On Saturday, August 16th at 1600 Avenue Inc., a 501C3 organization, and its flagship program Hip Hop Leaders (HHL) brought at-risk youth, the community, political figures, and an impressive number of celebrities, musicians, actors, and other influencers together in the name of unity, education, and a safer future for the youth.
The day started with intimate, powerful mentoring sessions with influential figures such as Scoop Deville, Spinderella (Salt-n-Pepa), Asya CEO of Fusicology.com, and Richard Gant (actor).
The day transitioned into a Town Hall meeting further discussing the serious challenges the youth face as well as solutions to those problems. The panel consisted of community-based celebrities like The Poetess, Sticky Fingaz, Lorenzo Murphy, 40 Glock, Ryan Ford of The Source, and Bone from “Training Day” along side community activists Donny Joubert of Nickerson Gardens, Gregory Thomas of Kush Inc., and Pastor Moses Collins of Glory Bound MBC. Together they all communed in the name of Peace and Progress.
Additionally Hip-Hop entertainers that also lent their time to this years events were: Akil (Jurassic 5), Arabian Prince (founder of NWA), DJ Mark Luv (Zulu Nation head), Paul Stewart, Porscha Coleman, Lauren London, Jackie Long, Terrence J of BET’s 106 and Park, comedian Alex Thomas, and Warren G who surprised the fans with a solo set at the end of the night under the moonlight on the UCLA Royce Hall Terrace. These influential Hip-Hop community members “gave back” by participating in a full day’s worth of “edu-tainment” to discuss issues of importance.
Hip Hop Leaders Founder Frank Satterwhite comments, “Our hip hop leaders students as part of the year-round curriculum in schools, helped produce the HHL Conference, created a forum for victims of violence to be honored, and paid tribute to these same victims via spoken word. This is a proud moment”.
(peace to Wes and Mike D for making the t-shirts)
Special thanks to Media sponsors KDAY Radio, and Fusicology.com as well as the following elected officials who through their letters of support or direct involvement have spurred the HHL Program forward: U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, Congresswoman Laura Richardson, CA-State Senator Mark Ridley Thomas, Assembly member Warren Furutani, Assembly member Mervin Dymally, Assembly member Mike Davis, Assembly member Elect Isadore Hall, Council woman Janice Hahn, Counil member Mike Gipson, Council member Steve Bradford. 1600 Avenue Director of Community Operations Demirea Perry also specially thanks Rock Tha Vote for being in attendance to help ignite at-risk youth to “be the changed” for years to come!