David Banner 'Heals The Hood' With Benefit Concerts

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.

David Banner’s

highly anticipated album Certified hits stores on September 20.