Hip-Hop Stars Seek To Rally Voters

Lloyd Banks, Jadakiss, Mase, Twista, Loon and the Ying Yang Twins will be on hand for the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network's first Boston event. Set for July 26 to coincide with the Democratic National C

Lloyd Banks, Jadakiss, Mase, Twista, Loon and the Ying Yang Twins will be on hand for the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network's first Boston event. Set for July 26 to coincide with the Democratic National Convention in the same city, the gathering will aggressively seek to register potential young voters to take part in this year's presidential election.

The Boston Hip-Hop Summit is coordinating its efforts in Boston with local organization Dunk the Vote, the NAACP and the Urban League and sponsors Anheuser-Busch and PlayStation 2. The latter will conduct the second PlayStation 2 Pulse poll to identify issues of importance to potential voters attending the event; the first was launched at the Ohio Hip-Hop Summit.

Through 23 events, the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network claims to have registered nearly 1 million new voters. For more information, visit the organization's Web site.

In related news, hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is launching Citizen Change, aimed at empowering Americans aged 18-30 to vote in the upcoming election.

"From here on, I'm asking questions and I want answers," Combs says. "As Citizen Combs, I've got one vote and I need to know which candidate represents me and my concerns. Part of the responsibility I'm taking on is to write up a job description for the candidates and make sure they do their job."

The non-partisan Citizen Change is pledging to participate in fundraising efforts, record public service announcements with the message "Vote or Die!," design t-shirts with the same slogan and work with street teams to engage young voters through grassroots organizing.