The "Underground Poets Railroad" spoken
word tour kicked off last week. The show features poetry acts that vary from
city to city as well as hip-hop artists Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, Professor
Griff and DJ Jazzy Jeff.
The tour kicked off Hattiesburg, Mississippi
and will stop in Atlanta, Washington D.C. and New York. Producers of the show
held a concert last year that was hosted by P.Diddy in New Orleans. That concert
featured Jermaine Dupri, Fabolous and others and footage of the concert will
be combined to create a spoken word/hip-hop tribute film.
The proceeds of the film will benefit the families
of African-American firefighters who died during the September 11th terrorist
attacks against America.