Jena 6 Event Announced
Thu, 20 Sep 2007 12:39:16
In an effort to improve relations between the citizens of Jena, Louisiana, representatives from the hip-hop community are banding together to host the Jena 6 Empowerment Concert. The September 29 event, scheduled to take place in Birmingham, Alabama, features performances by Twista, Hurricane Chris, and Nick Cannon amongst others.
Racial tensions have increased over the past year in Jena, stemming from incidents involving local high school students. A group of African American students was charged with assault and second degree murder following a confrontation with a White student at the school. Speaking with Billboard.com, performer Baby Boy said about the event, "What's happening to the Jena 6 is not an isolated incident—it could happen to any of us. 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."
For more news and information about the case visit Free The Jena 6
—The ARTISTdirect Staff