On Sunday evening, I headed to the Nokia Theatre at Times Square for the 10th Annual Black August Hip-Hop Project, an event sponsored in part by Lyrics to Go. The concert was a raucous and rebellious indictment of the insanity concerning the 30-plus year sentences given to certain members of the Black Panther party. The passion and indignation fueled an amazing series of performances by the likes of Common, who was not still for a moment; Talib Kweli; Mos Def (pictured above), who was engaging and brilliant, with a rapid fire rhyming technique I could not believe; and the mysterious and powerful presence Dead Prez!


Dead Prez


Common

Photos by Caroline Torem Craig