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Hip Hop fans take note: the Atlanta Hip Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment takes place on October 17.

Founded in 2001, the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) is dedicated to harnessing the cultural relevance of Hip-Hop music to serve as a catalyst for education advocacy and other societal concerns fundamental to the empowerment of youth. The Summit will feature appearances from HSAN chairman Russell Simmons, as well as Ludacris and a host movers and shakers from the world of Hip Hop.

Leaders from the field will gather to talk about a range of issues facing young people today, including money management and wealth building, maintaining good credit, credit card and debt management, home ownership, and vehicle financing.

The event follows the VH1 Hip Hop Honors that were held on October 1. As part of that event – which celebrated Hip Hop luminaries who broke new ground and pioneered the genre of Hip Hop into a true cultural phenomenon – the Lisa Lopes Foundation announced a special initiative to raise funds for their organization: VH1 has released the “Last Days of Left Eye” for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds from each dvd will go towards the efforts of the Foundation.

The Lisa Lopes Foundation (LLF) was developed in 2003 by Lisa’s mother, Wanda Lopes-Colemon, brother Ronald Lopes and family friend Anashay Murphy. The Foundation was inspired by Lisa’s dream of building a children’s home on some land she purchased in Honduras. Shortly after revealing her plans to her family, Lisa – known as “Left Eye” and a member of girl group TLC – was killed in a car accident in Honduras. The family established the Lisa Lopes Foundation to bring her dream to fruition. Four years later they opened Lisa’s Hogar De Amor (Home of Love), a 10,000 sq. ft. orphanage. The LLF also provides teen programs in Georgia.

More information about the Atlanta Hip Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment can be found at the event’s website.

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