Wyclef Jean, Jermaine Dupri and Rodney Carmichael Kick Off A3C Festival & Conference at the 3rd Annual ChooseATL ‘Welcome to ATL’ Reception

Gearing up for an amazing A3C week, A3C and ChooseATL hosted their 3rd annual ‘Welcome to ATL’ reception honoring Wyclef Jean, Jermaine Dupri and Rodney Carmichael. Over 250 guests gathered at the Loudermilk Conference Center for southern cuisine, crafted cocktails and live music by The Nourishment while celebrating the guests of honor.

A3C Director and Partner, Mike Walbert and ChooseATL Executive Director, Kate Atwood, opened up the evening with welcoming remarks, while event MC’s Royce Babble and Bria Janelle kicked off the awards ceremony. Media maven and longtime producer of Combat Jack’s radio show, A-King, presented renowned journalist of NPR, Rodney Carmichael, with the first-ever Combat Jack Storyteller Award. Next, music manager and executive Madeline Nelson, had the opportunity to present her client and business partner, Wyclef Jean, with the Social Impact Award; highlighting all of his philanthropic efforts not only in Haiti but worldwide. Concluding the award ceremony, legendary producer and DJ, Bryan Michael Cox, journeyed guests over two decades of friendship while honoring Jermaine Dupri with the Cultural Icon Award.

As the reception concluded Wyclef Jean made an impromptu performance alongside of The Nourishment, rapping lyrics to his hit song with the Fugees – “Fu Gee La”. Wyclef also jumped on various instruments such as the keyboard and drums, playing alongside the house band.

Following the “Welcome to ATL” reception, guests were invited out to Deep End for the official after party, with another guest performance by Wyclef Jean and his new artist Jazzy Amra.

“It was a special night for A3C and the city of Atlanta. We have to highlight and pay respect to the trailblazers in our culture, or we’ll lose sight of how we got here and where we need to go.” – Mike Walbert.

A3C Festival & Conference will be taking place in Atlanta all week long. To learn more info visit: www.a3cfestival.com

Photo Credit: DV Photography

Rodney Carmichael, Wyclef Jean & Jermaine Dupri
Wyclef & Jermaine Dupri
Toyota Ballroom
Rodney Carmichael
Madeline Nelson
Bryan Michael Cox & Jermaine Dupri
Mike Walbert
A-King
Royce Babble & Bria Janelle
Wyclef Jean

The Honorable Mayor of Atlanta Keisha Lance Bottoms Hosts Candid Conversation with Rembert Browne at A3C Festival & Conference

Launching A3C’s “Women in Charge” programming series, the Honorable Mayor Keisha Lance Bottomssat down with renowned culture journalist, Rembert Browne, for an intimate discussion sharing her journey into becoming the Mayor, from grade school until present day. This discussion, held at the A3C Festival & Conference headquarters, the Loudermilk Conference Center, invited all A3C attendees for a complimentary brunch buffet while learning more about the new Mayor of Atlanta.

Rembert asked a series of questions leading Mayor Bottoms into discussing a host of topics including her personal experiences now being a Black woman in power while still being able to identify with her community, a Black woman’s financial struggles to even make it and live in Atlanta and even touched on light hearted topics such as her surreal experience on being praised by top actor, Idris Elba, for winning the Mayoral race, even saying in the moment she couldn’t believe ‘Elba knew she was the Mayor of Atlanta’. Mayor Bottoms spoke very candid and open, connecting on a more personal level with guests on her journey.

“The Mayor’s Brunch was an important event for the city and hip-hop community. We watched Mayor Bottoms have a very genuine conversation with a fellow Atlanta native, Rembert Browne, about our city and the issues surrounding gentrification, competing on a national level and supporting culture. It was an honor to host Mayor Bottoms and it’s a conversation we hope to have annually at the A3C Festival & Conference,” Mike Walbert (A3C Director/Partner) states.

A3C’s Women In Charge series is intended to connect, inspire and educate women in the music industry through a series of events, panels, and sessions featuring some of hip-hop’s most influential and innovative women.

