But for those that couldn’t book the trip, our very own Sama’an Ashrawi has offered us a rare glimpse into the the inner-workings of that evening, where some of hip-hop’s brightest and sharpest aligned to inscribe Brown’s name indelibly onto the annals of our nation, the very same one that took him at the age of 18 and made no exception for the countless that we’ve lost to a police force that seems to have put black men, women and children in its crosshairs. Get a behind the scenes tour of Talib Kweli’s “Ferguson Is Everywhere” concert below and keep the flames burning for the families of all those still healing from the loss of their loved ones. We will never forget.
On August 9th of 2015, Talib Kweli and Action Support Committee threw a historic two-night affair in St. Louis, MO celebrating the life of the fallen Mike Brown on the one-year anniversary of his death by the hand of officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. The evening witnessed a colossal line-up that featured the likes of Common, Bun B, M1 of the hip-hop revolutionaries known as dead prez, Boots Riley (of The Coup), Pharoahe Monch, guitarist and activist Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, as well appearances from Dr. Cornel West, modern-day superhero Bree Newsome and, of course, a performance from Kweli himself along with his motley ensemble of musicians (NYC bass sage Brady Watt included).