David Banner is joining forces with fellow rappers Jasiri Xtra and Paradise Gray to launch a charitable youth programme in Pittsburgh on Friday (25Jan13).

Banner will participate in a question-and-answer session with young fans at the opening ceremony of the One Hood Media Academy at the August Wilson Centre for African-American Culture.

The Academy, set up by Xtra and Gray, aims to help its 25 students become media literate, while developing creative skills to produce their own content in music and blogging.