A monthly, one-hour, live call-in program focusing on social, economic and political topics pertaining to Newark.
This month, our guests are three up-and-comers on the scene in Newark -- Akintola Hanif, photographer and editor-in-chief of Hycide Magazine; Andaiye Taylor, founder and editor-in-chief of Brick City Live, and Rashawn Davis, former city council candidate and ACLU-NJ organizer.
Plus, we're joined by Jeff Hobbs, the author of "The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League."
In 1987, Steven Pagones, a former assistant district attorney in Dutchess County, New York was accused of being one of six white men who raped and abducted Tawana Brawley, an African American teenager. Her allegations created a racial storm led by Rev. Al Sharpton, then a budding civil rights activist and minister who is now a major American political figure and the host of a talk show on MSNBC. A Grand Jury, after questioning 180 witnesses, concluded that Pagones was the victim of a hoax. He later won defamation suits against both Tawana Brawley and Al Sharpton. Pagones recounts the impact the case had on his life.
Derek Sanderson was the highest paid athlete in the world in 1972 when he left the NHL to play for Philadelphia in the WHA. Alcohol and financial woes led to Sanderson's downward spiral into homelessness. The two-time Stanley Cup Champion and teammate of Bobby Orr with the Boston Bruins has turned his life around. After spending more than a decade teaching kids about the dangers of alcohol and drugs, he's now a money manager in the Boston area.