Twista, Killer Mike and Hurricane Chris among Artists Scheduled to Headline The “Jena 6” Empowerment Concert
A group of hip-hop artists that includes Chicago vet Twista, Atlanta’s Killer Mike and “Ay Bay Bay” star Hurricane Chris, are scheduled to descend on Birmingham, AL later this month for The “Jena 6” Empowerment Concert. The show was conceived as a way to give the artists a chance to address the issues behind the high profile Jena 6 incident. In the case, six African-American students in Jena, LA were, some say unjustly and excessively, charged with attempted murder after they assaulted a white student who had hurled racial insults at them. That incident stemmed from an earlier confrontation with another group of white students who hung three nooses from a “white only” tree in the yard of the local school. The six students subsequently had some of their charges reduced, thrown out, or dismissed completely, but all could still face further prosecution. The “Jena 6” Empowerment Concert is scheduled for September 29th in Birmingham, a historic location in the civil rights movement. Also scheduled to perform are Baby Boy, Sean P of the Youngbloodz, DTP’s Small World and R&B artists Lloyd and Jagged Edge. Tickets are available at the concert’s venue, the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center, and online at ticketmaster.com.