The Rediscovery of Downtown Newark: Lincoln Park Music Festival

Posted: August 5, 2010 in Articles, music, Q.Whitening Photos
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I grew up in Newark, New Jersey during a time when teen pregnancy was as common as a mop in your house. Single parent homes were married to drug abuse, poverty, and violence as if life was meant to be lived this way. Unfortunately, this environment was what I called home. Moments of joy was far and few in between at times. But the very few times that joyful moments did show themselves, we tried our best to appreciate them because we had no idea when the next time one would come. Even at my age now, whether it’s because of Newark’s past or not, violence still roams the streets. Sometimes it feels as if Newark was hit by a violent plague that seems to have no cure in sight. But under the surface of this chaotic layer lies hearts of love that are trying their best to cure the streets of Newark. There are people who live in the homes of these dangerous streets, who are really trying to make a difference. And whether they are over looked because of Newark’s violent shadow, their time to shine came on the weekend of July 30th, 2010. The Lincoln Park Music Festival is one of those joyous events needed to help Newark overcome it’s tumultuous personality. I got to see all kinds of ethnic backgrounds, ages, and genders have such a good time together that it had me think for this one weekend we all were sharing the same heart. I was so pleased to be apart of this and even more satisfied to photograph it. So I felt it would be more then fitting to have this Lauryn Hill track introduce my two part Lincoln Park Music Festival series. I hope you enjoy and thank you.

Lauryn Hill- Every Ghetto, Every City

“Welcome To Newark’s Lincoln Park Music Festival”

“We Love Music”

“My First Board”

“Fun Times in The City”


“A Friend of Photography”

“Heavy Air”

“African Culture”

“I Always Had A Love For Good Music”

“Gregory: Master Your Art”

“Rythme of the Day”

“The Art of The Elephant”

Song By: Lauryn Hill

Written By: Q.Whitening

Photos By: Q.Whitening

  1. Michele Morgan says:

    I LOVE these pictures! Now this is the “REAL Brick CITY!” And this is why WE LOVE Newark!

  2. Mari B says:

    Love the African Culture shots. And the guy with the Fro. Opposite color spectrums, yet two very vibrant pixies.

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