Women involved in this initiative include: Asya Shein (Fusicology, President), Dia Simms (Combs Enterprises, President), Dina Marto (Twelve Music & Studios, Owner & Founder), Ethiopia Habtemariam (Motown Records, President), Janee Bolden (BOSSIP, Managing Editor), Lola Plaku (Lola Media Group, CEO + Owner), Malita the Mogul (Mogul Mentality, Founder + CEO), Nicole Bilzerian (Interscope Geffen A&M, SVP Head of Urban Marketing), Nicole Wyskoarko (Interscope Geffen A&M, EVP Urban Operations), Phylicia Fant (Warner Bros Records, SVP Media + Special Projects), Uwonda Carter Scott (The Carter Law Firm, Attorney + Owner) and Whitney-Gayle Benta (Spotify, Head of Talent Relations).

Learn more about A3C Festival & Conference at: www.A3CHipHop.com.

Photo Credit: DV Photography

Tip “T.I.”Harris Hosts Exclusive ‘Dime Trap’ Listening Event at Trap Music Museum

October 4th, Iconic rap artist Tip “T.I.” Harris hosted the exclusive Atlanta listening party for his tenth studio album, Dime Trap. Held at the acclaimed pop-up TrapMusic Museum, the event hosted hundreds of celebrities, influencers and longtime supporters who joined Tip for a first listen of the new album before it was released at midnight. As guests entered, they were greeted by the all black orchestra, Orchestra Noir, who performed new music from the album, including ‘Jefe’ ft. Meek Mill, Wraith ft. Yo Gotti and Weekend ft. Young Thug.

Inside, guests were able to walk through the Trap Music Museum’s exhibits and learn more about the genre and culture that Tip brought to the forefront. The event also helped commemorate the 15th anniversary of Tip’s notorious album, Trap Muzik, which sparked the trap music genre. Tito’s Vodka and Hendrick’s Gin powered the event for the evening with well-crafted themed cocktails. Brave guests tried their luck at the first ever “Escape the Trap” Escape Room, located inside the museum. Tip greeted the crowd and gave a little history on the evolution of himself and his musical career.

Following the introduction, Tip played the album from top to bottom. The crowd vibed to the new songs, including “Jefe” and “Wraith”, which were released in September. “I really made a conscious effort to challenge myself lyrically and musically for this project to make it special for y’all. To make it new, fresh and nostalgic at the same time for the core fans, while finding ways to attract the young’ns who only know me from Antman & Family Hustle. Thank you to all involved no matter how major or minute your role was. This experience I’ve had on album X has been surreal and amazing. Dime Trap out now”, Tip stated.

Dime Trap is available now on all music platforms.

Video Credit: Urban Scope

Notables in Attendance:
The Harris Family, DJ Drama, Mannie Fresh, Trae Tha Truth, Young Dro, YFN Lucci, Young Joc, Reginae Carter, DC Young Fly, Angela Yee, DJ Sense, LeToya Luckett, J. Prince, Collipark, Angela McCoughtry, Big Tigger, Headkrack, J Nicks, DJ Kash, Sheree Whitfield, Kodie Shane, Scotty ATL, Akbar V, Brad James, Lotto Savage, Loso Loaded, Paper Lovee, GFMBRYYCE, Yung Booke, London Jae, Translee, Joe Green, Blame it on Kway, Spice, Just Brittany, Natalie Nunn, Estelita, Robin Hood Trae, Bryan Michael Cox, Kawan “KP” Prather, Chaka Zulu, Tuma Basa (YouTube), Fadia Kader (Instagram), Mali Hunter, Ray Daniels, Fly of TIG Records, Cortez Bryant, Amina Diop, Invest Atlanta.

Thank you to the Event Sponsors: Epic Records, Grand Hustle, Akoo, Tito’s Vodka and Hendrick’s Gin.

Photo Credit: Prince Williams of ATL Pics

DJ Drama, T.I.
Orchestra Noir
T.I., Bryan Michael Cox and Mannie Fresh
YFN Lucci, T.I.
J. Prince and Trae The Truth
T.I. and Domani Harris
T.I. and Tiny Harris
DC Young Fly, Mali Hunter, Trae The Truth and T.I.
Angela Yee and Janet Bolden of Bossip
Zonnique
Reginae Carter
Kawan “KP” Prather
Letoya Luckett
London Jae, Akbar V, Cortez Bryant and T.I.

