Newark Mayor Ras Baraka was joined by a star-studded line-up Friday, Dec. 15, to host a community dinner for 300 homeless people at Weequahic High School in the city’s South Ward. Recording artist and actor Common, rapper Fabolous, and Charlamagne tha God and DJ Envy of Power 105 FM’s “The Breakfast Club” donned aprons to provide holiday cheer to those less fortunate.
“I pray that 2018 is a million times better for you than 2017 and everything that you wished for, hoped for, prayed for happens to you,” said Baraka to attendees.
“The people of Newark remind me of the people of Chicago. Wherever I relate to the people, I want to be there and do whatever I can do to help situations, I’m grateful to be here,” said Common. “This event reminds you there are people out there who don’t have a home and remind you there are people out there who are hungry. When we get to a certain level we should reach and bring other people.”
“It’s definitely important to have events like this because we have to take the responsibility to give back and show people who are less fortunate that we care about them, as well,” said Fabolous.
“I do so much work in Newark, and I do so many shows and I’m always in Newark, so to give back to the City of Newark and to give back to the people that always support me, it feels amazing,” said DJ Envy.
“Gratitude is always my attitude, I like to give of myself all the time. As a radio personality, I’m a public servant so I’m just here to serve the needs of the public,” said Charlemagne.
The event offered health screenings, too, in partnership with the city’s Homeless Coalition.