MS. LAURYN HILL & NAS ANNOUNCE THEIR NEW TOUR POWERNOMICS, ITS CONCEPT + CHARITY INITIATIVES
DAVE CHAPPELLE ADDED TO SHOW ON FRIDAY IN DETROIT. NICK GRANT, FEFE, DJ LAKIM TO JOIN SELECT DATES ALONG WITH HANNIBAL BURESS AND CHRONIXX AS GUESTS
Ms. Lauryn Hill and Nas have announced the concept behind their upcoming tour together, dubbed PowerNomics. It kicks off tonight in Chicago, and plays a total of 17 cities, through early October. Also announced is the addition of Dave Chappelle to the second tour stop tomorrow night in Detroit. Nick Grant, Fefe, and DJ Lakim have been added to select dates as well, in addition to previously announced special guests Hannibal Buress and Chronixx, with more artists to be added. Full tour routing with support below.
Inspired by the name of Dr. Claud Anderson's book, PowerNomics® is a plan intended to produce economic enfranchisement for the African-American community in America. In the truest Spirit of PowerNomics, Ms. Hill and Nas will be raising funds in support of education, health, agriculture, technology, and community-based businesses throughout the Diaspora. There will be donations made from ticket sales to support initiatives worldwide, including The Harvest Institute, Yes We Code, Equal Justice Initiative, Soronko Academy, NAS' INITIATIVE, Al Noor Charitable Agency, Habesha, International Peace Initiative, and many more. Full list of charities being donated to below.
Ms. Lauryn Hill's longstanding narrative of amplifying and elucidating the marginalized, and the unheard, as well as bringing culture together creatively and economically, continues with the upcoming PowerNomics tour. Of the tour, Ms. Hill says: "My interests have always centered around encouraging empowerment, and focusing on ways to help heal, repair, educate and promote enfranchisement to the disenfranchised. I'm excited to share this platform for community, creativity, and progress, helping to expose, educate, and magnify the beauty of cultural amalgamation."
Says Nas of the tour: "PowerNomics Tour is our way of being a part of the solution. We are here to lend a hand where it is needed and hopefully to inspire. I'm a part of a mission to help build a more diverse tech industry and to encourage my people to see beyond what they believe is in their reach. Music is spiritual, and we are a musical people, so what better way to contribute to our situation than to bring some spirituality. It is an honor to be on this tour with MLH, and what better time than now, in the midst of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey as well as the dire situation of many African-American communities."