IDK Announces ‘The Very Bad Run’ U.S. Headlining Tour

Critically-acclaimed rapper IDK (Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge) announces U.S. headline dates via The Very Bad Run Tour, commencing on November 6th at Slims in San Francisco. All confirmed dates are listed below, and tickets can be purchased tomorrow at 9am PST/12pm EST HERE. A number of special guests (to be announced) will be joining him for select shows. Additionally, IDK will support fellow rapper Denzel Curry on his European dates this winter, including stops in Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, London and Dublin.IDK’s upcoming tour arrives off the heels of his two recent releases–the no holds barred “WHY? (50 Cent Wanksta Remix)” and energy fueled track “Electric” featuring Q Da Fool. The latter, produced by Take A DayTrip and distributed via Foundation Media, premiered on AdultSwim.com as part of the Adult Swim Singlesprogram, which highlights music from underground artists. Ahead of the tour launch, IDK is set to perform at Adult Swim Festival this Sunday, October 7th in Los Angeles.
TOUR DATES
NOV 6 Slims – San Francisco, CA
NOV 8 The Observatory Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
NOV 9 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
NOV 14 Middle East Downstairs – Boston, MA
NOV 15 The Foundry at The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
NOV 16 SOB’s (Sounds of Brazil) – New York, NY
NOV 21 U Street Music Hall – Washington DC
NOV 28 – Paris
NOV 29 – Antwerp

NOV 30 – Amsterdam
DEC 2 – Munich

DEC 3 – Warsaw
DEC 4 – Berlin

DEC 6 – Hamburg
DEC 8 – Stockholm

DEC 9 – Copenhagen
DEC 10 – Cologne

DEC 12 – Manchester
DEC 14 – Birmingham

DEC 15 – Bristol
DEC 16 – London

DEC 18 – Dublin*
*Supporting Denzel Curry

T.I., Usher, Killer Mike, Monica and More Attend the VIP Preview of Atlanta’s Trap Music Museum

On Saturday, September 29th, Tip “T.I.” Harris hosted the VIP preview of the new Trap Music Museum in Atlanta. This pop-up museum is a collaboration of mix-media installations honoring the trap music culture and the artists, producers, DJ’s and more who helped create the genre. Over 300 guests came out to support and view the dynamic space while enjoying custom cocktails by Tito’s Vodka and bites by Chef Petey. DJ A1 spun the greatest trap music hits from 2003 – present time, while guests mixed, mingled and reminisced on the monumental moments that defined this movement. Select guests put their brains to the test by trying out the “Escape the Trap” escape room located within the space.

This star-studded event featured appearances by: T.I. and Tiny Harris and the Harris Family – Domani Harris, Messiah Harris, Zonnique, Deja Harris, Heiress Harris and Major Harris, as well as Usher, Monica, Rocko, Zaytoven, Killer Mike, Toya Wright, MikeWillMadeIt, Young Dro, Big Bank Black, Bangladesh, LeToya Luckett, Kap G, Gorilla Zoe, DJ Toomp, Fly, Ming Lee, Translee, Angel McCoughtry, Omar Dorsey, Reginae Carter, Hurricane Dave, DJ Scream, DJ Jelly, Shanelle, Brie, Ryan Wilson, TK Peterson, Joe Green, Shod Da God, Taylor Girlz, Summerella, Mali Hunter, Akbar V, Dennis White, Ernestine Johnson, Jazzy McBee, K Botchey, Branden Criss, KY Engineering, Mike Walbert, DJ Smallz, Sarah Vivan, Robin Hood Tre, and many more.

The Trap Music Museum is now open for the public.

“We have an intentional plan to revitalize and redevelop the Proctor Creek Watershed with investment from the entertainment industry. The Trap Museum is the first example of placemaking BY creatives FOR creatives. TIP, Atlanta’s native son has yet again raised the bar by curating an artistic experience that reflects poverty and struggle turned into success and community building.”

Kwanza Hall | Managing Director at Invest Atlanta for Proctor Creek Development

“Trap is often associated with “the crack era” and its horrors, but this museum shows you truly that the ‘Trappers’ (similar to moonshiners vs prohibition) were simply home grown entrepreneurs that used an ‘illegal’ means to better the economic experience for those in underserved communities. Without Moonshiners you have no NASCAR and the millions of dollars of generational wealth it created and without ‘Trap Music’ hip-hop would not be the most dominant culture force sold out of the USA worldwide. It has been a long hard road with a wicked drug war that locked up our best business minds, but the spirit of ‘do for self’ lives and thrives today because of ‘Trap Music’. Bravo To all my Trappers.”

