Thanks to DIVAdend Entertainment for the following press release updating us on a special hip-hop project to support the Jena 6. If you're not familiar with the Jena 6 case check Wikipedia for the latest updates or visit Democracy Now for a summary of the situation.The Hip Hop World Descends On Birmingham
(Generation Next Takes A Stand For “Jena 6”)
Lloyd, Baby Boy, Sean P, Twista, Tank, Jagged Edge, Killer Mike, DTP’s Small World, and Hurricane Chris are among the first artist to join the Jena 6 movement to converge on historic Birmingham, AL and headline The “Jena 6” Empowerment Concert. The concert will give the consistently misunderstood musical generation a chance to make a positive statement. What better city than Birmingham (a key city in the civil rights movement) to set the stage for the hip hop community to shed light on an ever present problem, that continues to divide cultures and classes of youth throughout this county. Incidents that mirror the Jena 6 tragedy are increasing at an alarming rate; and communities across the country are enduring similar challenges like the residents of Jena, LA.
Since the unfortunate circumstances involving six of their peers has been predominately reported by adult press and media outlets, young people from the hip hop generation are now demanding that their voices also, be heard. The “Jena 6” Empowerment Concert will provide the perfect platform for them to positively express themselves. Seed money to host the event was pulled together by The Stop the Violence Movement (AE Music Group, LLC, Atlanta Sound & Lighting Company and God’s Pod Outreach Ministry, Inc.); who have worked tirelessly with Blaire Entertainment to provide our young people with a platform for positive expression. Upon hearing about the Jena 6 case, Abdul Chestnut (event organizer) felt compelled to contribute and coordinate the resources to bring appropriate media attention to this matter. One of the primary goals is to assist communities in economically empowering themselves, so that they may become self-sufficient.
By engaging the much criticized hip hop community to spearhead this movement, it gives them a chance to be apart of something special and an opportunity to rewrite history. “Any adult who ignores this Call to Action is guilty of neglect and should be held accountable,” continues Chestnut. The “Let Freedom Ring” Weekend will educate and involve the hip hop generation in a crusade strikingly similar to the one birthed by their ancestors, during the Civil Rights Movement.
Hip hop icons Twista, Sean P, Rasheeda, Baby Boy, B5, The LAX Boyz; along with R&B sensations Lloyd, Kandi (formerly of Xscape) Tank, The Chestnut Brothers and Jagged Edge are among the first artists to sign up for the benefit concert. “What’s happening to the Jena 6 is not an isolated incident; it could happen to any of us,” says Universal Recording artist and teen rap phenom, Baby Boy. We are asking men of all persuasions to stand on the “front line” with our young people and send a message demanding accountability of law enforcement officials and the judicial system. A press conference is scheduled for Friday, September 28th at 1:00 PM in front of the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum; with a peace rally to follow at Parker High School at 4:00 PM.
The benefit concert scheduled for Saturday, September 29th begins at 6:00 PM at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center. Tickets are available at the Box Office or online at Ticket Master.
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