The League of Young Voters Education Fund
09/30/2010

THE LEAGUE OF YOUNG VOTERS EDUCATION FUND
“IGNITES” THE BET HIP-HOP AWARDS WEEKEND IN ATLANTA

IGNITE 2010: From the Blogs to Blocks - A gathering of leaders in entertainment, new media and social organizing that will spark minds an initiate action

Official media partner, VIBE will be streaming IGNITE 2010: From The Blogs to The Blocks live on VIBE.com via Ustream

Online PR News – 30-September-2010 – – ATLANTA, GA (Sept. 29, 2010) -- On October 1, 2010, The League of Young Voters Education Fund (LYVEF) will kick-off the BET Hip-Hop Awards weekend with IGNITE 2010: From the Blogs to the Blocks – a forward-thinking event that discusses the important issues in our communities through hip-hop, new media and civic action. The event will take place from 3pm–8pm EST at the W Atlanta Hotel Downtown (45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30308) and will feature:

- One V.I.P. panel discussion: Civic Responsibility as it Relates to Your Community
- Two workshops: (1) The Role of New Media in Our Lives; (2) Violence, Sex and Gender in Music.

Discussions will be lead by one of IGNITE 2010’s moderator Erica Williams (Deputy Director of Progress 2050 at Center for American Progress) and will feature urban journalists, celebrities, non-profit leaders and grassroots activists as they look to bridge hip-hop, new media and civic participation to stay connected with our communities.

“This is the ultimate opportunity to have creative dialogue on issues that matter in our world, and come up with organic and realistic solutions for the 2010 mid-term elections and beyond,” says Robert “Biko” Baker, Executive Director of LYVEF. “The opportunity to engage and interact with like-minded tastemakers and the community will be one of the key components of IGNITE 2010.”

As the official media sponsor, VIBE will be hosting a live Ustream session on VIBE.com where readers can view all IGNITE 2010 activities. VIBE will also be tweeting live throughout IGNITE 2010, to give followers an up-to-date progress.

“We are honored to partner up with LYVEF and be apart of this social movement,” says Chloe Hilliard, Managing Editor of VIBE and VIBE.com. “Our goal [along with LYVEF] is to deliver a powerful event that will inspire our demographic to become involved and engaged in the civic process and build an advocacy for urban issues.”

Current participants include:

Abigail Kiesa – CIRCLE
Ilana Weaver - MC/Detroit Summer
Akiba Solomon - Freelance Writer/ Editor
Jabari Paul - FACE Florida
Amaila Deloney- Grassroots Policy Director/Media Justice Center
Janee Bolden - Bossip.com
Amir Boyd - Grand Hustle
Jodine Dorce - Fusicology
Anasa Troutman – ACT
Jasiri X - One Hood/Rapper/Minister
Andreas Hale – Journalist
Jayme Montgomery Baker - The League of Young Voters Education Fund
Bakari Kitwana - Scholar/Activist/Intellectual
Jycorri Robinson - Def Jam Records
Bernard Dory - Organizer/Social Entrepreneur
Kari Fulton - EJC/EAC
Brenton Mock - Blogger/Journalist
Karlo Mercelo - Future Majority
Brian Miller - RapRadar.com
Khari Mosley - G-Tech/Green For All
Cathy Cohen - University of Chicago
Lauren Jarvis - Examiner.com
Chloe Hilliard – VIBE
Maegan Carberry - Rock The Vote
Christina Hollenback - Generational Alliance
Michael Harris - HipHopWired.com
Chuck Creekmur - AllHipHop.com
P. Frank Williams - TV/Film producer
CJ Jenkins - The League of Young Voters Education Fund
Reggie Hawkins - Shade 45/Sirius XM
Claude Gray (DJ Paradise) - One Hood
Roni Moore – Decon
Davey D – Journalist
Ryan Ford - Cashmere Agency
Devi Dev - 97.9 The Box Houston
Shamako Noble - Organizer & Hip-Hop Congress
DJ Willie Shakes - No Condom, No Way
Steve Raze - AllHipHop.com
Elizabeth Mendez Berry – Journalist
Tarik Ross - Amer-I-Can/Stampede Management
Erica Williams - Progress 2050
Theodore (TJ) Crawford - Hip Hop Advocate
Greg Watkins - AllHipHop.com
Tufara Waller Muhammad - Organizer/Activist


Confirmed talent includes:

Bangladesh (Producer)
Gangsta Boo (Hypnotize Minds Records)
Dorrough (NGENIUS/E1 – Koch Records)
J-Nicks (Hot 107.9)
Diamond (Battery Records/JIVE)
Lil’ Fate (DTP Records)
GLC (G.O.O.D. Music)
Grafh (EMI/Virgin Records)
Dr. Teeth (Music video director)
Fonzworth Bently (MTV’s From G’s to Gents)
Dondria (So So Def Recordings)
Alex Thomas (Actor/Comedian)
Chris Henderson (Producer)
Twista (Get Money Gang Records)

Providing sounds throughout IGNITE 2010 will be DJ JAMAD of Frolab.com, DJ Baby Yu "The Remix Kid" of V-103FM, as well as DJ Geronimo and DJ Incredible from the Arsonist DJ crew.

For more information on IGNITE 2010: From The Blogs to The Blocks, please visit www.YoungVoter.org . Follow IGNITE 2010 via Ustream, where the event will be streaming live to view: http://www.ustream.tv/league-of-young-voters.

Relevant Links:
Twitter: @TheLeague99
Twitter hashtag: #IGNITE2010
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/League-of-Young-Voters/6856101867
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/99problemsdotorg

About The League of Young Voters Education Fund:
The League of Young Voters Education Fund makes civic engagement relevant by meeting young people where they are, working on the issues that affect their lives, and providing them with tools, training, and support to become viable players in the civic process. Our target constituencies are young people, people of color and non-college youth, so a large part of this engagement is and always has been hip-hop influenced. LYVEF was founded on a movement: hip hop, a collection of artists and activists using their creative talents to empower their people. This empowerment resonates deeply with our message and is part of the backbone of our outreach. Over the years, LYVEF has seen a significant divide between the urban blogging/new media communities and the youth political movement.

About Vibe Lifestyle Network:
VIBE Lifestyle Network is the parent company of VIBE Magazine and VIBE.COM and is the premier destination for the hip-hop generation. VIBE Lifestyle Network is a vertical content and advertising network, which represents over 25 websites reaching over 19 million unique users per month. The new VIBE.com and VIBE Lifestyle Network are the premier destinations for urban music, entertainment, culture and lifestyle for the aspirational 18-34 year old.

About Cashmere Agency:
Cashmere Agency is the premier lifestyle marketing collective. The executive staff is comprised of leading minds from the world of entertainment, advertising and new media. Founded in 1999 by Seung Chung and Ted Chung, Cashmere Agency has expanded from its headquarters in Los Angeles to offices in New York City and Mumbai, India. Cashmere Agency’s client list includes Adidas, Landy Cognac, Warner Bros. Films, E! Network, Numark Akai Pro Audio, Sony Pictures TV, HBO, Capitol/EMI Records and EA. More information about Cashmere Agency can be found at cashmereagency.com

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