Killer Mike | Grammy-Award Winning Rapper and member of Rap Duo Run The Jewels

Learn more information on the Trap Music Museum at www.TrapMusicMuseum.us

Trap Music Museum
630 Travis St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Follow on IG: @TrapMusicMuseum

TIG Records Announce “Trust In Giving” Campaign For Atlanta Residents *Month-long Community Giveback*

Today, the Trust In Giving Foundation—the charity created by Think It’s A Game Records Founder & C.E.O. GivanFlyHenry—and Black Celebrity Giving launch the “Trust In Giving Month” campaign for the entire month of October. The foundation’s mission is to create lasting solutions to problems faced by today’s youth, seniors and families, through the power of giving. The month of giving will bring hope to the lives of thousands through a variety of community activations in Atlanta, Georgia.

Trust In Giving (TIG) will enact one giveback daily throughout the month of October, ranging from surprise automobile giveaways and book donations to supporting shelters, youth homes and children with incarcerated parents, as well as senior citizen centers throughout the Atlanta area. “Fly” went on air with DJ Greg Street at V103 in order to personally break the news about the inaugural “Trust In Giving Month.”

As part of the announcement, he also gifted Jasmyn Bulls and her five-year-old daughter Riley a brand new car. Ms. Bulls arrived at the station under the impression her cousin would be interviewed only to receive a brand new car in the garage from “Fly” and “Trust In Giving.” After hearing her story, Black Celebrity Giving identified Ms. Bulls and arranged this amazing moment.

Check out the full recap video of the car giveaway at V-103 with Fly and Jasmyn HERE.

Yesterday, TIG hosted a shelter donation at Solomon’s Temple. The foundation will supply full bedding, mattresses, towels, and more. This week also culminates with a special appearance by “Fly” and the TIG Housing Program at the Hyatt House Hotel where he will surprise a family with rent and groceries for an entire year on Thursday, October 4.

On “Fly’s” birthday, Friday October 18, TIG remodels the Teen Room at the YMCA in Atlanta, which will now be dedicated to him by the City Council as “The Fly Teen Room.” What’s more, a proclamation will be presented to Fly by Atlanta City councilwoman Marci Overstreet for his work in the community. These represent just a few of this month’s acts of kindness.

Check out the full schedule for “Trust In Giving Month” HERE.

About “Trust In Giving Month,” “Fly” commented, “October is a very special month for me, but I wanted to make it even more special by giving back every single day. We found the perfect partner to bring this to reality in Black Celebrity Giving. I’ve been blessed with so much. However, the ultimate blessing is for me to give back and uphold the community that gave my start. It’s an honor to do something that might change someone’s life, whether it be helping them keep a roof over their head or gifting them a car to get to work. Giving is transformative. I want to show people how one small act of kindness can make a major difference. You can trust in giving!”

Be on the lookout for news about “Trust In Giving Month” @trustingiving across all social media platforms as it gets underway now. Share your story with us by emailing info@trustingiving.com

