Hazel School holds 5th annual ‘Feel the Beat’ BHM event

Hazel School holds 5th annual ‘Feel the Beat’ BHM event

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Hazel Elementary School PTA held the school’s fifth annual Black History Month event, “Feel the Beat,” on Feb. 22. Students in grades K-5 lit up the Hazel stage with exciting performances of music, theater, dance and poetry. The evening, which was inspired by ancient black culture, was closed out by […]

Redwood School celebrates BHM with wax museums, assembly

Redwood School celebrates BHM with wax museums, assembly

WEST ORANGE, NJ — It was an exciting day at Redwood Elementary School as Black History Month came to a close on Feb. 28. Second-graders presented wax museums, students attended an assembly that featured the kings and queens of Africa and Egypt, and the West Orange High School girls’ and boys’ step teams performed. In […]

St. Cloud welcomes storyteller Queen Nur for BHM

St. Cloud welcomes storyteller Queen Nur for BHM

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Karen Abdul-Malik, better known to appreciative audiences as “Queen Nur,” enraptured students at St. Cloud Elementary School on Feb. 22 with her captivating storytelling program, “Sweet Potato Pie and Such.” The visit was part of St. Cloud’s Black History Month celebrations, which lasted throughout February. The program features Queen Nur and […]

Grammar school students ‘Speak Out’ at library event

Grammar school students ‘Speak Out’ at library event

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On Saturday, Feb. 9, Maplewood Memorial Library hosted the fourth annual “Kids Speak Out,” an event held during Black History Month that showcases the work of South Orange-Maplewood School District elementary school students. This event encourages students to express themselves through spoken word, poetry and art to celebrate Black History Month. Poetry […]

County recognizes ‘Essex Five’ for Black History Month

County recognizes ‘Essex Five’ for Black History Month

NEWARK, NJ — On Friday, Feb. 15, at the county’s 16th annual Black History Month celebration, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. presented Essex County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards to the NAACP Chapters in Essex County — Oranges-Maplewood, Newark, Montclair and Irvington — and the Urban League of Essex County. Known as […]

HNA to celebrate Black History Month

HNA to celebrate Black History Month

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Hilton Neighborhood Association will hold its Black History Month celebration on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in DeHart Center, 120 Burnett Ave. in Maplewood. Join HNA’s Poetry Circle as it reads and listens to poems by historic and contemporary black poets. This meeting is free and open to all. Everyone […]

AileyDance Kids residency culminates with SOPAC grand finale

AileyDance Kids residency culminates with SOPAC grand finale

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange Performing Arts Center, in partnership with The Ailey Organization’s Arts In Education & Community Program, facilitated a 16-week AileyDance Kids residency culminating with a grand finale performance on Feb. 6. Students from South Orange and Maplewood middle schools performed on the SOPAC stage, launching the school district’s observance of […]

South Orange-Vailsburg UMC to celebrate BHM

South Orange-Vailsburg UMC to celebrate BHM

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On Sunday, Feb. 24, the community is invited to the 10 a.m. worship service at the South Orange-Vailsburg United Methodist Church, at the corner of South Orange Avenue and Prospect Street in South Orange. The service will be a celebration of Black History Month and one in which the words of […]

New theater company creates opportunities on and off stage

New theater company creates opportunities on and off stage

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A new theater company will make its debut in Maplewood when “The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin” premieres at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 16 and 17, produced by Progressive Theater. Founded by Gregory Osborne, the company aims to put on shows targeted at minorities while […]

WSOU show to air special episode with Forrest Pritchett

WSOU show to air special episode with Forrest Pritchett

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — In honor of Black History Month, WSOU-FM’s “Thank God For Monday” program will air a special hour-long interview on Saturday, Feb. 16, with the Rev. Forrest Pritchett, an esteemed activist and mentor who currently serves as the director of Seton Hall University’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Program. Pritchett — […]

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