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The Ninth Annual Black August Benefit Concert

“After nine years, I had much higher expectations,” declared dead prez’s M1 on August 13 at the ninth annual Black August benefit show. “I wanted to celebrate more victories.” While the audience appeared to be in agreement that much more had to be done to advance the causes of exiles, freedom fighters and victims of injustice worldwide, the festive atmosphere at B.B. King’s remained placid. As a slide show featuring images of political prisoners such as Assata Shakur and George Jackson played in the background, a line-up of some of hip-hop's finest came out to support victims of Hurricane Katrina ...

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