Gilda

     "Connecting arts, culture and entertainment to the community," is the tagline for Frank Talk Multi-Media Network, as well as the essence of what Gilda Rogers is all about.  She wears many hats as an award-winning journalist, producer, historian, educator and community activist. 

     Gilda is also the Community Relations Liaison for Two River Theater, which was named one of the top 10 Regional Theaters in the country.  As a cultural critic, Gilda was the impetus behind the award-winning series called "Let's Talk About Race," that is presented monthly at the Red Bank Public Library.

     Gilda worked in the fashion industry for 15 years and is known for her style and flair.  She recently received the "Women of Achievent" Award from AAUW, for her tireless work with the T. Thomas Fortune Foundation.  She took on the herculean task to save the home of T. Thomas Fortune (1856-1928), the African American journalist and social justice crusader of the 19th and 20th Centuries. 

     His home, which is only one of two National Historic Landmarks in New Jersey devoted to African American Heritage, was in the crosshairs of being demolished until Gilda stepped in and formed a committee of concerned citizens to save the home. 

     The home will open in late fall as the T. Thomas Fortune Cutlural Center.  Gilda has a ZEST for life and is living it to the fullest. 

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