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HIP-HOP SUMMIT ACTION NETWORK’S 3rd ANNUAL ACTION AWARDS DINNER HONORS CHRYSLER FINANCIAL, DESTINY’S CHILD, JERMAINE DUPRI AND NELLY
EVENT HONORARY CHAIR KEVIN LILES TO GIVE KEYNOTE SPEECH
NEW YORK, NY — NOVEMBER 14, 2005 — Russell Simmons, Chairman of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) and Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President/CEO of HSAN announced the 3rd Annual Action Awards Benefit Dinner, an exclusive fundraising celebration that will help support HSAN’s work to utilize the power of Hip- Hop for positive social change.
Set to take place on Wednesday, November 16, 2005, at The Lighthouse, Pier 61, Chelsea Piers (23rd Street at the Hudson River), in New York City, this year’s Action Awards Benefit Dinner will honor the community work of Chrysler Financial, Destiny’s Child, Jermaine Dupri and Nelly. Honorary Chair Kevin Liles will make a Keynote Speech. Co-chairs include Violator CEO Chris Lighty and Morris L. Reid, Westin Rinehart. Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 p.m., with the dinner and program to follow at 7:30 p.m.
Over the past two years, the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network’s Action Awards have honored the good works of Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Ludacris and The Ludacris Foundation, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Pepsi-Cola North America President Dawn Hudson, Tommy Hilfiger and MTV’s “Choose or Lose” Campaign.
The work of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network started at HSAN’s inception in 2001, after the first National Hip-Hop Summit themed “Taking Back Responsibility,” also in New York City. A series of initiatives were established and, in the past four and a half years, followed through –engaging the Hip-Hop generation in community development issues related to equal access to high quality public education and literacy, freedom of speech, voter education, economic advancement and youth leadership development.
This past year alone, the HSAN has:
Launched a high profile, 26 city bus tour around Hip-Hop Team Vote’s youth Get Out The Vote (GOTV) education campaign in conjunction with the 2004 Presidential election
Produced in conjunction with Chrysler Financial and Anheuser-Busch, Inc. a highly successful series of Hip-Hop Summits on Financial Empowerment, which included Summits in Detroit, Washington, DC, St Louis, New Orleans, Miami, Los Angeles, Kansas City, and Maryland.
Produced The 2nd New Jersey Hip-Hop Summit, which furthered a newly established model created by HSAN and the New Jersey Attorney General’s office at last year’s New Jersey Summit, featuring webcasting and video linking the event to over 800,000 young people throughout the state.
About Hip-Hop Summit Action Network
Hip-Hop Summit Action Network is a non-profit, non-partisan national coalition of artists, entertainment industry leaders, education advocates, civil rights proponents and youth leaders united in the belief that the “hip-hop” phenomena is an enormously influential agent for positive social change which must be responsibly and pro-actively utilized to fight the war on poverty and injustice. For more information on the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, go to www.hsan.org.
Board of Directors
Chairman: Russell Simmons, Rush Communications
President: Dr. Benjamin Chavis
Lyor Cohen, Warner Music Group; Sean “Diddy” Combs, Bad Boy Entertainment; Damon Dash, Dash Music Group; Jermaine Dupri, Virgin Records; Kevin Liles, Warner Music Group; Dr. Manning Marable, Columbia University; Kedar Massenberg, Kedar Entertainment; Kwesi Mfume, Mfume Group; Hilary Rosen, former President of the Recording Industry Association of America; Rich Slomovitz, Rush Communications; and Steve Stoute, Translation Marketing.
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For more information on the local summits and the Hip-Hop Summit Action
Network efforts, go to www.hsan.org.