Talib Kweli To Headline, Sway To Host 5th Annual Black August

The 5th Annual

Black August Benefit Concert will take place Wednesday August 28th, in New York

City. The event, which is billed as a celebration of hip-hop and freedom fighters,

is being dedicated to the reparations movement, will be headlined by Talib Kweli

and hosted by Sway and La Bruja of Def Poetry Jam.

"It's a natural

part of what I do," Kweli told AllHipHop.com. "I dont see how anybody

cannot support Black August, especially in the face of so much complacencey

and apathy in our communities."

Taking place at

Synod Hall on 110th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in New York City, the show will

also feature performances by Rise & Shine, Black Thought of The Roots, Tahir

w/duo Live, Welfare Poets w/Alkebulan, Tye Phoenix, Hip-Hop Project DJ Life

and Martin Luther.

"Black August

is the medicine needed to cure a lot of social illnesses within the hip-hop

community," Sway told AllHipHop.com. "The consciousness spread through

music and forums formal or spontaneous is the balance that is the void in the

rap industry. Plus the stage performances are dope and entertaining. Everyone

at some point should take a pilgrimage to Black August."

Kweli, who is also

preparing to release his latest album "Kwelity," added "To be

responsible for our community is not something that I feel anybody should be

applauded for, it's something that has to be done."

Doors open at 7

P.M. and the show starts at 8 P.M. Tickets are $20 in advance. For more information

you can call 718-622-8292 or email mxgmny@hotmail.com.