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The League of Young Voters x VIBE "Ignite" The BET Hip-Hop Awards




IGNITE 2010: From the Blogs to Blocks - A gathering of leaders in entertainment, new media and social organizing that will spark minds an initiate action


VIBE will be streaming IGNITE 2010: From The Blogs to The Blocks live on via Ustream.


ATLANTA, GA (Sept. 29, 2010) -- On October 1, 2010, The League of Young Voters Education Fund (LYVEF) will kick-off the BET Hip-Hop Awards weekend with IGNITE 2010: From the Blogs to the Blocks – a forward-thinking event that discusses the important issues in our communities through hip-hop, new media and civic action.  The event will take place from 3pm–8pm EST at the W Atlanta Hotel Downtown (45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30308) and will feature:

  • One V.I.P. panel discussion: Civic Responsibility as it Relates to Your Community
  •  Two workshops: (1) The Role of New Media in Our Lives; (2) Violence, Sex and Gender in Music. 

Discussions will be lead by one of IGNITE 2010’s moderator Erica Williams (Deputy Director of Progress 2050 at Center for American Progress) and will feature urban journalists, celebrities, non-profit leaders and grassroots activists as they look to bridge hip-hop, new media and civic participation to stay connected with our communities.  


“This is the ultimate opportunity to have creative dialogue on issues that matter in our world, and come up with organic and realistic solutions for the 2010 mid-term elections and beyond,” says Robert “Biko” Baker, Executive Director of LYVEF.  “The opportunity to engage and interact with like-minded tastemakers and the community will be one of the key components of IGNITE 2010.”


As the official media sponsor, VIBE will be hosting a live Ustream session on where readers can view all IGNITE 2010 activities.  VIBE will also be tweeting live throughout IGNITE 2010, to give followers an up-to-date progress.


“We are honored to partner up with LYVEF and be apart of this social movement,” says Chloe Hilliard, Managing Editor of VIBE and  “Our goal [along with LYVEF] is to deliver a powerful event that will inspire our demographic to become involved and engaged in the civic process and build an advocacy for urban issues.”


Current participants include:


Abigail Kiesa – CIRCLE

Ilana Weaver - MC/Detroit Summer

Akiba Solomon - Freelance Writer/ Editor

Jabari Paul - FACE Florida

Amaila Deloney- Grassroots Policy Director/Media Justice Center

Janee Bolden -

Amir Boyd - Grand Hustle

Jodine Dorce - Fusicology

Anasa Troutman – ACT

Jasiri X - One Hood/Rapper/Minister

Andreas Hale – Journalist

Jayme Montgomery Baker - The League of Young Voters Education Fund

Bakari Kitwana - Scholar/Activist/Intellectual

Jycorri Robinson - Def Jam Records

Bernard Dory - Organizer/Social Entrepreneur

Kari Fulton - EJC/EAC

Brenton Mock - Blogger/Journalist

Karlo Mercelo - Future Majority

Brian Miller -

Khari Mosley - G-Tech/Green For All

Cathy Cohen - University of Chicago

Lauren Jarvis -

Chloé A. Hilliard – VIBE

Maegan Carberry - Rock The Vote

Christina Hollenback - Generational Alliance

Michael Harris -

Chuck Creekmur -

P.Frank Williams - TV/Film producer

CJ Jenkins - The League of Young Voters Education Fund

Reggie Hawkins - Shade 45/Sirius XM

Claude Gray (DJ Paradise) - One Hood

Roni Moore – Decon

Davey D – Journalist

Ryan Ford - Cashmere Agency

Devi Dev - 97.9 The Box Houston

Shamako Noble - Organizer & Hip-Hop Congress

DJ Willie Shakes - No Condom, No Way

Steve Raze -

Elizabeth Mendez Berry – Journalist

Tarik Ross - Amer-I-Can/Stampede Management

Erica Williams - Progress 2050

Theodore (TJ) Crawford - Hip Hop Advocate

Greg Watkins -

Tufara Waller Muhammad - Organizer/Activist


Confirmed talent includes:

Bangladesh (Producer)

Gangsta Boo (Hypnotize Minds Records)

Dorrough (NGENIUS/E1 – Koch Records)

J-Nicks (Hot 107.9)

Diamond (Battery Records/JIVE)

Lil’ Fate (DTP Records)

GLC (G.O.O.D. Music)

Grafh (EMI/Virgin Records)

Dr. Teeth (Music video director)

Fonzworth Bently (MTV’s From G’s to Gents)

Dondria (So So Def Recordings)

Alex Thomas (Actor/Comedian)

Chris Henderson (Producer)

Twista (Get Money Gang Records)


Providing sounds throughout IGNITE 2010 will be DJ JAMAD, DJ Baby Yu "The Remix Kid" of V-103FM, as well as DJ Geronimo and DJ Incredible from the Arsonist DJ crew.


For more information on IGNITE 2010: From The Blogs to The Blocks, please visit  Follow IGNITE 2010 via Ustream, where the event will be streaming live to view:


Relevant Links:

Twitter: @TheLeague99

Twitter hashtag: #IGNITE2010



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