David Banner, Talib Kweli Tapped For Black August

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


“The first

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

Guerilla Family.

Tickets are on

sale now and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or by calling 212.307.7171.