News: Jay-Z Takes Centerstage For 9/11 Concert, Madison Square Garden Press Conference Set

Sunday, Aug 30, 2009 6:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Jay-Z will hit the stage tomorrow (August 31) morning in New York City joined by government officials including Governor David Patterson to unveil details surrounding his upcoming 9/11 one-night only tribute concert.

While a list of discussion topics have not been released to the media, an announcement which includes the attending officials, location and run-time has been learned.

Jay-Z will discuss the "Answer The Call" charity concert benefiting New York Polic eand Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund on Friday, September 11, 2009 at New York City's legendary Madison Square Garden. Moderated by Al Roker, Jay-Z will be accompanied by Governor David Patterson, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, New York Police & Fire Widows' and Children Benefit Fund President Stephen Dannhauser, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta and more. The start time is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and may run into early afternoon. (Press Release)

An official confirmation of the upcoming concert was released last week.

To kick things off, Absolut and Madison Square Garden will host a once-in-a-lifetime benefit show featuring hip-hop impresario Jay-Z on September 11, 2009, to aid the New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund (www.answerthecall.org). The highly-anticipated performance will air live and commercial-free on Fuse TV at 9pm. The events of September 11 challenged Jay-Z as an entertainer and a New Yorker. This charity concert serves as not just a reminder of the lives lost but as a look towards the future and the hope that arose on September 12. (Hip Hop Press)

Hov also confirmed the concert with a written statement.

"This charity and concert encompass the true spirit of New York City," Jay said in a statement. "We are asking everyone to 'answer the call' and support and honor the families of those that lost their lives in the line of duty. There is a true camaraderie and resiliency this city showed the world in 2001 and we continue that today by taking care of our own." (Statement)

Despite showcasing a Grammy-winning rap star in one of the nation's most franchised venues, all profits will go towards charity.

For this live event, 100 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales and concert merchandise will go directly to "New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund." Since its inception, New York Police & Fire Widow's & Children's Benefit Fund has distributed over $114 million to the families of New York City police and fire personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Though the Benefit Fund was initially created to assist families of New York City Fire Fighters and Police Officers, the non-profit now includes the families of Emergency Medical Services and Port Authority Officers as well. For more information on the organization, go to www.answerthecall.org. (PR Newswire)

Check out Jay-Z's "September 11th" Freestyle from 2001 below:

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