The 22nd annual event will also feature Big Krit, M1 of dead prez and Audio Push.
Artists-activists Yasiin Bey and Rapsody are set as headliners for the 22nd annual Black August Hip Hop Benefit Concert. The free virtual concert championing social justice reform will air on www.blackaugusthiphop.com via YouTube on Aug. 30 beginning at 4 p.m. ET.
Additional Black August performers joining Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and Rapsody will be Big Krit, M1 of dead prez, Audio Push, Oswin Benjamin, Sampa The Great and poet Jessica Care Moore. The concert is being presented by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) in partnership with Movement for Black Lives. Proceeds will benefit social justice political prisoners in the U.S. and their freedom campaigns.
In a release announcing the event, Rapsody says of her participation, “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.”