A New Jersey lawmaker has recently introduced a bill that bans children under the age of 12 from playing tackle football in the Garden State.
Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri-Huttle points to studies that show brain injuries at a young age can have devastating effects later in life. Her legislation would limit children under 12 to just flag or touch football.
Just the thought of tacking tackle out of one of America’s most popular sports has outraged Sal, who coaches his child. “It’s horrible, why would we let the politicians decide what our kids are allowed to play.”
The Supreme Court ruling that allows all states to have legalized sports betting could help Atlantic City casinos generate additional revenue.
Public finance attorney David Fernandez says sports wagering gives Atlantic City a new opportunity to draw tourists, but it might benefit casino companies more than the city because sports gambling could be made available online.
“It may not be the boom that they think it’s going to be if the online gambling takes off and becomes an alternative that folks might want to do instead.”
Over forty years ago the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Mount Laurel decision was hailed nationally. It proclaimed it was unconstitutional for local zoning to exclude housing for its poor and working class.
In early June we'll be marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy during the 1968 presidential campaign. There's a fraternity of independent researchers and journalists who believe that the New York senator was killed by someone other than Sirhan Sirhan.
There's a new book coming out about the assassination titled Broken Glory.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer and choreographer Jamar Roberts talks about his love for choreography, working with Ailey dancers, and the inspiration for his new piece, Members Don't Get Weary, premiering at the company's 20th annual Mother's Day Engagement at NJPAC.
Newark’s first lady of Jazz and WBGO Co-Founder and special events coordinator will celebrate her 80th birthday this summer. The New Jersey Performing Arts center is commemorating the occasion with a special night of jazz in her honor. Dorthaan Kirk has had a tremendous influence on the world of jazz over her more than 40 year career.
Jazz saxophonist Don Braden has worked with Dorthaan Kirk for the last two decades producing three jazzathons together. Braden describes the moment the two met in 1998 when he became director of NJPAC’s jazz for teens program.
The Dean of Boston Jazz Radio, WGBH's Eric Jackson and WBGO's midday host Rhonda Hamilton have known each other for many years.
WGBH is celebrating Erick Jackson's 40th anniversary at that public radio station in Boston with a series of events and honors. Who better to chat with Eric than Rhonda Hamilton? Hamilton is nearing her 40th year at Newark's jazz institution WBGO.
Celebrating Newark's 'First Lady of Jazz,' the WBGO News team spoke with WBGO founder Bob Ottenhoff, NJPAC president John Schreiber, and Bethany Baptist Church member Linda Caldwell Epps about Dorthaan Kirk's influence in jazz and the community.
The short film Passaic is a flashback to gritty times in northern New Jersey. It’s centerpiece, two murders that resulted in what would be the longest murder trial in state history at the time. There's still unanswered questions. The case remains unsolved.
“To this day people that are involved in the case know that the truth never came out,” said Michael Klausner, writer and producer of the film Passaic.
Tap Into Newark reporter Mark Bonamo gives his thoughts on the WBGO Newark Mayor Debate last Thursday.
Current mayor Ras Baraka is being challenged by Councilwoman Gayle Cheneyfield Jenkins.
The debate was moderated by Newark Today host Michael Hill of NJTV. The reporters who asked questions at the debate including WBGO's Alexandra Hill and Ang Santos, Karen Yi of NJ Advance Media and Tap Into Newark's Mark Bonamo.
The segment begins with highlights of the opening of the debate at Express Newark Lecture Hall.
This is as good a time as any to take a little time out from the crazy-making news cycle and check in at the movies. The Tribeca Film Festival opens this week, and it’s the festival that counts now in NYC, with close to 100 films in the feature film lineup of which 46 are directed by women.
There are 10 films in this Year’s Tribeca International Competition, and I’m looking forward to seeing Amateurs a Swedish comedy about competing films about a small town—the one by the town investment board and the other one by a couple of teenagers, who tell a different story.
Near the Great Falls in the Historic District of Paterson, New Jersey sits the Essex and Phoenix Mills. An industrial center of buildings that were once meant to harness the cascading water power, now transformed into an area where artists can live and create their work.
It’s taken decades for Jason Moran to understand the artistry of Cecil Taylor, the brilliant American pianist who left us last Thursday, on April 5. A few years ago, The Checkout visited Moran’s New York studio to celebrate the visionary iconoclastic artist, just before paying homage at Harlem Stage.
Honoring Cecil Taylor with pianist Jason Moran in conversation and concert at Harlem Stage.
On this very special Checkout podcast, Moran reflects on his hero in conversation, then honors him in performance.
The city of Newark celebrated the opening of its new 6th precinct boosting its police presence in the city’s West Ward. The building that will now house the precinct was previously used for special operations. Mayor Ras Baraka says it will now act as a fully functioning precinct, something residents had been asking for, for decades.
When you think of France, sure you think of cheese and berets, baguettes and love--or at least adultery--and what else? Wine. You think of the Bordeaux you can’t afford, snapped up by those pesky Russian oligarchs and Chinese financiers. Or the Rhones that are earthy, or the Rosés that, while not fine wines are runaway must-have now on the American Left and Right Coasts to augment their Mediterranean diets.