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What started as a girls’ trip to the Palm Springs desert resulted in magic for Säje.

For the four singers who make up the group — Sara Garazek, Amanda Taylor, Johnaye Kendrick and Erin Bentlage — that creative bonding retreat resulted in a song that has now garnered a 2021 Grammy nomination for Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals. They’re the only ensemble of all-women arrangers/composers in the category.

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Junior Mance, an unfailingly tasteful pianist whose affinity for the blues served him well over a 70-year career, died on Jan. 17 at home in New York City. He was 92.

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Along with a label homecoming for legendary drummer-composer Joe Chambers.

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The Drone Racing League is entering its 5th season with tens of millions of fans all around the world now enjoying the competition.  DRL is the global, professional drone racing property for elite pilots.

Rachel Jacobson, a graduate of Cornell University and Middletown South High School in New Jersey, became President of the DRL in April of 2020 and has led the league to new heights in marketing, partnerships and strategies.

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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 Amazon.

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Despite facing a coronavirus pandemic and all the tight restrictions in place, two members of the Downtown Woodbridge Special Improvement District say they're extremely excited about what's happening there.

The District's President Vito Mazza, owner of Vito Mazza Salon and Spa, and Woodbridge Councilwoman Nancy Drumm joined WBGO Journal host Doug Doyle to talk about why they are so optimistic about the downtown of Woodbridge.

While Mazza says he's thrilled with recent changes to the downtown area, COVID-19 has been a challenge.

The city of Newark, in partnership with its homeless coalition, led by community organizer/activist Kym Gilchrist and Central Ward Councilwoman LaMonica McIver, held a day of service event to mark the MLK holiday, providing hot meals, COVID and HIV testing, as well as other wraparound services. Its all part of the city's ongoing efforts to address homelessness.

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