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 http://www.Hiphopinaugural.org or http://www.HSAN.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.