Derez De’Shon To Headline 30-City “Beat The Odds” Tour

Platinum-certified and critically acclaimed Atlanta rapper Derez De’Shon will launch the “Beat The Odds”headline tour this fall. Tickets go on-sale this Friday, September 28 at 12pm local time. The tour kicks off October 30 in Oakland, CA, performs in major markets coast to coast, and comes to a close on December 9 in Jackson, MS. Special guests will be announced in the coming weeks. The full itinerary can be found below.The tour sets the stage for the release of Derez’s anxiously awaited upcoming new album for Commission Music/BMG. As the MC hits the road, he continues to make headlines and break through to the masses. He recently took home the coveted “Social Star Award” at the 2018 BMI Awards. Meanwhile, his breakthrough mixtape Pain has generated a staggering 500 million streams worldwide with the single “Hardaway” cracking Top 5 at Urban Radio, racking up 88 million YouTube views, and earning a platinum certification from RIAA. At the same time, “Fed Up” quickly closes in on gold status with 23 million YouTube views. What’s more, earlier this year Derez made his television debut with a pair of appearances on Wild N Out and BET Music Awards 106 & Park Special.In anticipation of his upcoming project, he just dropped the video for “Beat The Odds” [feat. YFN Lucci]. Over sweeping piano and a delicate beat, his hypnotic voice takes hold on the empowering hook, “I’m just trying to beat the odds.”Meanwhile, he serves up the catchy, confident, and confessional bars he’s become synonymous with during the verses.See Derez De’Shon beat the odds as he continues his climb to the top of the game.Coming out of poverty, standing down adversity, and moving like a champion in the face of it all, Derez De’Shon has steadily risen through the ranks to become one of Atlanta’s most inimitable talents. With an ironclad flow, raw bars, and vivid lyrical honesty, he transformed the 2018 mixtape Pain into a phenomenon with half-a-billion total streams and his first platinum plaque for“Hardaway.” Acclaimed by everyone from XXL to HotNewHipHop, he’s primed to leave a lasting imprint on hip-hop in 2018 and beyond.
TOUR DATES:10/30 Complex Oakland – Oakland, CA
10/31 Velvet Jones – Santa Barbara, CA
11/1 The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
11/2 Music Box – San Diego, CA
11/3 Pub Rock – Scottsdale, AZ
11/5 Cervantes Other Side – Denver, CO
11/7 The Loft – Minneapolis, MN
11/8 Reggies – Chicago, IL
11/9 Pop’s – St. Louis, MO
11/10 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
11/12 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
11/14 The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA
11/15 U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC
11/16 Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
11/18 SOBs – New York, NY
11/19 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
11/21 The Underground – Charlotte, NC
11/23 WorkPlay – Birmingham, AL
11/24 Centerstage – Atlanta, GA
11/27 Soul Kitchen – Mobile, AL
11/28 Truth Entertainment Complex – Jacksonville, FL
11/29 PLAY – Tallahassee, FL
11/30 Hangar – Miami, FL
12/1 Whiskey North – Tampa, FL
12/2 Guilt Nightclub – Orlando, FL
12/5 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
12/6 Come And Take It Live! – Austin, TX
12/7 Prophet Bar – Dallas, TX
12/8 The Howlin’ Wolf – New Orleans, LA
12/9 The Hideaway – Jackson, MS

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms hosts First Annual Mayor’s Brunch at A3C Conference

A3C is proud to announce theHonorable Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will participate in the firstMayor’s Brunch at the 2018 A3C Festival and Conference. This brunch, held on October 4th, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the Loudermilk Center Toyota Ballroom, will kick off the Women In Charge programming series presented by Toyota.

The brunch will feature an intimate one-on-one conversation between Mayor Bottoms and Atlanta native – Rembert Browne, one of America’s most respected culture writers. Their discussion will cover several topics including Mayor Bottoms’ journey from Frederick Douglass High School, the true culture of Atlanta and how to balance a growing city while making it open to all and retaining the essence of what it means to be “made in Atlanta.”

A3C’s Women In Charge event is intended to connect, inspire and educate women in the music industry through a series of events, panels, and sessions featuring some of hip-hop’s most influential and innovative women.

Women involved in this initiative include: Asya Shein (Fusicology, President), Dia Simms (Combs Enterprises, President), Dina Marto (Twelve Music & Studios, Owner & Founder), Ethiopia Habtemariam (Motown Records, President), Janee Bolden (BOSSIP, Managing Editor), Lola Plaku (Lola Media Group, CEO + Owner), Malita the Mogul (Mogul Mentality, Founder + CEO), Nicole Bilzerian (Interscope Geffen A&M, SVP Head of Urban Marketing), Nicole Wyskoarko (Interscope Geffen A&M, EVP Urban Operations), Phylicia Fant (Warner Bros Records, SVP Media + Special Projects), Uwonda Carter Scott (The Carter Law Firm, Attorney + Owner) and Whitney-Gayle Benta (Spotify, Head of Talent Relations).

“What an honor to host the first ever A3C Mayor’s Brunch with Mayor Bottoms. In just a short time in office Mayor Bottoms has been an extremely powerful voice for creatives and progressives. She is a product of Atlanta and now leads the city in a very pivotal time,” Mike Walbert (A3C Director/Partner) states. “Rembert Browne has been a champion for Atlanta and an important voice in black culture for many years. He is the perfect person to host an intimate conversation about the state and future of the city we love.”

