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HIP-HOP SUMMIT ACTION NETWORK, RUSSELL SIMMONS, LL COOL J, T.I. AND YOUNG JEEZY HOST HIP-HOP INAUGURAL BALL,
JANUARY 19, 2009, WASHINGTON, DC
VIP BLACK TIE CELEBRATION OF HISTORIC INAUGURATION OF BARACK OBAMA AS THE 44th PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
New York, NY, December 15, 2008: Russell Simmons, Valeisha Butterfield, Dr. Benjamin Chavis and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) announced today plans for the Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball, January, 19, 2009 at the prestigious Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., 8pm to 2am.
The Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball is a black tie, charity fundraiser with proceeds going to support the non-profit work of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network’s education advocacy and empowerment programs for young adults across America. Tickets can be purchased on a first come, first served basis by going to www.Hiphopinaugural.org http://www.Hiphopinaugural.org or www.HSAN.org http://www.HSAN.org.org .
Russell Simmons, Chairman and Co-founder of HSAN, emphasized, “We are celebrating the Inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States, and the magnificent turn out of young voters throughout the nation. Hip-Hop is all about transformation and it is a thrill to help make and witness this history.”
The Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball Host Committee is a select group of hip-hop leaders including industry executives and artists who have expressed their endorsement and support including T-Pain, Akon, Bryan-Michael Cox, Big Jon Platt, Fat Joe, MC Lyte, Terrence J, Devyne Stephens, Mario, Ginuwine, DJ Don Cannon, Jasmin Franjul, Zac McDaniel and others to be announced.
The Hip-Hop Inaugural will kick off with a star-studded red carpet and celebrity sponsorship reception at 8pm at the Harman Center, followed by an awards presentation to T.I., LL Cool J, Young Jeezy and the Hip-Hop Caucus Respect My Vote Campaign, recognizing the hip-hop contribution to the largest youth voter turnout in American history. A VIP party on all four levels of the venue will follow.
Valeisha Butterfield, Executive Director of HSAN, affirmed, “The Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball will be a celebration and a commitment to sustain the civic engagement of young people.”
Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President and Co-founder of HSAN concluded, “Our gala will be a dignified and elegant celebration of this historic and transformative Inauguration. The Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball will be the most festive and hottest party in Washington, DC.”