Common, Erykah Badu Join Dallas Hip-Hop Summit

In response to an invitation issued by hip hop legend

and Dallas native, the D.O.C., the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network is convening

its third major summit in Dallas, TX. October 11&12, 2002 at the Adolphus

Hotel and the Texas Academy of Arts and Letters. The theme of the Dallas Hip Hop

Summit is ³Taking Back Responsibility:Empowering Our Youth.² In prior

Summits in New York and Los Angeles, the HSAN (Hip-Hop Summit Action Network)

has focused on the theme of ³Taking Back Responsibility.² The D.O.C.

is the first hip-hop artist to initiate the establishment of a HSAN local Youth

Council and the theme of the Dallas Summit reflects the commitment of the D.O.C.

and his Silverback Records label to empowering the youth of the Dallas-Ft. Worth


For the first time, the HSAN is opening the Summit

to public participation and, as a result, there has been a tremendous response

from youth throughout the Dallas ­Ft. Worth area. Involved in the Dallas

Hip Hop Summit program will be the Dallas Urban League and NAACP, the S,I.T.E.S.

(Students Information Technology Education Scholarships) program, Merrill Lynch

and Bryan¹s House, an adolescent program to help Dallas-Ft.Worth youth

become responsible adults.

Joining the D.OC will be Russell Simmons, Chairman

of Def Jam Records and the HSAN, Motown recording artist Erykah Badu, MCA recording

artist Common, Minister Benjamin Muhammad, CEO/President of the HSAN, on-air

personality Action Jaxon, elected officials, record industry executives and

local civic leaders.

The official radio station of the Dallas Hip-Hop

Summit is 97.9 THE BEAT, a Radio One affiliate.

Day one of the Dallas Hip-Hop Summit on October

11th, which will take place at the Adolphus Hotel, will begin with registration

from 9 to 11am. The first session will begin at 11am, and will feature a panel

discussion moderated by Minister Benjamin Muhammad, including Russell Simmons,

Erykah Badu, the DOC, State Senator Royce West, Dallas Urban League CEO Dr.

Beverly Brooks-Mitchell and Rikki Rincon, media relations specialist for the

Latino musical community, Vernon Norris, COO of Silverback Records and Jonathan

Huffman, VP of Silverback Records. The second session will focus on Hip-Hop

Economic Development, Hip-Hop Political Empowerment and establishing the Dallas-Ft.

Worth Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council. In addition, the Urban Leaguer Def Jam Reader

literacy program and the SITES programs will be highlighted.

Day two of the Dallas Hip-Hop Summit on October

12th will begin with a 9:30am visit to the Dallas Juvenile Detention Center

by the D.O.C., Russell Simmons, Minister Benjamin Muhammad and other Summit

participants. HSAN believes that hip-hop can help inspire young people to avoid

juvenile delinquency and this visit represents an outreach effort on the part

of those involved. Following the visit, the program will begin at 11am at the

Texas Academy of Arts & Letters. It will focus on youth voter mobilization

and a ³Get Out The Vote² rally, in conjunction with an appearance

by Ron Kirk, Democratic candidate for United States Senate. In the afternoon,

the NAACP and Rap The Vote will make a special presentation. The Summit will

conclude with the building of an action agenda by the youth of Dallas-Ft. Worth,

declaring their issues and their priorities which will guide the work of the

Dallas-Ft. Worth Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council.