Russell Simmons, Dr. Benjamin Chavis and The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network announced today that Detroit native and multi-platinum hip-hop artist Eminem, will host the Detroit Hip-Hop Summit, Saturday, May 22nd from 12 noon to 4pm at the Fox Theater, located at 2211 Woodward Avenue in Detroit. Co-chairs of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network - Damon Dash, Sean "P Diddy" Combs and Kevin Liles - have all worked with Simmons and Chavis in helping to reach out to youth across America around HSAN's Youth Voter Registration and GOTV initiative, called Hip-Hop Team Vote, first launched one year ago at the Detroit Hip-Hop Summit '03. This coming weekend has been declared "Hip-Hop Weekend" in Detroit by Clear Channel Radio's FM98 WJLB and a capacity audience is expected in Detroit's historic Fox Theater.
Headlining the Detroit Summit with Eminem will be 50 Cent, The G Unit, D12, Obie Trice, the Ying Yang Twins, Reverend Run of Run-DMC, Doug E. Fresh and Layzie Bone of Bone, Thugs 'n' Harmony, among others.
"I know people been down on Eminem, but all I ever see is him giving back," emphasized HSAN Chairman, Russell Simmons. "They can talk about me, but Eminem is a giver and I'm proud to work with him."
Dr. Benjamin Chavis stated, "We're excited about returning to the city of Detroit and working again with Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who serves as a shining light of hope and leadership, not only for youth in Detroit, but for young people throughout America. We intend to celebrate the evolution of hip-hop throughout the state of Michigan, and to encourage the largest youth voter registration in the state's history."
The national corporate sponsors for the Detroit Hip-Hop Summit are Anheuser-Busch, Inc, Playstation2 and Pirelli. The radio sponsor is FM98 WJLB.