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One year after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered classrooms around the country and the world, a new NPR/Ipsos poll find U.S. parents are guardedly optimistic about the academic and social development of their children. 62% of parents say their child's education has been disrupted. And, more than 4 out of 5 would like to see schools provide targete…
 
Recreational marijuana is finally legal in the Garden State. After a failed bid to pass recreational marijuana in the state legislature, a statewide ballot question overwhelmingly approved by voters, and then disputes over how the new system would look, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three new laws last month effectively legalizing weed for personal use. …
 
We are coming to the end, we hope, of a melancholy season. There are a number of films in theatres and streaming currently which deal with the slow winding down of a life and the effect it has on family. Include in that Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari , a memoir of a Korean family’s move to farm in Arkansas in the 1980s, and Falling , actor turned directo…
 
The head of New York City’s school system is stepping down in a few weeks. Richard Carranza struggled to hold back tears as he mentioned he has 11 family members and close friends he has lost to Covid-19. He was asked, though, if his departure was connected to disagreements with the mayor on education policy. “I am leaving because I need to take ca…
 
New York City health officials are pushing back against a report showing a new coronavirus variant is rapidly spreading there. The New York Times cited research suggesting this new variant is quickly spreading and vaccines may be less effective against it. But New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said he disagreed because, he said, no…
 
Veteran actor Frank Grillo has trained as a boxer and martial artist for nearly four decades. That commitment has led to some of the most physical roles in the movie industry, including Boss Level which premieres on Hulu March 5. Boss Leve l is an independent action-thriller co-produced by Grillo along with director Joe Carnahan. It's one of at lea…
 
The film Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story of Fred Hampton, the Chicago Black Panther leader who was shot to death by law enforcement authorities in 1969. The film is generating Oscar buzz in all the major categories, including best picture. The 40 year-old Brooklyn-based director Shaka King tapped his uncle, a Harlem jazz musician, to co…
 
WBGO commentator Mildred Antenor has some advice for transracial couples who want to adopt. Antenor stresses during these troubled times, parents will still need to have "the talk" with their adopted children. Mildred Antenor is a professor and the author of The Gladioli Are Invisible: A Memoir. Click above to hear her commentary.…
 
The 41st Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series , One Begins Again: Organizing & the Historical Imagination, will be online on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 9:30am. The conference is presented by the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience. You can register here . Joining WBGO Journa l host Doug Doyle is D…
 
The Jazz and music world continues to mourn the loss of one its most beloved artists. Pianist, keyboardist, composer and Bandleader Chick Corea. Corea died on Wednesday, February 10 from a rare form of cancer that was diagnosed just recently. Corea is a revered figure in contemporary jazz but is also an artist whose work spanned fusion to classical…
 
After covering the pandemic for more than a year WBGO’s Alexandra Hill is one of the first on our staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Alexandra documented the experience as she received the second and final dose of the Moderna shot at the former Kmart location in West Orange New Jersey. “I made getting the vaccine a priority and was eager to sig…
 
The inspirational story of Davyeon Ross is just one of the many reasons why ShotTracker , the company he co-founded in 2013, has reached amazing heights in technology and sports. Ross, who was born and raised in Trinidad and Tibago, became an All-American basketball player at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. Ross joined SportsJam host Doug …
 
Two River Theater's most popular education program in Red Bank, New Jersey is creating something entirely new with Tiny Shakes: Romeo and Juliet, adapted and directed by Em Weinstein (A Little Shakespeare: Twelfth Night ). Weinstein and Two River's Education Director Kate Cordaro joined WBGO Journal host Doug Doyle to talk about the exciting and cr…
 
Like Toronto, NY and other film festivals, Sundance in the Plague Year was virtual. It reduced its scope and crammed 73 films into six days. Nothing unspooled, it all streamed digitally, with 28 satellite drive-in sites scattered around the country. Here in the East it was freezing, and we got the snow Park City didn’t. Our film critic Harlan Jacob…
 
The number one housing complaint in New York City during the winter months is a lack of heat. Tenants who want to force their landlords to provide adequate heat can call the city’s 311 line and request that an inspector from the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development visit their home but there are a limited number of inspectors a…
 
New Jersey prosecutors have filed charges against three correctional police officers for beating female prisoners the night of Jan. 11 at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women. Officials said the late-night attacks at the prison in Hunterdon County left the victims with scratches, concussions, and at least one orbital fracture. According to At…
 
The coronavirus pandemic has many people on edge and depressed. WBGO commentator Mildred Antenor's routine has worked for her long before the crisis came in 2020. Mildred has some advice for you. Mildred Antenor is a professor and the author of The Gladioli Are Invisible: A Memoir.Di Mildred Antenor
 
I can still feel the incredible and infectious spirit that pioneering actress Cicely Tyson displayed during a visit to the school named in her honor. Word of Tyson's death this week brought back powerful memories of the best event I covered in my 37 years of reporting in New Jersey. The special day was June 11, 1999 at the Cicely Tyson School of Pe…
 
Actress turned director Regina King’s One Night in Miami is a ‘what if’ fictional story about the night of Feb. 25, 1964 when 22-year-old Cassius Clay whups Sonny Liston for the Heavyweight championship of the world at the Convention Center in Miami. The film had its premiere at the Toronto film festival last September and has just released on Amaz…
 
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