Afeni Shakur To Give Keynot e At 1st Annual Hip-Hop Appreciation Week Awards

Afeni Shakur will be the keynote speaker at the

The 1st Annual Hip-Hop Appreciation Week Awards Ceremony in Atlanta, Sunday

May 18th.

"Afeni Shakur has come on board because

I am quite sure she shares the same feelings as many in hip-hop right now; that

there must be a greater sense of responsibility in our actions," Dee Dee

Cocheta, Co-Executive Producer said.

Community leaders in Atlanta will be recognized

in five categories for their achievements throughout the previous year.

The categories are: Non-Profit of the year, Entrepreneur

Of The Year, Atlanta's Life Time Achievement In Hip-Hop Award, Activist Of The

Year, and the highest honor, the 2003 Hiphop Appreciation Week Award for Responsibility.

"To understand the History of the hip-hop

Culture, the Atlanta Community needs to be involved and what better way then

be a part of the nomination and voting process of an awards production that

focuses on civic duties of the hip-hop community," Cocheta continued.

Presenters at the awards show include Whodini,

Scorpio of the Furious Five, Khujo Goodie, Eshe & Speech of Arrested Development,

Tony Mercedes, Bow Legged Lou and Jermaine Dupri's father, record executive

Michael Mauldin.

The ceremonies kick off at 2 P.M. Admission is

$40 at the Door and will take place at Upscales Events Facility, located at

6690 Roswell Rd in Sandy Springs, Atlanta, Georgia

Hip-Hop Appreciation week starts May 18 and run

until the 25. The week is designed to promote unity and the decriminalization

of hip-hop's image. This year's theme is responsibility.

During the week, fans are urged to lessen their

intake of legal and illegal drugs, fried foods, sugar, dairy, salt, flour and


The Temple Of HipHop also urges fans to eat more

foods made from steam during the week, as well as fasting one of two days out

of the week.

For more info contact Dee Dee Cocheta @ 770.907.8665.