News: UPDATE: 50 Cent Cancels NY Concert, "He Has No Plans To Perform Whatsoever" [Video]
Tuesday, Aug 18, 2009 11:00AM
50 Cent has reportedly decided to withdraw himself from performing at his upcoming "Family Day" event in Queens, New York a day after concerns of him being a possible shooting target began to spread.
While he may not perform, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the rapper may still make an appearance.
"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 yesterday's reports, the event will be 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)
New York residents spoke on what they believed would happen during 50's set.
"There's word out there that there's going to be some shootings, Mike Terrients, 15, said. "Some of my friends' parents are saying that they don't want them to go because something is going to happen." Organizers and the Parks Department stressed that Mr. Cent wouldn't actually take the stage, however, his publicist said he would make an appearance. (NBC News)
The event is scheduled to take place at the end of August.
His concert is part of a "Family Day" sponsored by the G-Unity Foundation and the Bette Midler-founded New York Restoration Project, so it promises to be kid friendly. The rapper will host the event on Sunday, August 30th in the schoolyard at PS 40, located in Jamaica, Queens. 50 Cent is set to make an appearance at the neighborhood's "Family Day" on the school grounds around 5:30pm (Cleveland Leader)
Check out Mayor Bloomberg speaking on "Family Day" below: