(visit the Black August Hip-Hop Project Website: www.blackaugust.com)
Black August was established in the California prison system in the early 1970s by men and women of the Black Liberation Movement. Black August holds great significance in the African tradition of resistance against white supremacy in the United States. Some revolutionary events that took place in August include the Nat Turner rebellion (1831), the beginning of The Underground Railroad (1850), the birth of Marcus Garvey (1887) and the March on Washington (1963). The most significant event to the founders of Black August was the assassination of George Jackson in August (1971).
Mission: The Black August Hip Hop Project is an international cultural-activist exchange founded by MXGM, Stress Magazine, and Students for Jericho. Black August strives to support and politicize the culture of our generation and use it to aid the struggle for human
Vision: MXGM recognizes that hip-hop is a vital part of youth culture. Accordingly, MXGM seeks to promote awareness about the political issues that affect African youth across the world by facilitating exchanges between international communities. The vision
is to bring these various political and cultural elements together and allow them to grow into a vehicle for artists and activists to oppose the genocide of African people, white supremacy and its propaganda, the criminalization of youth and youth culture, the advancing global prison industry, and the continued existence of political prisoners in the United States.
- Two annual Black August events (one national and one international
- A Black August DVD and mix tape
- Hip Hop Activism workshops
- Over the last eight years we have brought out over 10,,000 people in New York, over 5,000 in Cuba, and over 10,000 folks to 5 concerts and a roundtable discussion in South Africa during the United Nations World Conference Against Racism.
- featured artists such as Eryka Badu, Dead Prez, Talib Kweli, Black Thought, Mos Def, Boot Camp Click, Jeru the Damaja, Keith Murray, Black Ice, The Coup, Common Sense, Martin Luther, Beverly Bond, Goapele, Tony Touch, Fat Joe, Head Rush, Rise & Shine, The Welfare Poets & Imani Uzuri.
- raised over $35,000 for political prisoners in the US & created an international network of hip hop artists and activist in three countries.
- To educate, reach and recruit black and brown people to the movement to halt the booming prison industry and to develop further and expand an international network of activists and artists opposed to the criminalization and mass incarceration of African people and youth in particular
- To develop and implement an International Human Rights Campaign using Hip Hop as a tool and common language
- To link and address issues facing African communities globally like AIDS, poverty, incarceration, and police brutality
- To raise awareness and support for political prisoners