Rappers, Music Executives Converge for Panels and Southern Entertainment

Rapper David Banner,

Jimmy Henchman, manager of the Game and Swisha House CEO Michael Watts will be

among the panelists addressing music industry issues during a weekend of discussions

sponsored by Rap Coalition and The 3rd Annual Southern Entertainment Awards. Topics for the panels include:

How to Get a Record Deal, How to Build a Huge Buzz, Indie Labels: How to Put

Out Your Own CD or Start Your Own Label, How to Lose $1 Million: Top 10 Mistakes

in The Music Industry and other topics of interest.

Other panelists include

rappers Too Short, Killer Mike and Trick Trick as well as Blue Williams, manager

of Outkast, Vanessa Satten, music editor of XXL Magazine, Jane Higgins, publicist

for Nelly, and Murphy Lee, directors Flx ("Dirty States of America")

and Lexx Luger ("White Boys Can't Rap"), Hump, CEO of Sucka Free Entertainment

and Rap Coalition founder Wendy Day.

Founded in 1992, Rap Coalition

is a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to the education, support, protection

and unity of hip hop artists: rappers, producers, and DJs.

The Southern Entertainment

Awards honor artists and DJs of the southern music industry each year with awards

voted on by their peers.

The panel discussions

are free and open to the public from noon to 6 PM on Friday, Jan. 20 and 11

AM to 7 PM on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Grand Casino in Tunica, MS (30 miles

south of Memphis).

The weekend will

be capped off with parties at the Martini Room and Club Premier and the third

annual Southern Entertainment Awards, which takes place at 2:00 p.m. Jan. 22

at the Horse Shoe Casino.

The Southern Entertainment

Awards ceremony begins at 2 PM on Sunday, January 22 at the Horse Shoe Casino.

Tickets are $60 and available at TicketMaster.com.