The 2nd Annual Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball presented by Summit Action Network along with PHILANTHROPIK was held Sunday, January 20 at the Harman Center for the Arts. The ball celebrated the Hip-Hop community’s role in the Presidential election.
The annual event is the brainchild of Russell Simmons and Zac McDaniels. The event was hosted by Terrance J. and LaLa. There were also plenty of star power in the audience, Brandy, Lance Gross, Raheem Devaughn, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Liles, Eva Longoria and many others. Proceeds from the event will go to PHILANTHROPIK, a non-profit organization committed to supporting programs and initiatives that empower the community and inspire young people to be philanthropic. The event organizers hope to build on the momentum and political impact that youth along with the Hip-Hop Community generated in the last two elections. They registered hundreds of thousands of new voters, held campaign rallies, and raised money for political campaigns.
The event honored some of the artist and activist that have impacted their community and the Hip-Hop genre itself. Dr. Benjamin Chavis received the Legacy Award, for his work as a mentor and advocate in the Hip-Hop community and for his life-long commitment to the Civil Rights Movement.
Rapper 2 Chainz received the “Street Solider Award” for his efforts for advocating the for the rights of convicted felons to secure Voting Rights, and actress Rosario Dawson accepted the Vanguard Award for Voto Latino, a non-partisan organization whose civic engagement campaigns have reached an estimated 55 million Latino households nationwide.
Lifetime Achievement Awards went to both Doug E. Fresh and Mc Lyte. Awards were also given to, Swizz Beatz (Impact Award), John Legend (Humanitarian Award), Meek Mill (Community Activist Award) and many others.
It often goes unnoticed the positive impact that Hip-Hop has in the lives of young people. The Inaugural Hip-Hop Ball created a refreshing display of the positive role and commitment Hip-Hop plays in communities.
Please click this link to see some of the highlights of the night. /Photos by Shevry Lassiter