Artists band together for Jena 6
EmptyNEW YORK -- Nick Cannon, Lloyd, Baby Boy, Sean P, Twista, Tank, Jagged Edge, Killer Mike, Bobby Brown, DTP's Small World and Hurricane Chris will perform at the Jena 6 Empowerment Concert, to be held Sept. 29 in Birmingham, Ala.
The event aims to raise national awareness of incidents that have occurred over the past year in and around a Jena, La., high school, involving violence between African-American and white students.
Several African-American students were charged with assault and second-degree attempted murder stemming from one of the incidents. Many of the charges have since been dropped, but one student, Mychal Bell, has been found guilty and faces up to 22 years in prison when he is sentenced Thursday.
"What's happening to the Jena 6 is not an isolated incident -- it could happen to any of us," says Baby Boy. "We are asking men of all persuasions to stand on the front line with our young people and send a message demanding accountability of law enforcement officials and the judicial system."
In conjunction with the concert, Cannon and Danity Kane's Aubrey will host a Sept. 28 peace rally at Birmingham's Parker High School.
In related news, David Bowie on Wednesday donated $10,000 to a legal defense fund for the African-American teens. The donation was announced by the NAACP, which is organizing protesters in advance of tomorrow's sentencing.