On August 7th, Mos Def, Black Moon and Smif-N-Wessun will help promote HIV/AIDS prevention awareness for the 8th Annual Black August benefit concert.

The event is dedicated to late activist, Kuwasi Balagoon, and will undertake this year’s theme of HIV prevention awareness. Information packets will be given to all in attendance throughout the evening.

Co-coordinator, Meron Wondwosen, had this to say about this year’s theme…

With the number of HIV/AIDS cases in the US recently hitting the one million mark for the first time since the 1980’s and the overwhelmingly rapid spread of HIV/AIDS-related deaths among youth in Africa, it’s imperative that we assist in reaching out to as many young people as possible –especially in the Hip-Hop community; to make them aware of HIV/AIDS and the necessity of prevention. We are happy to have the KNOW HIV/AIDS Initiative on board with our efforts this year.

The concert has addressed a number of issues, politically and socially, in the years past including police brutality, education reform and political prisoners. Artist’s such as Common, Fat Joe, Talib Kweli, dead prez, The Roots and others have all performed for free.

The 8th Annual Black August concert takes place in NYC on August 7th.