Award winning singer-songwriter, rapper, actress, and producer Dana “Queen Latifah” Owens “popped up” at Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District’s (LPCCD) “The Soul of Lincoln Park” this past weekend, dancing on stage paying homage to Newark’s deep roots in House Music while celebrating the City of Newark getting #BackTogetherAgain safely! Hosts Tobias Truvillion (Actor, Equal Standard; Tyler Perry’s Sistas; BET’s First Wives Club) and Alex Hill (News Anchor, WBGO) inserted messages of mask safety and COVID testing as did Mayor Ras J. Baraka, who stressed the importance of vaccinations and appreciating friends, family and loved ones every day.
The LPCCD event planners dialed back the number of vendors to allow for social distancing and a few thousand loyal fans danced in the park, or safely watched on live stream. The day-long experience served as a kick off to LPCCD’s abbreviated festival season due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. The event was entitled “The Soul of Lincoln Park”, which paid homage to Newark’s deep history with dance music culture. Openers DJ Shawn Lover and Music Producer, Songwriter, & DJ Wil Milton set the tone for Soul In The Horn with DJ Natasha Diggs which featured live horn instrumentation as part of the set.
Taking it home were Studio 54’s Kenny Carpenter, Kenny Bobien and headliner Alan King of Chicago’s Chosen Few. The mini-fest included local food trucks such as Afro Taco, The Original Golden Brown, and other local artisans and vendors.The weekend continued on Sunday, September 12th as “Peace In Lincoln Park” hosted nearly 300 participants for its debut in the City of Newark. Known as “Peace In The Park”, South Mountain Reservation’s long running meditation and wellness series, created by MED Ed and Zeal Cre8tive Studio LLC, is popping up in Newark’s Lincoln Park. The special edition entitled “Peace In Lincoln Park” was by meditation guru and Newark Hip Hop artist BRICK CITI BUDDHA and featured meditation, yoga, live music, vegan food, performances and local businesses.