After dead vultures and a 2.3 magnitude earthquake, we’re in need of some uplifting North Jersey news — and luckily, today’s local headlines have delivered. The one and only Queen Latifah — along with Mayor Ras Baraka — will be hosting a 24-hour anti-violence event in Newark this weekend called ’24 Hours of Peace.’ This event is a Newark tradition and aims to encourage and celebrate a violence-free community by taking a day-long ‘time out’ from violence. There will be music, including headliner performances by Faith Evans, Fabolous, and CL Smooth; a poetry session; food + retail vendors; a midnight movie; and much more. This free, public event will be held on Springfield Avenue between Bergen and Blum Streets from 6PM on September 2nd to 6PM on September 3rd. Read on to learn more about about the 24 Hours of Peace event, happening in Newark tomorrow.
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About 24 Hours of Peace 2022
24 Hours of Peace is a local Newark tradition. The concept behind the event was to engage the community in a day-long, violence-free celebration with hip hop music, food, activities, and more.
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“The 24 Hours of Peace event is more than an occasion to enjoy entertainment, food, poetry, and movies,” Mayor Baraka said, per the City of Newark website. “It is a time for our residents to unify, to get access to important resources and information, to share ideas and solutions at a town hall meeting, and join together to end violence and move a peaceful Newark forward.”
This event typically garners celebrity support. In past years, celebrities to support the initiative have included Snoop Dogg, Talib Kweli, and Big Daddy Kane, per Patch. The 2022 host is Newark native Queen Latifah.
This year’s event will run from Friday, September 2nd at 6PM to Saturday, September 3rd at 6PM. It will run on Springfield Avenue in Newark between Bergen and Blum Streets — and it has quite the line-up of fun entertainment.
Headline performers, who will perform on Friday, include Faith Evans, Fabolous, CL Smooth, and Hakim Green — the co-founder of 24 Hours of Peace. On Saturday, performers include: Rowdy Rebel, Fivio Foreign, G Herbo, and 2Rare. There will also be local artists who will perform across both days.
In addition to music, there will be about 200 retail and food vendors, community resource information, a poetry session, a town hall meeting, a hip hop and mental forum, and a midnight movie.
Queen Latifah’s Newark Connection
Queen Latifah has roots in a few North Jersey locations, though Newark in particular means a lot to her. Queen Latifah was born Dana Owens in Newark and grew up nearby in East Orange, New Jersey. Though she’s become a superstar, she never forgot where she came from. Since leaving Newark, Latifah has returned to film her show, The Equalizer, and even came back this April to help break ground on a new high-rise building.
“There’s love in this city,” Latifah said of the project. “There’s love from this Owens family for this city.”