When I was looking to leave Long Island in 2017, I checked out more than a few places around the NYC area. I wanted to be closer to the city. I wanted a place that hadn’t had the soul sucked out of it by gentrification. I wanted something that wouldn’t completely break my budget. I wanted a place that had a wealth of artistic and cultural happenings.
After a lot of research, I realized that Newark had all of those things and more.
It also had Marcy DePina.
I first came across Marcy at a Hip-Hop For Flint event at SOBs that I was attending along with my outlet, Birthplace Magazine, but soon realized her importance to the arts scene in and around Newark. I instantly became a fan, admiring her work with the Newark Arts organization, especially her work building up the Riverfront Park area. The annual ‘Hip-Hop Day,’ she orchestrated was one of the many compelling examples of why I realized Brick City would be a perfect epicenter for the next chapter of my personal and professional life.
It was, therefore, a bucket list item of sorts to be a guest on Marcy’s FORSA radio show on Newark.FM, a local, community-based online broadcast network, and this past week, I was honored to sit in the guest seat and talk about hip-hop, my work with The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy and the News Beat podcast, and more.
I encourage you to listen to the whole show (shouts to upcoming artist Samad Savage, who I mentioned briefly in a piece I wrote for Newark-based Brick City Live about hip-hop programming at the Newark Library), but if you are just looking for my interview, it starts at about 32 minutes in.
Thanks again to MD and the Newark.FM family.