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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hip Hop 4 Haiti National Day Jan. 30 | DC Food & Clothing Happy Hour | Layla Lounge 4-9 PM

(Washington, DC) – In an effort to aid the people of Haiti who have faced a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion, the hip hop community in partnership with the Hip Hop Caucus/Hip Hop Help Haiti, presents Hip Hop 4 Haiti Food & Clothing Drive. Hip Hop 4 Haiti National Day is on January 30, 2010 where the youth and hip-hop communities in 32 cities nationwide and in Cost Rica will host events to collect food & clothing for Haitian earthquake survivors. This event is meant to mobilize and unite the hip-hop community and provide a lasting and necessary impact for the people of Haiti.

In Washington DC, several artists and hip-hop leaders have volunteered their time and talents in support of Haiti. Hip Hop 4 Haiti DC will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. at Layla Lounge, located at 501 Morse Street NE, Washington, DC, featuring artists, speakers, and a candlelight vigil. There is no cost for entry, however food and clothing donations are requested for admission.

Hip Hop 4 Haiti DC will include performances by Bad Boy Recording Artist DeAngelo Redman; NU ENT/Jive/Battery Records Recording Artist D.C. Don Juan; 2008 DMV Entertainer of the Year Kyonte, co-producer and writer of two Grammy-nominated Projects; DMV’s lyrical genius and creator of the powerful “Hip-Hop 4 Haiti” single, Bear Witnez; and more! In addition, Dan Wilder AKA II Face Ya Wildboy will host an all-female cipha, featuring Ra The MC, Madam Madon, La Vie, Lady Venom, Maria J AKA The Postergirl and other top female emcees in the DMV.

The community is asked to bring non-perishable food items and clothing, and enjoy a Hip Hop 4 Haiti Happy Hour, including music from some of the finest local & national artists. Also, guests will hear the stories of speakers who have a connection to Haiti and earthquake relief efforts. This is an 18 and up event. Your support is needed to help the people of Haiti and to provide an ongoing and lasting impact. Please come out and join this great cause. Visit the website to learn more about what other cities are doing.

Interested in being involved? Here’s what you can do now:

1. In addition to attending Hip Hop 4 Haiti in your city, all artists and members of the hip-hop community are asked to record short videos encouraging support for the Hip Hop 4 Haiti National Food and Clothing Drive January 30 and email the video to one of the contacts above.

2. Join the Ning network at www.hiphop4haiti.ning.com

3. Create an event on Facebook and invite your friends and family to Hip Hop 4 Haiti.

4. Share the flier and this press release on Twitter and other social networks.

Presented nationally by: Queen YoNasda, B.E.A. Inc, EMCEES for P.E.A.C.E, XPOZ magazine, Peacefest, Institute of the Black World, Hip Hop Caucus and Hip Hop Help Haiti and the assistance of YELE Haiti organization; and locally by Music Is Life Magazine, Honeycomb Set LLC, Beneath Da Surface, Think Brown INK Communications and Layla Lounge.

Locations: Phoenix, AZ; Chicago, IL; Miami, FL; Atlanta, GA; St. Louis, MO; South Carolina; Grand Rapids, MI; Albuquerque, NM; Providence, RI; Baltimore, MD; Pittsburgh, PA; Fort Wayne, IN; Washington DC; New York City; Minnesota (visit http://hiphop4haiti.ning.com for additional cities).

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