ATLANTA HIP-HOP SUMMIT ON FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT CONVENES AT THE ATLANTA UNIVERSITY CENTER ON THE CAMPUS OF MORRIS BROWN COLLEGE SEPTEMBER 16, 2006
RUSSELL SIMMONS, JERMAINE DUPRI, LUDACRIS, PAUL WALL, YOUNG JEEZY, BOBBY VALENTINO, REMY MA, CHINGO BLING, CHAKA ZULU, BRYAN-MICHAEL COX, SHAKIR STEWART, ROBERTA SHIELDS , DR. BENJAMIN CHAVIS AND DJ DRAMA TO HEADLINE ATLANTA HIP-HOP SUMMIT ON FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT
ATLANTA, GA. – SEPTEMBER 5, 2006 –Atlanta based, international hip-hop stars Jermaine Dupri, Ludacris and Young Jeezy, Atlanta-based R&B star Bobby Valentino, hip-hop stars Paul Wall and Remy Ma, Latino artist Chingo Bling, Co-CEO of Disturbing Tha Peace Chaka Zulu, super producer Bryan-Michael Cox, President of the Ludacris Foundation Roberta Shields, Def Jam Head of A&R Shakir Stewart and Atlanta’s own DJ Drama will join the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) and Chairman Russell Simmons and President and CEO Dr. Benjamin Chavis for the Atlanta Hip-Hop Summit on Saturday, September 16th from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Doors open to students at Noon.
The Atlanta Hip-Hop Summit will take place at the Atlanta University Center on the grounds of the historic black college, Morris Brown College, in its John Lewis Gymnasium located at 643 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta, Ga. The Atlanta University Center includes Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, Morris Brown College and the Interdenominational Theological Center.
HSAN’s partners are Chrysler Financial, the title sponsor, and Anheuser-Busch, Inc., the presenting sponsor. The Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment’s “Get Your Money Right” National Tour, now in its second successful year, brings together the powerful combination of hip-hop stars and Chrysler Financial experts to speak to students and community members about the importance of financial literacy.
The topics to be covered include the basics of banking, home ownership, repairing bad credit and understanding credit scores, entrepreneurship, vehicle financing and more. The “Get Your Money Right” national tour includes stops in three additional cities, including September 30 in Los Angeles, October 14 in Dallas and October 28 in Toronto, Canada.
The Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment is a grassroots effort to help engage young people in discussions about the importance of personal finance. “Joining with Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris to host the Atlanta Hip-Hop Summit is a special blessing,” emphasized Russell Simmons. “This city is known for its great contributions to hip-hop, as well as being a center for social change in our nation and world. ‘Get Your Money Right’ is an opportunity for the core of our demographic – 18-35 year olds – to gain invaluable information on financial empowerment.”
“With rising tuition costs, the cost of books, gasoline etc. young people can’t afford not to have financial know-how,” said William F. Jones Jr., Vice President – Chrysler Financial. “Chrysler Financial’s expert financial panelists join with Russell Simmons and Dr. Chavis in our collaborative mission to help attendees effectively manage their personal financial situations by providing them with real life examples and a financial workbook to support them in making the right choices.”
“We will celebrate the evolution of hip-hop in Atlanta and throughout the South, as well as transmit life-transforming real stories about wealth building and entrepreneurship,” declared Dr. Chavis.
“I’m a firm supporter of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network,” exclaimed Ludacris. ”I’m just trying to do my part in giving back and educating our youth on important issues in the community.”
“I want to give back to the kids who support my movement,” stated Young Jeezy. “So it is important to me to work with an icon such as Russell Simmons and his Hip-Hop Summit Action Network to promote financial literacy at the Atlanta Hip-Hop Summit.”
“Hip-hop transcends cultural borders and we are excited to have Chingo Bling representing the Latino community at the Atlanta Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment,” affirmed Jasmin Franjul, Director, Artist and Diversity Relations, HSAN. “The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network embraces the Atlanta Latino community and looks forward to bringing everyone together on September 16 to ‘Get Your Money Right.’”
“The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network consistently taps into the consciousness of our youth, providing them with not only knowledge, but tools that will help them prepare for a future in which the decisions they make today will determine the opportunities they have tomorrow,” declared Johnny Furr, Vice President, Urban Marketing and Community Affairs, Anheuser-Busch, Inc. “Anheuser-Busch is proud to continue our partnership with, and support of, the Summits and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, which make a real and lasting difference in the lives of young people in communities across the nation.”
The “Get Your Money Right” workbook, which will be given to all participants, is available in both English and Spanish and is downloadable on the www.hsan.org site.
The media partner for the Atlanta Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment is Radio-One Atlanta’s Hot 107.9 WHTA-FM. Community partners include the National Conference of Black Mayors, NAACP-Atlanta Chapter, The Ludacris Foundation, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, FCE Entertainment and the National Black MBA Association.
About Chrysler Financial
Chrysler Financial offers a complete line of world-class automotive financial products and services for both dealers and consumers of Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge vehicles. In addition to offering vehicle wholesale and retail financing, Chrysler Financial provides fleet management and lines of credit to Chrysler Group dealers. As an industry leader in automotive financing, Chrysler Financial provides its customers with the most innovative and efficient methods of doing business. For more information on Chrysler Financial visit www.chryslerfinancial.com.
Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch Cos., Inc. is the leading American brewer holding 50 percent of the U.S. beer market. The company is American-owned and brews the world’s largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light. Anheuser-Busch is ranked first in the U.S. beverage industry in Fortune magazine’s 2005 “America’s Most Admired Companies” and in the top 30 on Fortune’s 2005 “Global Most Admired Companies” list. The company is one of the largest theme park operators in the United States, is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and is the world’s largest recycler of aluminum beverage containers. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com .
About The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN)
Founded in 2001, the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network is dedicated to harnessing the cultural relevance of hip-hop music to serve as a catalyst for education advocacy and other societal concerns fundamental to the empowerment of youth throughout the United States. HSAN is a non-profit, non-partisan worldwide coalition of hip-hop artists, entertainment industry leaders, education advocates, civil rights proponents and youth leaders united in the belief that hip-hop is a powerful and influential agent for social change which must be responsibly and proactively utilized to fight the war on poverty and injustice.
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