News: 50 Cent's "Family Day" Celebration Cancelled, "The Permit Was Not Granted"
Friday, Aug 28, 2009 5:00PM
50 Cent's upcoming Family Day celebration in his hometown Queens, New York has reportedly been postponed due to complications with obtaining a venue permit.
A statement was released Friday (August 28) announcing the unexpected decision.
"The G-Unity Foundation and New York Restoration Project are deeply saddened and disappointed to learn that the permit for our upcoming Family Day event was not granted by the City," a statement read. "As a result, Family Day -- scheduled for August 30th -- has been postponed until further notice." (MTV)
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg released a statement earlier this month announcing 50's withdrawal from possibly performing.
"Our understanding after talking with 50 Cent is he has no plans to perform whatsoever. He might go, but he's not going to perform," Mayor Bloomberg said in an interview. (New York Post)
According to early reports, the event would have been heavily guarded for the protection of Fif and the people attending.
The planned appearance has sparked concerns from local authorities, who have recruited an "army of cops" to shut down the area, fearing violence will break out if a shooter takes aim at Jackson. There will be "hundreds" of cops - including officers from special gang units - who will be present. Community Board 12 manager Yvonne Reddick says, "The concern is the [lack of] manpower. That's a lot of people. The park is surrounded by a residential community." (Contact Music)
Former Unit associate Bang Em Smurf recently said 50's event was a sign of his popularity declining.
"I'm bringing things back to South Jamaica Queens," Smurf said in a video. "Giving back to the hood, like I've been doing for years. It took 50 and them n*ggas six years to try to give back to the hood now. You know why? 'Cause they're going down. So now they trying to get back to the hood when they finished. So they wanna start taking the hood to motherf*cking Great Adventures...I been doing that for years. Now they giving back to the hood 'cause they finished. You see 50 don't got a [record] deal or the G-Unit don't got a deal in other words. These n*ggas going down. It's a universal law, what goes around comes around. I read a lot of books, that's universal law. The same people you sh*t on, on your way up, you gotta see them on your way back down. And I'm just waving at these n*ggas 'cause I'm on my way up...I just wanna shout-out 50 too because you the reason I'm in the situation I'm in right now. This sh*t is chess, not checkers. I learned that from you too. That one stupid move you made, you know what I'm talking about." (Hip Hop Beef)
Check out Mayor Bloomberg speaking on 50 Cent's Family Day event below: