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NBFF: forty years of showcasing independent films

Newark begins their Black Film Festival for the fortieth year. This is an immense opportunity to check out some surprisingly good films revolving around African American history and all for free! As the summer months commence, trying to find interesting and educational things to do for all ages is a challenge. With the fourth of July just around the corner, there are several towns hosting many festivities. The World Cup is keeping everyone on edge, yet for those who are not soccer fans there are other fun (affordable) things to do in and around Newark.

Newark Museum and Newark Public Library are both hosting the Black Film Festival. There is quite a lineup with both adult and youth films. The film festival actually started on June 25th, however, there is a showing tonight at 7pm at the Newark Museum. The film being showcased is an adult film called 20 Feet From Stardom; about the back up singers to some of the great music legends of the 21st century. If you are up to braving those thunderstorms they keep talking about, get out and see it! The youth films will start on July 7th and run until August 13th. Monday film showings will be presented at the Newark Public Library and Wednesday film showings will be at Newark Museum. Click here for the itinerary of youth movies.

Please if you get a chance to view any of the movies, leave a comment below about how it was. Those of you who may not be into films, Newark Museum has great exhibits and their annual Jazz in the Garden show will be available starting July 10th. In addition, NJPAC has their Sounds of the City free concerts going on. So come on and check out what Newark has to offer during the summer months!

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