From Jay Z to Eminem, from Naz to Erykah-Badu, from Beyonce to P. Diddy and Master P, from Snoop Dog to Busta Rhymes, from Will Smith to Kanye West, from Common to Ludacris, from Dougie Fresh two Foxy Brown, from Jim Jones to Julez Santana, from Chris Brown to Fat Joe, from Tego Calderon to Don Omar and from Missy Elliot to TI, along with more than three hundred other artists all of whom gave of their time, energy, money and support to helping HSAN make a positive difference.
Whether is was “Get Your Vote Right” to “Get Your Money Right” to “Get Your House Right,” or successfully challenging the repressive Rockefeller Drug Laws or rallying to restore three hundred million dollars to the NYC public school budget, the hip-hop community always rose to the agenda with direct action and support.
But the best way to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Hip-Hop Summit Network is to continue to raise more awareness and involvement of young people in every state in the U.S. and in every nation in the global community to demand more “progressive” change. There are strong winds of repression now blowing from those who want to deny the future advance of humanity.
2012 is fast approaching in the United States and the Tea Party is gearing up to take America backward. HSAN along with the Hip-Hop Caucus and other organizations will have to mobilize once again. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Republican National Committee (RNC) should both be challenged to ensure a large youth voter turnout in 2012. If we have learned anything during the past ten years, it is that all of us should be willing to give more and do more to insure freedom, justice, equality and empowerment for all.
--Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. is Senior Advisor to the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) and President of Education Online Services Corporation. Dr. Chavis is also the co-founder of the Hip-Hop Action Network Summit.