Rapper/producer David Banner, who wrote the foreword to Country Fried Soul, plans to release his highly anticipated third album, The Greatest Story Ever Told, before the summer. I'm hoping that it brings him new levels of success.
Just months after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf region, Banner hosted "Heal The Hood" benefit in Atlanta, to date the most successful urban concert relief effort in history (raising more than half a million dollars).He drove a tour bus full of water and supplies down to his own area (Jackson, Mississippi and surrounding towns), getting there well before FEMA ever did. He's also donated significant scholarship money to prospective college students, including a soldier who was serving time in Iraq at the time of his award.
But he often gets bigger press for his more outspoken activities, such with as his vocal critiques of the Reverend Al Sharpton and Oprah Winfrey, among others. He's all too aware that sensationalism is an easier sell to a gullible American public, but it's more than a shame that more light hasn't been thrown on the significant humanitarian side of a complex and beautiful individual.