist-in-residence next year, email

Image credit: Timothy Dingman



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