On January 25, 2011, the League of Young Voters Education Fund (LYVEF) and AllHipHop.com will host exclusive conversations with leading voices from music and politics in regards to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. Through the power of hip-hop, LYVEF and AllHipHop.com will speak with political figures from the nation’s biggest youth organizations, including Rock The Vote, as well as media experts to address the needs and interests of the nation’s young voters.
“The goal here is to help contextualize Obama’s State of the Union address through a youth perspective,” says Robert “Biko” Baker, Executive Director of LYVEF. “We want to give our generation a greater understanding of how Obama’s address will affect their families and neighborhoods in the years to come…and what better way to do so than to partner with one of the biggest urban media websites, AllHipHop.com ! We’re very excited to launch our new partnership with them.”
This event will be the kick-off to the partnership between AllHipHop.com and LYVEF. Throughout the State of the Union address, LYVEF’s urban portal, 99Problems.org and AllHipHop.com, will be the leading hub in answering all your political questions as it pertains to Obama’s address. Here, you will find top stories from the nation’s capital, as well as interviews with top media experts and influential political figures through a youth perspective. In addition, AllHipHop.com and LYVEF will provide simplified explanations of how each subject matter discussed in the address directly impacts our young voter’s lives, including health care, war in the Middle East, gun control, economic policies and more.
“This was a no brainer,” explains Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur, Co-Founder of AllHipHop.com . “As soon as the League came to us with this idea, we jumped at the chance. AllHipHop.com prides itself on reporting more than just hip-hop, but rather utilizing the website to empower our audience to learn and care about social issues, politics and civic engagement, especially when it affects them the most.
In addition, LYVEF, AllHipHop.com and Rock The Vote will be hosting the first annual State of the Union: Roadmap to Progress – a viewing and panel discussion addressing the topics of President Obama’s State of the Union and its impact. This event will feature a collection of top urban media and political figures from NAACP, VIBE, Def Jam Records, Rock The Vote, Campus Progress and more, to address and debate the issues Obama will be speaking of. The State of the Union: Roadmap to Progress will take place starting at 8pm at the New Organizing Institute offices and will feature a viewing party for President Obama’s State of The Union address, followed by three 20-minute panel discussions.
Throughout the State of the Union: Roadmap to Progress, viewers will be able to directly engage with the media and political minds to ask questions via Ustream at www.YoungVoterLive.com and the LYVEF’s Twitter and Facebook starting at 8pm EST.
Lastly, as an ongoing mission, the League of Young Voters Education Fund and AllHipHop.com will be attending various political events, such as rallies and speeches up until the 2012 presidential election to give you all the information you need to make your decision on election day.
For more information on the State of the Union: Road to Progress and all details surrounding the President’s address, please visit 99Problems.org , YoungVoterLive.com and AllHipHop.com.