Hip-Hop Artists Descend on Detroit in Support of Minister Louis Farrakhan
Jim Jones, Common and will.i.am are among the hip-hop artists expected to attend Minister Louis Farrakhan’s “One Nation Under God” address on Sunday (February 25) in Detroit. The address, part of this year’s Saviours’ Day celebration, will be the minister’s first major appearance since he underwent major surgery last month and will focus on the importance of interfaith dialogue and opening discussions among different races, religions and cultures. Russell Simmons, Jermaine Dupri, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Damon Dash are among the events co-chairman. “He has been the soul and the consciousness of hip-hop. He has had the greatest influence on me and is my spiritual teacher,” Russell said. “Every one in hip-hop should be there to honor this man because he has given us so much. He has inspired our music. You can not name one rapper who has not been touched by this man in some way.” Other scheduled attendees include Dr. Benjamin Chavis Muhammad, Reverend Al Sharpton, Chuck D, The RZA, Cappadonna and Doug E. Fresh. “I encourage everybody to be in Detroit because the Minister has shown diligence and commitment on behalf of our people for years,” said Jim Jones. “This man is astronomical and always keeps it real. Meeting him was one of the top five experiences in my life.” The pre-program begins at 1:00 p.m. and address is scheduled to start at 2:00 at Detroit’s Ford Field.