R&B singer Ciara will headline the upcoming âTurn Up the Voteâ National Hip-Hop Summit at Temple University on Sunday, April 20, 2008 in Philadelphia, PA with rapper T.I. and music mogul Russell Simmons. The Summit is sponsored by The Hip-Hop Research and Education Fund (HREF), PowerPAC and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN). The âTurn Up the Voteâ National Hip-Hop Summit takes place two days before the Pennsylvania primary and will educate young adults on the issues in the upcoming Presidential election. 2008 has been described as the âYear of the Youth Vote.â Millions of 18-35 year olds across America are being encouraged to go to the polls and vote in record numbers. Topics to be discussed will include: Overcoming Poverty, Healthcare, Education, Alcohol and Drug Prevention, Stopping Violence in Urban Communities, Ending the War in Iraq and the importance of Civic Engagement. Additional confirmed panelists include: Jim Jones, Flo-Rida, Webbie, Lil Boosie, Rosci and Terrence J (hosts of BETâs 106 & Park), Chrisette Michelle, Rich Boy, Styles P, Lyfe Jennings, Lil X, Green Lantern, Gorilla Zoe, Latino hip- hop/reggaeton stars Alexis y Fido; OâNeal McKnight; Emily King and NAACP National Director, Youth and College Division, Stefanie Brown.. Doors open at 12:30pm. For more information and to download free tickets, log onto: www.hsan.org. Ciara recently announced to MTV VJs Sway and Akshay Bhansali that her new album was to be titled Fantasy Ride, with the first single “High Price” featuring rapper Ludacris. Danja, The Clutch, Polow Da Don, and T-Pain will lend their efforts to the album.
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