In an effort to support
the Katrina Relief efforts, Mississippi native David Banner continues to spear-head
support from his industry friends and has organized them for a series of star
studded Hip-Hop benefit concerts in support of the Mississippi survivors of Hurricane
Banner’s "Heal The Hood” Hurricane Relief Concert
will be held in Atlanta at Philips Arena tomorrow (September 17) and is supported
by many of David Banner's music industry friends and radio's powerhouse companies.
"The tragedy of Katrina has affected all of us, considerably
the worst natural disaster in US history. I feel that we all must unite to help
our fellow citizens in their time of need,” Banner said. “My vision
for this concert is designed to meet the immediate needs of those who are underprivileged
and have lost everything in areas that are looked over."
The relief concert aims to generate proceeds to benefit Hurricane
Katrina survivors in Mississippi.
Atlanta's own Mayor Shirley Franklin stated, "Given the
current crisis in the Gulf Coast, I am so pleased that so many of our local
and regional urban radio stations have united with David Banner and a number
of the nations acclaimed, Atlanta based celebrities to produce a benefit concert
that will assist thousands of evacuees in Atlanta and many of the smaller cities
that were devastated by Katrina."
Hosted by Lil' Jon, David Banner will be performing along with
his celebrity friends including Nelly, T.I., 8Ball and MJG, Ali & Big Gipp,
Boyz N Da Hood, Chopper and 112 with many more artists to be added.
Banner has also teamed up with Radio One, Clear Channel, Cumulus
Media, Cox Radio and Infinity Broadcasting to volunteer efforts to solidify
the concert's success.
“Radio One is honored that David asked us to be a part
of the 'Heal the Hood,’” states Marsha Meadows, Vice President of
Marketing for Radio One. “David Banner is a dear friend to Radio One,
we believe in him and his efforts. When Hurricane Katrina struck, we knew that
he would be one of the first Hip-Hop artists to step up to help Hurricane Katrina
victims because he is from Mississippi.”
Revenue generated and items collected from the "Heal the
Hood" Hurricane Relief Concert will be donated to the hardest-hit states
that need a great deal of aid, including communities in southern Mississippi,
southern Alabama, and New Orleans.
In related news, Banner will also be taking part in another
Hurricane Katrina relief concert being held in New York’s Time Square
on September 19.
Many of Hip-Hop’s elite has been confirmed to perform
at the benefit concert scheduled for September 19 at B.B. King’s Blues
Club including Memphis Bleek, Q-Tip, The Beatnuts, Styles P, The Last Poets
and the X-Ecutioners.
For more information on concert show times or to make donations
through the Heal the Hood Foundation, log on to www.healthehood.com for details.
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