Joy ride: Inside the Spring 2018 Newark Historical Renaissance Ride

Kimberly Reid takes us on a stop-by-stop tour of the June 2018 Newark Historical Renaissance Ride.

The Newark Historical Renaissance Ride is back and dressed in seersucker

As promised, the organizers are back with a spring-themed ride featuring seersucker and linen, plus a tour of significant places in Newark’s South Ward.

‘Leaders Create Leaders’ podcast highlights innovators and entrepreneurs from Newark and beyond

“Millennial Mentor” and entrepreneur Gerard Adams takes his popular YouTube series to the GRAMMY Experience Museum in Newark.

Beat your circumstances. Dr. Sampson Davis and Sharlee Jeter’s new book lights the way

Some people obey their circumstances. Others overpower them. Dr. Sampson Davis and Sharlee Jeter define “the stuff” of resilient character in their new book.

Latin trap & reggaeton star De La Ghetto to bring his multi-genre musical stylings back to New Jersey

The music landscape is finally catching up to genre-blending music star De La Ghetto.

How a North Ward community garden enriches neighborhood well-being

With a dollar, a vision and a community of volunteers, Amarylis Olivo and team have transformed an empty lot in Newark into a wellspring of camaraderie, learning and well-being.

Double up. We’re matching your Newark First Fridays Indiegogo contributions March 23rd through 25th!

Newark First Fridays are coming to town in May. Part street festival, part art walk, and part market, it promises to be the coolest monthly party in town. Contribute to First Fridays Indiegogo campaign March 23rd through March 25th, and will double our collective impact up to $750!

Curated vintage clothing and lifestyle shop opening at The Gateway Project in Newark

culture cardSince its launch last year, Gateway Project Spaces has been home to art exhibits, a culinary show, writing workshops, parties, and performances.

Now the spaces will add a new category to their roster: vintage clothing shop.

The new Reginald Parks Men’s & Women’s Vintage Shop will open at Gateway Project Spaces, located on the main concourse of 2 Gateway Center, next Friday, February 26th. The shop is the brainchild of Peter Winstead, Jr, who is both an accomplished recording artist and the creative director of brand strategy firm The Honors Program, which has produced the successful Guard d’Avant festival for two years in a row at Military Park (the festival will return this summer), and curated music events and programming for the 2015 Open Doors arts festival, The Gateway Project’s Winter Fête, and the Newark Business Hub’s launch event.

The name of the shop is an homage to two of Winstead, Jr.’s personal heroes who together represent the top tier in commerce and taste: Reginald Lewis, the first black person in America to build a billion-dollar company, and Gordon Parks, a renaissance man of the arts who was the first black American to direct and produce major motion pictures.

Although Winstead, Jr. and the Honors Project are perhaps best known for music and event production, Winstead, Jr. actually worked first as a fashion stylist, as a marketing consultant for brands like And 1, and in sales and management for high-end labels and boutiques including Schott Brothers, Ralph Lauren, and Pieces NYC. “Its been a long-time dream for me to one day open my own shop, and now here we are!” he said in a recent email announcing the pending opening.

In a callback to his music and event production chops, Winstead, Jr. will also be infusing his own taste into a curated series of live music and other events, one of the benefits of co-locating his shop at The Gateway Project, he said. (Another: direct connection to Newark Penn Station, which offers potential channel to customers and audiences further afield of Newark.) The February 26th kickoff event, dubbed “The Kickback,” will feature live music performances and DJs.

In the runup to launching, Winstead, Jr. has hosted a series of “Cocktails and Garments” preview events at the location on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. With music, cocktails, and Winstead, Jr. himself on hand to walk patrons through the various vintage sartorial choices available at the shop, the events are meant to project the vibe of store once it’s fully launched.

Reginald Parks Vintage Boutique is located at Gateway Project Spaces, Suite 201 in 2 Gateway Center.

Financial expert Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche’s free “Live Richer Challenge” is back with a focus on savings

Personal finance expert and educator Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche is back to help people fix their finances for the new year. Aliche will launch the 2016 Live Richer Challenge: Savings Edition on January 4, 2016. The 2016 Live Richer Challenge is a free, online financial challenge created to help thousands of women work towards their savings goals in 22 days.

As part of registration for the previous 2015 Live Richer Challenge, all participants were required to complete a comprehensive survey that identifies their demographics, current financial status, and financial goals. The number one financial goal chosen by women who participated in the 2015 Live Richer Challenge was to increase savings. As a result, savings is the primary focus of the 2016 Challenge.

“In 2014 women across the country began reaching out to me asking for help.  I spent a year creating a resource that would teach them how to shift their mindset, budget, save, pay down debt, increase their credit score, adjust their insurance, and begin investing,” said Aliche.

“In 2015, I launched the Live Richer Challenge in response to their request. The Challenge is more than money, it’s a movement, it’s an online community, a positive change and a supportive environment,” she continued.

The 2015 Challenge exceeded expectations by reaching over 20,000 women internationally. These women collectively saved over $4 million and paid off more than $500,000 worth of debt, and one-third of participants opened a new savings account. The Challenge’s success granted Aliche the opportunity to participate in three national tours: her 10-city Live Richer Tour, MSNBC “Know Your Value” Tour on behalf of Prudential Financial Inc., and Chevrolet’s Money Wise Tour.

To date, the 2016 Challenge has over 40,000 participants signed up, with over 1,000 sign-ups daily. All participants will receive daily Challenge emails with financial tasks and reminders in the New Year. There is also a 24-hour online forum for participants seeking assistance, motivation, and accountability.

For additional information on the Live Richer Challenge, please visit