HOLLYWOOD’S A-LIST HITS THE 3rd ANNUAL ROOTS' JAM SESSION: hosted by Don Cheadle and Dave Chappelle



Victoria Powers

HOLLYWOOD (February 13, 2006) – From a red-carpet overflowing with celebrities to the exhilarating performances of Erykah Badu and Common (pictured middle left), Grammy Nominee Fall Out Boy, Ne-yo, Big Daddy Kane, YoYo, Mike Elizondo, Wendy & Lisa, Warren G, Doyle Bramhall, Martin Luther, Talib Kweli, David Banner, and Snoop Dogg (pictured bottom left) to the hysterical comedy of Dave Chappelle – The Grammy Award-winning Roots crew, successfully delivered another year of the hottest ticket and most electrifying night of Grammy week.

On Tuesday, Febuary 7th, THE ROOTS, regarded as the country’s premier hip-hop band, hosted their third annual Jam Session in West Hollywood, co-hosted by Black Thought, Dave Chappelle, and Don Cheadle (pictured top left) in association with LIVE FOR DARFUR. The live experience was presented by Dave Chappelle’s Block Party and produced by Tina Farris of Goodtime Girl Productions and Kevin Seldon of Keldof Marketing.

The theme of the night was "EVERYman Can Make a Difference" launching of nationwide awareness campaign for Darfur, and with the help of title everyman sponsors like Bacardi Limón, American Apparel, MSN Spaces, and AXE bodyspray; the live, five-hour jam attracted an impressive list of Who’s Who in the entertainment industry - all documented by Oscar-Winning filmmaker, Michel Gondry. High-profile attendees included Queen Latifah, Beyonce, Will.I.Am, B2K, Jeremy Piven, India Arie, Nikka Costa, Bill Maher, Bai Ling, Incubus, Alicia Keys, Devon Aoki, Dallas Reeves, Chris Tucker, Digable Planets, Nick Cannon, Danny Glover, Taraji Henson (Hustle and Flow), Cedric the Entertainer, Farnsworth Bentley, Spike Lee, and Def Jam Recordings president and CEO Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter.


THE ROOTS are: Black Thought (MC), ?uestlove (MD), Lenoard "Hub" Hubbard (bass) and Kamal Gray (keyboards). Support musicians include Frankie Knuckles (percussion), and world renowned Captain Kirk (guitar).


Dave Chappelle's Block Party, directed by Gondry, captures exclusive performances and crowd excitement during a once-in-a-lifetime free block party in a Brooklyn neighborhood. The day-long, life-affirming celebration of music, comedy, history and community, featured all-new freestyle standup material by Dave Chappelle. With all concert music arranged and produced by The Roots' Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, The Roots performed and also provided musical backing for an incredible lineup including Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, and -- reunited for their first performance in over seven years -- The Fugees. Rogue Pictures releases Dave Chappelle's Block Party in theaters nationwide on March 3rd.


LIVE FOR DARFUR is a worldwide awareness campaign co-chaired by Don Cheadle and Djimon Hounsou that rallies high-profile talent, including Coldplay, Carlos Santana, Destiny’s Child, Norah Jones, Annie Lennox, and other top artists to help raise awareness of the crisis in the Darfur region of the Sudan. LIVE FOR DARFUR's participation in the event was co-organized by Red Carpet Media Partners for the 501(c)3 non-profit Save Darfur Coalition.


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