NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The TV show “Def Poetry Jam” returned to an online audience Saturday with a mega-marathon benefiting COVID-19 patients and Newark, New Jersey’s most under-served communities.

Among the poets was Newark’s mayor, Ras Baraka.

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The live-streamed event featured dozens of poets and performers.

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The benefit was coordinated through Newark Symphony Hall‘s #EmbraceNewark Initiative, which is supporting those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

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For more information on the initiative, visit newarksymphonyhall.org/embrace-newark.