Black August Hip Hop Benefit Concert
The 22nd annual Black August Hip Hop Benefit Concert approaches and rather than break tradition, a virtual alternative has been worked out. The free virtual concert is scheduled for August 30th at 4 pm ET, and it will be hosted on BlackAugustHipHop.com via Youtube. The concert has scheduled Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), and Rapsody to headline a night of exceptional hip hop talent. The lineup includes names like Big K.R.I.T., Audiopush, and M1 of Dead Prez.
A Night With A Purpose
The concert is organized through a joint effort, courtesy of the Malcolm Grassroots Movement, and the Movement for Black Lives. In the midst of civil turmoil in the country, the proceeds will go towards those fighting for their freedom as a result of their fight for social justice. This concert comes weeks before the most recent misuse of force by police in America in the shooting of Jacob Blake. The concert’s co-producer Monifa Bandele stated, “Now in 2020, during a global pandemic, we are facing another racial justice reckoning and a wave of uprisings all over America. There are still so many reasons for us to celebrate Black August, and we will continue the legacy by amplifying our history of resistance and creating spaces for Black people to come together in community to recharge the revolution.” Rapsody also commented on her involvement, “If we don’t care, if we don’t use our voice, if we don’t support these calls to action, how can we progress? So many before us, so many political prisoners, sacrificed for us to have the opportunities we are afforded today. I couldn’t create the art I do without some of those sacrifices. It’s now my turn to do my part so that those now and after me will have even more freedoms and opportunities.” The night was designed to empower the people of America to fight for the freedom owed to them. Reform has been something that America has needed for decades and has reached a boiling point in the last year, prompting greater numbers of celebrities to become involved in this movement. Hip-hop has always had a place within this movement and recently, artists such as Ice Cube have begun to leverage their platform more aggressively. Hopefully, we see prisoners of the social justice movement set free as a result of events like the Black August Hip Hop Benefit Concert.
Here are a few snippets of previous Black August concerts as well as messages from the artists themselves.