Love Sees All: A Creative Call to Action

Love Sees All: A Creative Call to Action

June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s about 11:30 at night – on the evening of the Orlando Nightclub Shooting.  Yet again, forced to face another day where deeply seated emotions come seething out.  Litigators argue over the availability of automatic weapons in the hands of the populace; protesters fight to proclaim how black lives equate with others; and people stand...

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New Jersey Groundbreaker: Milton Babbitt

August 23, 2015 | 1 Comments

Milton Babbitt was an avant-garde composer and one of the first Americans to write electronically synthesized music. Synopsis Born on May 10, 1916, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Milton Babbitt learned to play the violin as a 4-year-old and began arranging music by age 7. The highly influential avant-garde composer and teacher was one of the first...

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GROUNDBREAKING NEWARK, NJ NATIVE: 
Queen Latifah

New Jersey Groundbreaker: Queen Latifah

August 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Queen Latifah is an American rapper, record producer and actress known for her roles in the films Set it Off, Bone Collector, Last Holiday and Chicago. Synopsis Famed musician and actress Queen Latifah was born on March 18, 1970, in Newark, New Jersey. Her debut album All Hail to the Queen sold more than 1 million copies,...

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GROUNDBREAKING NEWARK, NJ NATIVE: 
Paul Simon

New Jersey Groundbreaker: Paul Simon

August 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

American singer-songwriter Paul Simon is an influential figure in American rock music. He is known for his work as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, and for his long-running success as a musician. Synopsis American singer-songwriter Paul Simon has made significant contributions to the American rock tradition. He began his career as part of...

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GROUNDBREAKING SOUTH ORANGE, NJ NATIVE: 
Lauryn Hill

New Jersey Groundbreaker: Lauryn Hill

August 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

When singer, songwriter and actress Lauryn Hill released her solo debut album, she became the first woman or hip-hop artist to win five Grammy Awards. Synopsis Lauryn Hill was born in South Orange, New Jersey, on May 26, 1975. In 1998, Lauryn Hill released her solo debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and became the...

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GROUNDBREAKING HOBOKEN, NJ NATIVE: 
Frank Sinatra

New Jersey Groundbreaker: Frank Sinatra

August 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Frank Sinatra was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century, forging a career as an award-winning singer and film actor. Synopsis Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on December 12, 1915, Frank Sinatra rose to fame singing big band numbers. In the ’40s and ’50s, he had a dazzling array of hit songs...

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GROUNDBREAKING NEWARK, NJ NATIVE: 
Frankie Valli

New Jersey Groundbreaker: Frankie Valli

August 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Frankie Valli is a U.S. vocalist known for his distinctive falsetto as lead singer of The Four Seasons, who had major hits like “Sherry,” “Working My Back to You” and “Who Loves You.” Valli is a successful solo artist as well with singles like “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and “Grease.” Synopsis Frankie...

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GROUNDBREAKING RED BANK, NJ NATIVE: 
Count Basie

New Jersey Groundbreaker: Count Basie

August 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

One of jazz music’s all-time greats, bandleader/pianist Count Basie was a primary shaper of the big-band sound that characterized mid-20th century popular music. Synopsis Count Basie was born on August 21, 1904, in Red Bank, New Jersey. A pianist, he played vaudeville before eventually forming his own big band and helping to define the era...

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GROUNDBREAKING ENGLEWOOD, NJ NATIVE: 
Dizzy Gillespie

New Jersey Groundbreaker: Dizzy Gillespie

August 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

A jazz trumpeter and composer, Dizzy Gillespie played with Charlie Parker and developed the music known as “bebop.” His best-known compositions include “Oop Bob Sh’ Bam,” “Groovin’ High,” “Salt Peanuts” and “A Night in Tunisia.” Synopsis Born on October 21, 1917, in Cheraw, South Carolina, Dizzy Gillespie, known for his “swollen” cheeks and signature (uniquely...

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GROUNDBREAKING PRINCETON, NJ NATIVE: 
Paul Robeson

New Jersey Groundbreaker: Paul Robeson

August 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Paul Robeson was an acclaimed 20th century performer known for productions like The Emperor Jones and Othello. He was also an international activist. Synopsis Born on April 9, 1898, in Princeton, New Jersey, Paul Robeson went on to become a stellar athlete and performing artist. He starred in both stage and film versions of The Emperor...

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