On Thanksgiving Day, various Roc-a-Fella artists
and Jay-Z will perform together in a benefit concert with proceeds going to the
New York City Mission Society's Team and Jay-Z's own Scholarship Fund. The concert
will take place at Hammerstein Ballroom at 10:00pm with multi-platinum selling
Jay-Z headlining the show, with special guest appearances.
New York City Mission Society and Roc-A-Fella's
partnership began in 1998 with a basketball empowerment program called Team
Roc. This program was put into place to provide at-risk youth with the opportunity
to achieve academic excellence, the skills necessary to achieve personal growth,
as well as other programs in education, prevention services and arts. New York
City Mission Society is the city's oldest private social service agency serving
children and families of Central Harlem and the South Bronx.
In addition, Jay-Z's final stop as "principal
for a day" is today in San Francisco. He has made stops all over the US
in an effort to promote youth education, as well as his new album The Blueprint
2: The Gift & The Curse. While touring, Jay-Z made stops at schools,
addressed the students and took part in other principal-type activities.
His first double-disc set released by Def Jam,
is the follow-up to last year's The Blueprint. The new album, led by
"'03 Bonnie & Clyde" featuring Beyonce Knowles, includes additional
guest appearances by Dr. Dre, Rakim, the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams, Truth
Hurts and Lenny Kravitz.
Jay-Z debuted at number one after the double
disc moved almost 550,000 units in its first week of release.