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7/22/2005

 
First annual Urban IMPACT Summit to address urban empowerment & revitalization in the African-American community

Cheryl 'Salt' James, Formerly of the Grammy-Award Winning Rap Group 'Salt-N-Pepa', Gospel Singing Sensations Candi Staton and The Hawkins Family as well as Syndicated Columnist Flo Anthony Among Celebrities Participating in Series of Events Expected to Draw 5,000 to Foxwoods Resort Casino

First annual Urban IMPACT Summit to address urban empowerment & revitalization in the African-American community

Susan Bysiewicz, Connecticut Secretary of the State, Connecticut State Representative Clemons as well as Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy and Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi among state political leaders to attend

MASHANTUCKET, Conn., July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The first annual Urban IMPACT Summit featuring Dr. Bobby Jones will convene August 7-10, 2005 at the world's largest casino -- Foxwoods Casino Resort at the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation reservation in Connecticut. The Summit will bridge the worlds of Hip Hop and Gospel Music, bringing together political leaders, professional athletes, religious scholars, musicians, artists, writers, publishers, and all other professionals within the African-American Community to learn more about and from each other. Keynote panel discussions to address urban issues, gospel, money & finance and a hip hop summit.

Celebrities confirmed to attend include Cheryl "Salt" James, formerly of the Grammy award-winning rap group "Salt-n-Pepa", the Reverends Lennox Yearwood and Floyd Flake, Olympic Silver Medalist Annia Hacth and others for this historic meeting about how the Hip Hop and gospel music professionals can work together to educate artists, songwriters and entrepreneurs on the business side of show business.

"We are proud to bring this conference to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Reservation," said Dr. Jones. "When I visited earlier this year and toured the museum, I was struck by the awesomeness of what this tribe has accomplished. I wanted to share that culture with my audience."

"We are pleased to have the Urban IMPACT Summit here at Foxwoods," says Michael J. Thomas, Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation at Foxwoods. "We host a variety of culturally diverse events, so it is great to have such a unique and positive occasion take place at Foxwoods."

This unique forum will provide not just music but panels on health, finance, and other related topics. "In the beginning of our struggle here in America, the Black Church was a focal part of the community," says Dr. Jones. "We want to put unity back into the community. But we must first have open dialogue." Jones is scheduled to tape his Word Network TV show "Let Talk Church," which deals with urban issues, at the summit.

Urban IMPACT Summit was developed from a conversation between Dr. Bobby Jones and entertainment attorney James L. Walker, Jr. With the theme of "embrace, educate and empower," they see the summit as an opportunity to bridge the gap between the gospel and Hip Hop communities. "I have worked in both genres of music," says Walker. "I grew up fighting racial injustice and poverty. I just want to give back and prepare the next generation for greater works."

Aside from the TV taping, other events will include gospel hit-maker James Hall recording a new live CD at the resort, a Hip Hop concert at B.B. King's Club in Foxwoods and a black tie Legends dinner honoring gospel stars such as the Hawkins Family, Candi Staton, Daryl Coley and Twinkie Clark.

With a $700 million expansion recently announced, that includes a new 5,000 seat multi-purpose theatre; Foxwoods continues to be the ultimate entertainment destination on the East Coast. Foxwoods has hosted more Grammy Award winners than any other venue in New England, many of which had their first casino debut in the Fox Theatre.

For more information, log-on http://www.urbanimpactsummit.com/

Source: Foxwoods Resort Casino

CONTACT: Sandra Rios, of Foxwoods Resort Casino, +1-860-312-4072; Rob
Zimmerman, or Charlie Dougiello, or Josh Cramer-Montes, all of Dan Klores
Communications, +1-212-685-4300

Web site: http://www.urbanimpactsummit.com/




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