Hip-hop legend and music mogul Jay-Z.

Hip-hop legend and music mogul Jay-Z will headline the 2014 Global Citizen Festival, organized by the Global Poverty Project and set for Sept. 27 in New York City on Central Park’s Great Lawn.

Hip-hop legend and music mogul Jay-Z.

The rapper, currently on tour with wife and R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles, released a statement regarding the festival.

“Change only takes place when and where there is action,” he said, according to Rolling Stone.“I’m joining the 2014 Global Citizen Festival because I believe through actions, whether it be by raising awareness, getting involved or educating ourselves, the goal to end extreme poverty by 2030 is possible.

Other acts set to appear include The Roots, Tiësto, No Doubt, and Carrie Underwood.

The Global Poverty Project is an international education and advocacy organization that seeks to end extreme poverty by 2030 through the engagement of businesses, governments, and individuals, according to its website. According to the World Bank, 1.2 billion people around the world live in poverty, defined as living at or below $1.25 a day.

2014 Global Citizen Festival.

“I love how this year’s lineup brings together the king of hip-hop and the king of EDM,” Global Poverty Project co-founder Hugh Evans told Rolling Stone.“Jay Z and his Shawn Carter Foundation have been with us on the whole journey…The bill truly expresses that Global Citizen is a broad-based, non-partisan movement that crosses cultures and genders. We’ve always had an amazing diversity of artists each year, and 2014 continues that trend.”

This year’s festival is sponsored by MSNBC, CitiBank, and Caterpillar, among others. Ticket information is available at http://www.globalcitizen.org/festival.


Roberto Alejandro

Special to the AFRO