David Banner and Talib
Kweli have been tapped to headline the 7th Annual Black August Hip Hop Benefit
Concert taking place in New York City on Sunday.
The concert is
produced by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. It’s held in August and
according to organizers, that particular month should be honored as a time of
Afrikans were brought to Jamestown as slaves in August of 1619, so August is
a month during which Blacks/New Afrikans can reflect on our current situation
and our self-determining rights,” the official website for the concert
dead prez, Jean
Grae, Saigon and Flo Brown will round out the evening’s performers. Fat
Joe, The Roots, Mos Def, Keith Murray and others are previous performers. Surprise
guests are known to drop in and participate in the festivities.
In addition to
the traditional U.S. show, an international show will take place August 14th
in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Previous international shows took place in Cuba and South
The concept of
Black August originated in the California penal system and the history and ideology
was conceived by Khatari Gaulden, leader of the prison movement group Black
Tickets are on
sale now and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or by calling 212.307.7171.