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Newark’s Princess of Soul

Newark native, singer, and finalist on The Four: Battle for Stardom on FOX, Leah Jenea James has been nicknamed Brick City’s Princess of Soul. After attending a Newark City Hall camp at the age of eight, James realized she wanted to sing. She originally attended the...

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To the Stars and Back: Michael B. Jordan

In early 2018 Michael B. Jordan hosted a private screening of his box office smash hit Black Panther at his alma mater, Newark Arts High School. The 31 year-old actor was raised in Newark. He is noted for his role as the villain Erik Killmonger in the successful...

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To the Stars and Back: Griselle Ponce

Griselle Ponce is a professional dancer, dance Instructor, choreographer and actress. This Newark native and resident started her career winning the title of Ms. Teen Puerto Rico 1995. The following year, she booked a gig on Telemundo network’s Sabado47 as a dancer...

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To the Stars and Back: Queen Latifah

Dana Elaine Owens, aka Queen Latifah visited -Newark in 2015 to celebrate Mayor Ras Baraka’s birthday who she grew up with in Newark. Owens is a Newark-born musician, actress and entrepreneur. Owens released her first studio album in 1989 titled All Hail to the Queen,...

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To the Stars and Back: Whitney Houston

Because of Whitney Houston’s generous donations to UMDNJ’s University Hospital (now the Rutgers University Medical School) in Newark, the school named its Pediatric Special Care Unit after her. And the singer’s elementary school in East Orange, New Jersey, was renamed...

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