Kweli has announced a new benefit concert, happening in St. Louis on the anniversary of Brown’s death with support from Bun B, Tef Poe, Rapsody, M1 of Dead Prez, 9th Wonder and other artists. Organizers will be accepting donations for the Brown family at the concert, and attendees are also encouraged to bring canned food donations for local food pantries.
The concert will take place at 8 p.m., August 9th at St. Louis’s Fubar venue. See Kweli’s flyer for the event below and stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the date. For those looking to raise a fist, shout out or perhaps simply nod their head for a truly vital cause, this is your shot. See you in St. Louis.
“I’m tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men,” rapper J. Cole said in a statement with the release of his new song “Be Free.” “I don’t give a fuck if it’s by police or peers. This shit is not normal.”
“That coulda been me, easily,” rapper writes. “It could have been my best friend”.
“Be Free” is Cole’s response to the police shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown, in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.
Rapper T.I. added his thoughts to the conversation with a pair of powerful Instagram posts, writing that “America has created a monster.”
T.I. says the Ferguson tragedy and the country’s current racial tensions are “the result of ignoring and mishandling an already fragile-spirited, recently enslaved, presently oppressed race/generation of people.” He adds that African-Americans “created their own” culture, religion and traditions after being “brought to this place,” saying, “our people have had an increasing lack of opportunities for generations.
“How long can you expect a nation/race/generation of people to be blatantly disrespected?” the rapper writes. “Spoken to and treated with arrogant tones of insignificance. Our fathers, uncles, brothers and role models were killed and imprisoned more often than educated. Now look at us. Our friends and relatives murdered and cast aside without thought, as though your human life is more valuable than ours. How long can that go on without consequence?”