Kanye Renames Foundation; Plans Benefit Concert In D.C.

The Dr. Donda West Foundation is teaming up with the Live to Give Campaign for the Give Back Concert (November 4), a benefit Hip-Hop concert in Washington, D.C. focused on community empowerment. With the current economic and political turmoil consuming the nation’s capital, the foundation is specifically focused on inspiring young adults to exercise their voting rights on the November 4 presidential election.

This year, Kanye West renamed his philanthropic organization in honor of his mother, who passed away unexpectedly from cosmetic surgery complications in November 2007.

The organization’s inaugural initiative was “Loop Dreams,” a program which utilized music production to help motivate students to stay in school and complete graduation.

Washington Wizard’s star Antawn Jamison will kick off the event with a meet and greet and voter registration drive for pre-sale ticket purchasers.

The two surprise concert performers are scheduled to be revealed on October 10 and 20.

So far the organization has hinted that the first performer had his first two albums debut at #1 on Billboards Top 200 Chart, and the second has won a Grammy, four BET awards, and a Teen Choice award.

All ticket proceeds will go to select charities. Pre-sale tickets are on sale until October 9 through www.livetogiveback.org or byphone (301) 605-5324.

Pre-sale purchasers will get to meet Antawn Jamison at a private meet and greet at the D.C. ESPN Zone, while the first 200 will attend a pre-concert meet and greet with the performers.