NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Natasha Rodgers grew up around her grandfather Simuel’s non-profit organization.

The group supported needy families out of the Humanity Baptist Church in Newark in the 60's and 70's with meal programs, a low-cost thrift-store, and a “safe-play street,” where she remembers playing with other children "without fear of being harmed" in a cordoned off section of the Church’s otherwise dangerous neighborhood.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Rutgers alumni Sean Jones and Orrin Evans are headlining the Central Jersey Jazz Festival in New Brunswick on Saturday, September 19, from 1-6pm at George Street & Livingston Avenue, in what will be a must-see, free performance hosted by the New Brunswick Jazz Project.

Amid a tsunami of negative athletics department press, contemporary jazz giants Jones and Evans bring some good news to the Rutgers University community.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Trumpeter Lee Hogans’ latest album, What We Play is Life, is an impressive showcase of his fluency in the languages of jazz, funk, and soul. As Lee is a current member of legendary bassist Marcus Miller’s band and a former member of the bands of Maceo Parker, Prince, and Jay-Z, this comes as no surprise. 

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–The first exhibition at the Alfa Art Gallery to include all forms of media, ranging from oil painting and mixed media to stained glass and sculpture, is set to open this Friday, June 27th.

"Perceptions of the Human Body and Form" opens with a reception from 6:30 to 10:30 pm Friday night, and will be on exhibit until Saturday, July 26th.

The gallery is located at 108 Church Street in downtown New Brunswick.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Authorities are still searching for New Brunswick residents Jonathan Rodriguez, 21, and Steven Perez, 19, two of the three men charged with the murder of Raheem Fuqua.

Fuqua was fatally shot in front of his house on Seaman Street last Saturday.  The investigation has determined that Fuqua was the intended target of the shooting, which was not a random act.