This event is open to all A3C Festival & Conference wristband holders.

Wyclef Jean, Jermaine Dupri and Rodney Carmichael to be Honored at this Year’s ChooseATL “Welcome to ATL Reception” during A3C

A3C and ChooseATL will host the official Welcome to ATL Reception on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at theLoudermilk Center in Atlanta. The event will kick off the 14th year of A3C, the premier hip-hop music festival and conference.

The Welcome to ATL Reception is an annual event that invites executives, influencers and more to engage with the heart of hip-hop through food, music and cocktails while acknowledging some of hip-hop’s most influential personalities. The reception will honor three extraordinary individuals who have made significant social and cultural impact throughout the hip-hop community – Jermaine Dupri, Wyclef Jean and Rodney Carmichael.

So So Def founder and music icon Jermaine Dupri is celebrating the 25th year of the record label and will be receiving the Cultural Icon Award. This honor is awarded to a hip-hop figure who has made significant contributions to the zeitgeist of global culture. Dupri has transcended hip-hop to join the pantheon of icons that create the ideals and values that have shaped a generation.

Wyclef Jean is a legendary MC, producer and poet and will receive theSocial Impact Award. This honor is awarded to a person who has an undeniable connection to the hip-hop ecosystem and has demonstrated a tremendous social impact among the community through service, advocacy and economic contribution. With all of Jean’s efforts in Haiti and work in communities around the world, he is the definition of how to use one’s platform to impact the culture in a positive light.

Lastly, Atlanta native and NPR’s hip-hop staff writer Rodney Carmichaelwill receive the first annual Combat Jack Storyteller Award. This honor is awarded to a leading voice and champion for culture who is also a storyteller who has helped amplify important aspects of hip-hop. Reggie “Combat Jack” Osse was a pioneer in hip-hop podcasting. He was honest, genuine and cared deeply about the culture he represented. He was a fixture in the hip-hop community and beloved by everyone he met. He was also a staple at A3C Festival & Conference for nearly a decade and will be missed dearly by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

“The Welcome Reception with ChooseATL is one of our favorite events of the year. It’s a chance for us to recognize some of the people that inspire us to do what we do. It’s a wonderful night in Atlanta for hip-hop culture, and we’re proud to be a part of it,” states A3C Partner/Director Mike Walbert. This event is the first among a variety of panels, workshops, live shows and more that the A3C Festival will bring to Atlanta in October.

About A3C Festival & Conference
A3C educates and empowers the artists, entrepreneurs and creatives that shape hip-hop culture. Founded in 2005, the A3C Festival & Conference has grown from a local showcase to become one of the most important hip-hop events of the year, which is commonly referred to as “Hip-Hop’s Family Reunion.” The three-day A3C Conference hosts dozens of panels, workshops, mixers and mentor sessions with hundreds of thought leaders and industry experts. The two-day A3C Festival is the breeding ground for the next generation of stars while honoring the legends and trailblazers of hip-hop. The five days of shows and events highlight different aspects of hip-hop culture and showcase hundreds of artists, producers and DJs from around the world. All three coasts gather annually in Atlanta to connect, create and build together.

Learn more about A3C Festival at www.A3Chiphop.com.

About ChooseATL
ChooseATL is a public-facing initiative to attract emerging talent needed to maintain Atlanta’s position as a top-tier globally competitive metro. ChooseATL showcases Atlanta as a leading world destination and celebrates its unique community, inclusive culture, and expanding business opportunities across all industries.

Learn more about ChooseATL at www.ChooseATL.com.

Janet Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan, Karrueche Tran and Many More Celebrate the 13th Annual LudaDay Weekend in Atlanta

Rapper, actor and philanthropist – Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, celebrated another star-studded LudaDay Weekend in Atlanta this past holiday weekend. Guests from all over America came out to support this series of charitable events hosted by some of the top entertainers, actors, influencers and athletes in the industry.

Thursday was the official kick-off of the LudaDay Weekend festivities with the annual BMI Awards honoring mega-star– Janet Jackson. This award show presented Miss Jackson with the ‘Icon Award’ and featured a montage tribute to the superstar with performances by a youth dance group, Teyana Taylor, Jussie Smollet, Normani, H.E.R., Justine Skye along with opening remarks by Ciara and closing accolades from Missy Misdemeanor Elliot.

