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Newark Mayor To Speak At Amiri Baraka
Poetry Camp On Friday

originally published: 08/09/2018

Newark Mayor To Speak At Amiri Baraka Poetry Camp On Friday

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka will speak at the ceremony to complete the four-week Amiri Baraka Poetry Camp on Friday, August 10, at 11:00am at the Cityplex12 Cinema, located at 360-394 Springfield Avenue in the city's Central Ward. For the past four weeks, the camp has worked with four classes of 12-18 youth, drawn from The HUBB, the Boys & Girls Club of Newark, and F.H.A.K. 2.0, a summer camp located in the Clubhouse Center of Hope.

Newark teachers and poets have conducted workshops in writing both poetry and prose, black literary culture, critical reading, spoken word performance, journaling, and different types of poetry.

The camp is coordinated by Fayemi Shakur, a freelance writer, cultural critic, and yoga teacher living in Newark. She has served as executive director of City Without Walls, public program manager at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, and managing editor and contributing writer at HYCIDE magazine, an arts and photojournalism publication. Her writing has been featured in numerous books and publications, including the New York Times.

At the ceremony, class members will perform samples of their work, and receive certificates of completion and poetry books.

Ras J. Baraka is a Newark, NJ native and the son of revered poet-activists Amina and Amiri Baraka whose family has lived in Newark for over 70 years. Ras studied at Howard University and was at the forefront of campus political and social activism.


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Saturday, Aug 18, 2018


90s By Nature Dance Party @ House of Independents, Asbury Park - 10:00pm

BALLYHOO! @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists @ Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park - 9:00pm

THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 5:00pm

ZEBRA @ The Wonder Bar, Asbury Park - 9:00pm

Blake Shelton @ Hard Rock Live Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 8:00pm

Legendary Beatles Recording Engineer Geoff Emerick @ The Vault at Victor Records , Berlin - 8:00pm

HAIR in Concert @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 10:00pm

AMERICAN IDOL: LIVE! 2018 @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 7:30pm

Billy Walton Band with Joe D'Angelo @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 8:00pm

REMEMBERING THE KING @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 7:00pm

Funky Feat @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Fuel (20th Anniversary Tour) w/ Ropetree, New Theory @ Starland Ballroom, Sayreville - 6:00pm

Ronnie Penque’s Panama Dead @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm


Saturday Night Fever @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 8:00pm

The Lion In Winter @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 8:00pm

Fern Hill @ New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch - 3:00pm and 8:00pm

Bob Goss and his Silver Sizzles @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 8:00pm

Shakespeare in the Park' Twelfth Night & Macbeth @ Various Bergen County Parks, Teaneck - 7:00pm


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