This is a well made documentary. It will give u a view of how the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

 & hip-hop artists uses culture to honor Black August n our political prisoners from the 60's & 70's.

What I really enjoyed, was seeing them interact with Assata Shakur in Cuba.

There is also a bit of controversy when they go to Africa.

We r proud to have this film as the opening film 4 the BPP Film Festival.

There will be Q&A with Dream Hampton filmmaker} along with Lumumba & Monifa Bandele{ MXGM}This is a must a must see documentary


      In this day and age, the thought of anyone being a political prisoner might seem antithetical and outside the realm of possibility in a country like the United States, which is supposed to value freedom and liberty. However, in the new documentary, Black August: A Hip-Hop Benefit Concert, noted hip-hop journalist and filmmaker Dream Hampton offers a look at black Americans who consider themselves to be political prisoners inside the U.S and political exiles in countries such as Cuba. The film which took the director 2 years to cut. The film includes interviews with exiled activists Assata Shakur and Nehanda Abiodun who were in fact the ones to call on some of those in attendance at a world youth festival in Cuba to find a way to use hip-hop to "shed some light on the existence of political prisoners in the U.S." That "way" spurred the creation of the annual "Black August" event which is produced by the nonprofit Malcolm X Grassroots Movement group of which Dream Hampton is a member. The focus of the event is to, "raise awareness about and support for political prisoners in the United States."

 The term Black August derives from an observance by prisoners after the death of George Jackson in 1971 at San Quentin by Prison Guards. The movement then became a "mandate" with the death of Khatari Gaulden who was killed in prison in 1979. That's just one of the many facts that you'll learn in the documentary.

 You'll be reintroduced or reminded of names like Sekou Odinga, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Herman Bell and many others who are serving time, some going on nearly 30 years. The film also revisits the FBI's program of COINTELPRO and how that may have played a hand in the incarceration of the aforementioned "political prisoners." The documentary also plays host to a cast of those who are considered to be hip-hop's most conscious artists and activists like Common, M-1 and of Dead Prez, as well as Mos Def and Talib Kweli whose performances from Black August events will be seen.

 It's quite interesting to hear from many of the hip-hop artists about the effects of being a part of this event and in turn to be positively effected and humbled by their respective experiences in Cuba, South Africa and other countries they've visited.

The importance of this film and the main reason you should watch extends beyond the history and the performances that you will see. 

Dream said it best  "Because even if you don't believe there are political prisoners in the United States even if you think that these are some rabble-rouser revolutionaries who should of just listened to Dr. King and voted and they deserve to be in jail, there is still the issue of prison. George Jackson was not a political prisoner, he didn't go to jail for political reasons. So one of the things we ask people to do around the month of August is just remember prisoners.

Like we all have some family member, who, we just all have people you know what I'm saying?" To that I believe we can say a resounding yes.


10: A Black Panther Party Film Festival!

 10. WE WANT land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace.

Wednesday, December 8th                                                                                                                                                                                        Theme: The Cultural Revolution                                                                                                                                                                      7:00pm Film: “Black August"                                                                                                                                                                                     Q&A with Dream Hampton {filmmaker}, Lumumba and Monifa Bandele {MXGM}

Thursday, December 9th                                                                                                                                                                                 Theme: To Live and Die for the Struggle  7:00pm Film: “Fred Hampton” from Videofreex and Video Data Bank                           8:15pm Film: Black Revolutionary George Jackson                                                                                                                                        Q&A with May Jackson & Thomas “Blood” McCeary {BPP New York State Chapter}

Friday, December 10th

Theme: Unite to Fight

7:00pm Film: “Eldridge Cleaver: Black Panther”                                                          

8:15 Film “Aoki” Q&A with “The Artist” Emory Douglas [Min of Culture BPP & Jamal Joseph {Panther 21 was nominated 4 an Academy Award 4 Achievement in music, written 4 motion pictures (Original song)Raise It Up” from “August Rush” (Warner Bros.)Music and lyric by Jamal Joseph, Charles Mack and Tevin Thomas   

Followed by Reception with music**

Saturday, December 11th                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Theme: Free You’re Mind

4:00pm Film: “Cointelpro 101” Q&A with Ward Churchill     

  7:00pm Film "in the Land of the Free..." Followed by & Party and book signing with King Wilkerson

Sunday, December 12th                                                                                                                                                                                   Theme: Political Prisoners   2:00pm Film “Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal”                                                                        Q&A with Johanna Fernandez {Filmmaker} & Pam Africa                                                                                                                                7pm Film “in the Land of the Free..."                                                                                                                                                                           Q&A with: King Wilkerson {Freed Angola 3} &Vadim Jean {Filmmaker}

Monday, December 13th                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Theme: Pass the Torch                                                                                                                                                                                      7:00pm "New Haven Oral History"                                                                                                                                                                            Q&A with: Rosemari Mealy of the New Haven Chapter {Others TBA}                                                                                                      8:30pm Film “In Prison My Whole Life “ 

For 411: Full Schedule On-line Tickets go to: or 212.582.6050 ext 207.                                                                                             BJ {William M. Johnson}

I am because we are                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       one tribe                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Children of the sun shine                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Let's ride, it's nation time

-Dead Prez