• Newark Stories: Tracey Norman

    October 19, 2016. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    In the mid 1970s, Newark, New Jersey​-native Tracey Norman was the first African American transgender model to work in the beauty industry. She did so undetected. Tracey graced the pages of fashion magazines all over the world including Essence​ and Vogue Italia​, and was best known for appearing on a box of Clairol​ hair color, before her outing nearly ended her career.

    After a near 30-year hiatus Tracey “Africa” Norman is back. After sharing her story and recently appearing on the cover of New York Magazine, Tracey is again working with Clairol as the face of the new, “As Real As You Are” ad campaign.

    This is her story.

  • Jimmy Heath Talks to Eulis Cathey

    October 18, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    NEA Jazz Master and living legend Jimmy Heath stops in with Eulis Cathey to talk about his 90th birthday celebration concert. Heath shares the story behind his switch from alto to tenor saxophone and how he was first hired to record for Riverside records.

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  • Newark Stories: Khali Raymond

    October 17, 2016. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    All October, WBGO is celebrating Newark, New Jersey​'s 350th Anniversary with stories from your friends, family and neighbors, all around the city.

    Khali Raymond​ is 17 years old, and he's has written six books. His experience in writing and self-publishing earned the recognition of Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka​, who hosted his first official book signing at City Hall.

    Only a senior at East Side High School, Kahli already envisions a day where he'll be honored with a key to the city for his accomplishments. He sat down to talk about what life was like before he finished writing his first novel "The Ballad of Sidney Hill."

  • Marty Elkins Performs on Singers Unlimited

    October 17, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    Singer Marty Elkins stops by Singers Unlimited with Michael Bourne. The two discuss the transformative experience that was Marty's first exposure to a Billie Holiday record and Marty demonstrates that profound influence with a live performance here at WBGO's studio.

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  • King Solomon Hicks Visits the Blues Break

    October 17, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    King Solomon Hicks stops by the Blues Break to talk to Michael Bourne about the musical upbringing that had him performing at only 13 years old - and to treat us to a solo performance.

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