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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 31, 2005

Russell Simmons’ summit pushes for financial empowerment

The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network’s “Get Your Money Right” tour comes to Bartle Hall Sept. 9, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. with its message of financial empowerment for 18 to 35-year-olds.

Russell Simmons, a leader in the music and fashion industries and the chairman of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, is scheduled to attend the Kansas City summit.

The summit’s agenda will include topics focusing on financial literacy, basic banking, repairing and understanding credit scores, asset and wealth management, auto financing, home ownership and entrepreneurship.

The mission of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network is to harness the cultural relevance of hip-hop music and have it serve as a catalyst for education advocacy and other social concerns fundamental to the well-being of at-risk youth in the United States. The summits’ initiatives are aimed at engaging the hip-hop generation in community development issues related to equal access to high quality public education, literacy, freedom of speech, voter education, economic advancement, and youth leadership development.

The national sponsor of the event is Chrysler Financial. Partners of the local event are the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network; City of Kansas City, Mo.; Full Employment Council; Kansas City Mo., Convention and Entertainment Centers Department; Carter Broadcasting; Meet Me in the Middle; Urban League of Kansas City; and Urban Motion.

To purchase tickets online, visit www.hsan.org. Tickets may also be obtained at the Youth Advocacy Office, 22nd floor, City Hall, 414 E. 12th St.; and at the Full Employment Council, 1720 Paseo Blvd.

For more information, call Kirk Proctor, Full Employment Council, (816) 471-2330; or Thalia Cherry, Youth Advocacy Office, (816) 513-1378.

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