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Artists Continue To Aid Katrina Victims

The music community continues to respond to the immense need for aid in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, pledging talent, money and other means of support for thousands of suffering Gulf Coast residents

The music community continues to respond to the immense need for aid in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, pledging talent, money and other means of support for thousands of suffering Gulf Coast residents.

Through his Mississippi-based Heal the Hood foundation, hip-hop artist David Banner is organizing a benefit concert in Atlanta to raise funds and collect items for victims of the killer storm. The Sept. 17 event at Philips Arena will also feature performances by Nelly, T.I., Young Jeezy, 8Ball & MJG and Twista.

In addition to proceeds from ticket sales (information about which was not yet available at deadline), monetary donations will be accepted at the show, as will food, clothing and other supplies.

"Mississippi is an area that has been hard hit but not getting much attention from the media," says Banner, who is in that state distributing food and water and aiding the relief effort. "My heart goes out to all those affected, however, I needed to see about home first, I carry it on my back."

Houston-based rapper Lil Troy has been personally aiding refugees who have been relocated to his hometown, going so far as to take 10 of them into his home. In order to further his efforts, the artist is conducting a "Comfort Drive" with the help of the city's Black Heritage Society (BHS) to collect clothes and canned goods.

"In times of need, we must help others that are less fortunate," Lil Troy says. "All we're asking is that you gather some of these comfort items and go to your local post office and ship it overnight or two-day mail." Donations can be sent to the BHS at 2900 Woodridge, Suite 311, Houston, TX 77087. Although not yet available at deadline, additional information is expected to be posted at BlackHeritageSocieity.org and rsvp4u.org.

Lil Troy is also teaming with the Web site SelfMadeTV.com, to be launched in November, to provide video reporting on the ongoing status of the aid effort in Houston. Additionally, he plans to donate part of the proceeds of his new DVD, "Paperwork," due Sept. 20 via his own Short Stop Records label, to the BHS.

Country artist Hank Williams Jr. is the latest artist to join the lineup for Saturday's (Sept. 10) "ReAct Now: Music & Relief" concert/telethon, airing on MTV, VH1 and CMT. As previously reported, the event will also feature Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Common, John Mayer, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Kanye West and Paul McCartney, among others.

Alan Jackson, who will also take part in the "ReAct" special, has pledged all of the proceeds from his concert tomorrow (Sept. 8) in Columbus, Ohio, to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Additionally, his concert Saturday Camden, N.J., will generate as much as $75,000, since the artist, WXTU Philadelphia parent company Beasley Broadcast Group and the management of the 25,000-seat Tweeter Center will each donate $1 for every ticket sold.

Reigning "American Idol" Carrie Underwood and the show's season four finalists will stage a concert Sunday in Syracuse to benefit the Red Cross. The American Idols Live tour was due to end Friday at the city's OneCenter, but a second show was added to raise funds for relief efforts at the suggestion of “Idol” creator Simon Fuller.