Friday morning the Ludacris Foundation hosted the Grass is Greener Golf Tournament in the prestigious Crystal Lake Golf and Country Club in Hampton, GA. Following the golfing event, VIP guests gathered at Atlanta’s premier private membership club, The Gathering Spot, for the first ever LudaDay Spades Tournament and Game Night hosted by Woody McClain of BET’s The Bobby Brown Story. Twenty-eight teams faced off for an intense spades tournament, playing for a cash prize of $1500.00 and bragging rights. In the end BJ & Rock’s team took home the victory and title as the first LudaDay Weekend Spades Champions.

Over 16,000 people assembled on Saturday to attend the Ludacris Foundation’s yearly LudaFam Day block party outside of the Mercedes Benz Stadium. Several artists hit the two stages including – Ludacris, Flaujae, Ar’mon and Trey, Bre-Z, Molly Brazy, Brie and many more, as well as a surprise appearance by the Democratic candidate in Georgia’s Governor election, Stacey Abrams. Tristan “Mack” Wilds and Power star, Michael Rainey Jr., also made guest appearances pumping up the crowd on stage and even doing the Shiggy Challenge dancing to Drake’s hit song, In My Feelings.

Closing out the weekend Ludacris hosted his highly acclaimed celebrity basketball game at Morehouse’s Forbes Arena. This year Team Hip-Hop coached by Ludacris and 21 Savage went head to head with Team Hollywood coached by Jamie Foxx and Rotimi. NBA stars such as John Wall, Lou Williams, Lance Stephenson, Jaylen Brown and more teamed up with entertainers such as Tank, Key Glock, Malaysia Pargo, Michael Rainey Jr. for an extreme battle on the court that led to a double overtime victory by Jamie Foxx’s Team Hollywood. Following the basketball game, Ludacris’ special invited VIP’s and sponsors wind down at the LudaDay TopGolf Takeover at Atlanta’s Midtown TopGolf location.

“Giving back is good for the soul. So thankful to all of my friends who supported our 13th LudaDay Weekend and giving back to the great city of Atlanta.”_

Special guests in attendance included: Jamie Foxx, Janet Jackson, Missy Elliott, Kofi Siriboe, Rotimi, Evander Holyfield, Woody McClain, Terrence J., Tristan Mack Wilds, John Wall, Lou Williams, Luke James, Ro James, Tyler Lepley, Donovan Carter, Fabolous, Teen Taylor, 50 Cent, Michael Rainey Jr., Lance Gross, Nisha Butler, Michael B Jordan, Karrueche Tran, 21 Savage, Nick Grant, Quinn Cook, Lorenzo Brown, Ar’mon and Trey, Kenny Burns, Malaysia Pargo, Lance Stephenson, Tank, Emmanuel Hudson, Ty Young, Big Tigger, Ciara, Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson, Josh Powell, Big K.R.I.T., Keri Hilson, Kosine, Reginae Carter, Zonnique, Mimi Faust, Yung Dolph, Key Glock, LeToya Luckett, Keith Powers, Ryan Destiney, Rocko, B. Simone, Lil Scrappy, Bambi, Sheree Whitfield, Emmanuel Hudson, Lisa Wu and many more.

Ludacris and the Ludacris Foundation would like to thank the sponsors: Mercedes Benz – Corporate, Mercedes Benz of Buckhead, Macy’s, Energy Fitness, Planet Fitness, Fulton County, Morehouse School of Medicine, The PGA Tour, The Atlanta Falcons, WellCare, Fox Rothschild, CAA, BMI, Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment, BET, Dutch Masters, Jordan Brand, ATLSkypointe, Zaxby’s (John Silvey, Franchisee), Defiance Fuel, CORE Hydration, The Gathering Spot, Bloomers Frose, Martell, Uncle Nearest, Macallan and Deep Eddy Vodka. Fresh Empire also poweredLudaFamDay and the Celebrity Basketball Game.

Photo Credit: Donna Permell/Prime Phocus, Briana Crudup/@ImThatPhotoChick/Hip-Hop Weekly/Freddy-O, DG Shooters, Kontrol Magazine and Urban Scope