Twist and Shout

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Trentonian TV Production Notes: Freedom Episode 10

TRENTON -- Freedom Green broke into double figures with his 10th episode that featured the new president of the Trenton Downtown Association (who is still really wet behind the ears), another Trenton City Council member (who is still really confident about her plans) and a mother (who is still really aching over the murders of her friends).

Christian Martin has run the TDA for a month, and while it seems nice to have a young guy in that role focusing on the future of a broken city, we weren't sold on the virility of his answers. Not that he doesn't have a vision for the many pressing needs of Downtown Trenton, but Christian, you've got to speak with more conviction or no one in this city will listen to a word you say and they'll try to walk all over you because you sound so sweet.

Verlina Reynolds-Jackson was the fifth city councilperson to appear on Freedom's show, which is great. The whole point of Trentonian TV was to build bridges with the community -- #JRC's vaunted "community engagement" -- and here's some dude named Freedom Green coming into the newsroom every Monday morning and interviewing the city's movers and shakers. Things like that didn't use to happen. I still like Verlina, and she talks a great game, but it's just lip service unless we see results. She talked about doing something with Trenton's many abandoned buildings, yet when I showed the photo of the Manex "Hollywood East" industrial horror at the Roebling Complex she wasn't quite sure what to say.

There wasn't enough time for me to find this picture of a building right next to the new park they're building on Perry Street. How funny is THAT going to be when the park opens next to a boarded-up roach motel?

Demetria Mason talked to Freedom six days after her appearance on "The Tyrone Miller Show." Like she did then, the mother of a college-bound wrestler had to choke back tears as she talked about the wretched state of parenting in Trenton.

Here are some photos from the production:

Freedom and Christian talk as Demetria prepares her notes

Christian needs to speak with more authority

But he seems like a guy with big plans

Verlina says she has big plans. But let's see if they just stay plans.

Verlina's and Freedom's footwear


Verlina's hands

Verlina after her spot playing on a tech toy

Demetria's footwear

Demetria and Freedom and the world's greatest waffle

Verlina consoling Demetria afterward; strong moment

And here is the 55-minute episode: