Posts bySean M Brown

The Mayor’s Promise

Editors Note: We accidentally cut off the camera about 90 seconds before the mayor completed here remarks. In what could be her final annual update, on Wednesday, February 15th, Mayor Dana L. Redd gave remarks as an update on what she describes as “Camden’s resurgence”. She stuck to common phrases and themes related to “moving Camden forward”. “What is a promise?”, the mayor asked. In her view, promises that have been made by the political establishment have been kept. She listed her original goals as restoring accountability to city hall, education reform, and making communities safer. She describes her progress
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Camden’s Yungest Legend

Over the weekend, 17 year old Camden, NJ native Yung Poppa released his latest single “I Got the Keys Freestyle”. The song is a banging anthem for the living and lost, youth and entrepreneurs. In the song, he touches on politics, community, and fashion. Listen here. The song prominently displays the key and city silhouette logo of grassroots community organization CANDO. Camden African Neighborhood Development Organization, founded by Anthony “Mancakes” Ways is central to the song. CANDO sponsors athletic games throughout the year to build community, reduce violence, and provide a space for leaders to plan the next steps.  In a city
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Voters’ Voices: Camden & the Presidential Election

  In October, I went to different neighborhoods in Camden to talk to residents and visitors about the presidential election. I found Trump, Clinton, and Stein supporters as well as people that were still undecided. Every time I went out, I was joined by different people that helped do video and get people to be interviewed.  Davelle did most of the editing, with Helyx, Milena, and I contributing as well. I targeted young adults and tried to get a diverse group of people to talk in front of the camera. I did find a Black man that was voting for
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Criminal Justice Reform, Booker, & Camden

A few weeks ago, as reported by the Courier Post, Sen. Cory Booker, Camden County Metro Police Chief J. Scott Thomson, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, and Pastor William Heard of Kaighn Ave. Baptist Church sat on a stage discussing criminal justice reform. For the most part, they seemed informed and aware of the mess the all levels of government created in response to an illegal drug market and drug war that started in the 1980s. The openly unresolved issue of urban America, certainly Camden, is economics and jobs.  It doesn’t make much of a difference to talk about prison rates,
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Pyne Poynt Baseball Movie

The Trailer PYNE POYNT – Official Trailer from Dan Fipphen on Vimeo. CAMDEN  — For those looking for real stories of hope and transformation in this time of national struggle – led by everyday people – let me recommend Pyne Poynt Baseball, which documents young people in my hometown focused on their own and their community’s transformation, through America’s pastime – baseball. Okay, I admit it. I was bored of hearing about Bryan Morton and his youth baseball team, which plays and practices next to Heroin Highway, a known for the drug trade here in Camden. There were so many
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Camden Voters Discuss the Primaries

In the last few weeks, Media Organizer Sean M Brown talked to voters in Camden about jobs, new development projects, and voting. Watch the quick video to hear what a few people are saying.  On Tuesday, June 7th voters will go to the polls to cast votes for the primary. Please share and comment. After the election polls close at 8pm, click here for results.  Unsure of where to vote? Click here. Continue to check NJ Platform for stories about what residents in Atlantic City and Camden are saying about the biggest issues in Camden.
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Meet Camden’s Next Generation of Underground Artists

  The arts are alive in Camden. There is a new generation of artists that range from poets and rappers to painters and taggers. They want to have fun in peaceful environments. They are diverse in every way. They have friends from all over the area. They are aware of the negative image of Camden and prove that you cannot paint the city with a broad brush. In April, I got to hang out with Kingsley Ibeneche, a Creative Arts High School and University of the Arts graduate.  A son of Nigerian born parents, Kignsley and his friends decided to
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Camden Love Hate: A movie review

Submitted by: Sean M. Brown A few days ago, I joined about 100 attendees for the first private showing of Camden Love Hate, a documentary that students from Camden Center for Youth Development, a Camden alternative school, filmed with handheld cameras. The project was initiated and directed by Daniel Meirom, professional film maker, in collaboration with CCYD. The project started in 2008. In the opening scene of the movie, a news broadcaster describes one of the most horrific crimes in Camden’s history: the murder of two teens that sat in a car, attacked by a man with a machete and gun. I
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The biggest day of the year for Camden development

Here’s five things you should know about the Cooper’s Ferry Annual Meeting Every spring, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership holds its Annual Meeting, a $125-a-ticket event where developers, construction companies, city officials, politicians, as well as architects, lawyers, and a few community leaders mingle in front of the shark tanks at the Camden Aquarium. Cooper’s Ferry is a non-profit development company that works in very close partnership with Camden city government to attract business investment to the city as well as effect change in education and public safety. As someone who has been to these events before, I know that important conversations
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