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KNOWLES FAMILY RECEIVES GLOBAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT IN FRONT OF CAPACITY CROWD AT THE HOUSTON HIP-HOP SUMMIT ON FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT
THE 2007 NATIONAL “GET YOUR MONEY RIGHT TOUR” KICKED OFF WITH RUSSELL SIMMONS, REVEREND RUN, MONICA, LETOYA LUCKETT, SOLANGE KNOWLES, CHINGO BLING, SLIM THUG, BELLY, SHORT DAWG, MATHEW KNOWLES, BUN-B, BRYAN-MICHAEL COX, FREE AND DR. BENJAMIN CHAVIS
HOUSTON, TEXAS. – MARCH 5, 2007 – On Saturday March 3, The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), along with title sponsor Chrysler Financial and presenting sponsor Anheuser-Busch, Inc welcomed a capacity crowd of more than 2,700 people to kick off the third annual Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment National Tour at Houston’s Texas Southern University. The “Get Your Money Right” tour features the powerful combination of hip-hop stars and Chrysler Financial financing experts to teach young people about personal finance.
The Houston tour stop included HSAN Co-Chairmen Russell Simmons and Dr. Benjamin Chavis, R&B/pop stars Monica, LeToya Luckett, Solange Knowles, Lady Lux and “My Grammy Moment” winner Robyn Troup; hip-hop stars Reverend Run, Chingo Bling, Slim Thug, Belly and Short Dawg; entrepreneurs Mathew Knowles, Bun-B, super producer Bryan-Michael Cox, Congressman Al Green (D-TX) and Chrysler Financial’s Stephen Starks, Director-Southeast Business Center. Hip-hop television personality, Free, co-moderated the Summit with Dr. Chavis.
The “Get Your Money Right” agenda features an interactive panel discussion on such topics as the basics of banking, repairing and understanding credit scores, asset and wealth management, vehicle financing and home ownership, and utilizes the “Get Your Money Right” workbook, produced and distributed by HSAN, in both English and Spanish. The workbook is free and is also downloadable at www.hsan.org.
Russell Simmons declared, “Be courageous enough to invest in your selves! We are born into a cycle of giving, and I find when I get up every morning and think about what I can give, I’m happier and the giving comes around to getting. If you believe in yourself and do the work, it’s impossible not to succeed.”
Solange Knowles emphasized, “Whatever you do in life, finance and career, make sure it’s based on happiness. Always think about the end result, which is loving what you do.”
One of the highlights of the Houston Hip-Hip Summit, was when the Knowles Family and Music World Entertainment were presented with the inaugural Global Achievement Award for Economic Empowerment for the work founders Mathew and Tina Knowles and the company have done around the careers of its artists, including Destiny’s Child, Beyonce and Michelle Williams, among others. In words of advice to the audience, Mathew Knowles emphasized, “Hang in there. The one thing youth needs is passion. If you have your dream, never give up on it. Tough times pass, but tough people last!”
The Houston Summit weekend began with a “Get Your Money Right” high school financial workshop for juniors and seniors at Jack Yates High School. Keiyana Wilson, the Yates student who received the “Get Your Money Right” workbook signed by special celebrity guest Free, was given the opportunity to walk the red carpet and attend the Houston Hip-Hop Summit the next day.
The 2007 “Get Your Money Right” tour will make six more stops including Detroit, Mich., April 14; Toronto, Ontario in August; Greensboro, N.C., September 8; Washington, D.C., September 29; Miami, Fla., October 20 and Atlanta, Ga., November 3.
Community partners included the Texas Southern University and TSU Student Organizations, the Houston Urban League, Tejano Center for Community Concerns, Houston NAACP and the Houston HSAN Youth Council.
Additional information on The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network can we found at www.hsan.org.
PHOTO CAPTION (from left to right): Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Free, Bryan-Michael Cox, Solange Knowles, Mathew Knowles, Russell Simmons and Bun-B. Mathew Knowles accepting the Global Achievement Award for Economic Empowerment on behalf of his family and company, Music World Entertainment.