Hip-Hopsters to Celebrate Obama's Re-election
12/13/2012, 10:55 a.m.
In celebration of the Hip-Hop community's involvement in President Barack Obama's re-election, the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and PHILANTHROPIK have announced a charity black-tie gala to be included among inauguaral festivities next month in the nation's capital.
The Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball II will be held at 8 p.m., Jan. 20, at The Harman Center for the Arts in Northwest. The ball, which is the brainchild of chairpersons Russell Simmons and Zac McDaniels, looks to once again be one of the hottest tickets of the inaugural weekend.
The last two elections have sparked a tremendous surge of political and social fervor within the hip-hop community and an influx of youth into mainstream politics. Hip-Hop has a voice and as the genre continues to expand globally, that voice has become galvanized and powerful.
Simmons introduced the historic ball that honored and celebrated the country's new political presence and collective power. The impact was evident from the record turn out of voters under 30, many of whom cast their first votes ever in 2009 and turned out again in 2012.
Many of the Hip-Hop artists who participated in the previous ball are expected to attend this year's event. They include Simmons, LL Cool J, T.I. and Tiny, Nick Cannon, Busta Rhymes, Young Jeezy, Ashanti, Trey Songz, and Bow Wow.
Tickets prices range from $500 to $2,500 and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please visit: www.eventfarm.com/HIB2013