• Newark Stories: Dwight Washington

    October 27, 2016. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    The history of Newark is full of stories of the many housing projects that came to define the city. It's actually where the city got it's beloved nickname -- Brick city. Most of the projects are now a distant memory, either torn down or boarded up and abandoned. However, the people and the stories remain engrained in the fabric of the city.

    Dwight Washington is one of those people. He grew up in Baxter Terrace, one of the first housing projects -- not just in Newark, but in the country. Built in 1941, BT was at one point the height of WC housing in Newark. It became so much a part of housing history in this country that several parts of the original structure are now on display at the smithsonian in Washington DC.

    This is Dwight Washington's story of what life was like in the now infamous housing projects known as Baxter Terrace.

  • Allan Harris Performs on Singers Unlimited

    October 27, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Allan Harris stops by Singers Unlimited to talk to Michael Bourne about his new album, Nobody's Gonna Love You Better, and share a few songs live in our studio.

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  • Newark Stories: Bill May

    October 26, 2016. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    Bill May has been photographing the worlds most famous jazz musicians for decades. He also taught music to children in Newark for forty years and retired as the district's Director of Artistic and performing arts.

    He found inspiration early in his life from his father, Boyd Vernon May, a man of faith who was a working man by day, and musician by night.

    Boyd Vernon May died in 1993.

  • Newark Stories: Reverend Louise Scott-Rountree

    October 25, 2016. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    Perched atop a hill on Martin Luther King Blvd in the heart of Newark’s central ward sits a soaring and powerful remnant of Newark’s rich history as an industrial giant, the famed Kruger-Scott Mansion.

    The 26-room mansion, built in 1887 by German immigrant turned wealthy beer baron Gottfried Kruger, is one of the remaining symbols of the wealth that once permeated throughout the city.

    The mansion, now on the national registry of historic places, was last owned by Louise Scott, a dynamic businesswoman who established a successful chain of beauty salons in Newark, and is believed to have been the city’s first African-American female millionaire. Ms. Scott purchased the home in 1959 and maintained it both as her residence and the location of her Scott College of Beauty Culture until her death.

    Scott’s only daughter, Reverend Louise Scott-Rountree, grew up in the house from the time she was born and recalls what life was like in the now vacant mansion.

  • Joanna Connor Visits the Blues Break With Michael Bourne

    October 24, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    Blues singer and guitar virtuoso Joanna Connor talks to Michael Bourne about her new album and shares stories about making her bones on the Chicago scene with heavyweights like Buddy Guy.

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