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The HipHop Pioneer Award, to be renamed The Jack "The Rapper" Award

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February, 2006 -- The Atlanta HipHop Film Festival announced the renaming of the HipHop Pioneer Award to honor the legendary Jack The Rapper Gibson. We are honored to announce the renaming of our HipHop Pioneer Award to the Jack the Rapper Award. Mr. Jack Gibson has been very instrumental in the careers of some musical icons andallowing unsigned talent a voice to be heard among the masses with the historical Jack the Rapper Conventions." stated Shameka Gumbs, Founder. Awards Show Producer, Dee Dee Cocheta adds, "Without Jack "The Rapper" Gibson, Atlanta and the nation, for that matter, wouldnt know the essence of the element rap or what it means to the culture. Jack waspure in his form of rap and beyond just being the father of black radio, he is one of the godfathers to our HipHop world."

This years recipient of the newly named Jack The Rapper Award is Ice T. "Its an extreme pleasure to honor Ice T with our first Jack the Rapper Award. Ice T has proven the ability to be an exceptional actor as well as being one of HipHop legends, Gumbs shares. Ms. Jill Bell, Jack The Rapper Gibsons daughter states, My father would be proud to see Ice T be honored as the first Jack "The Rapper" Gibson HipHop PioneerAward recipient. Jack was friends with ICE T and knows Ice is morethan deserving of this award. This award will be presented April 30, 2006 during the 2nd Annual Atlanta HipHop Film Festival.

About Jack The Rapper Gibson
Jack The Rapper, known as one of the fathers of Black radio, started his career in the late 30s, creating a unique on-air announcing style, which incorporated rhymes in his daily chatter. By 1949, Gibson was chosen to lead Atlantas first national black radio station, WERD as Program Director. Gibson, also, established the National Association of Radio Announcers (NARA) and founded the first Black music trade magazine called Jack the Rapper Weekly. Additionally, Gibson was the first National Director of Promotions and Public Relations for Motown Records. Within modern day HipHop, Gibson continued discovering new talent allowing DJs and A&R reps access to new talent at his music convention Jack the Rapper. Started in the early 90s out of Atlanta, the Jack The Rapper Convention was considered the first music convention where aspiring HipHop artists could showcase their talent and possibly earn a record deal. The Jack The Rapper Convention earned national notoriety, thus, helping to stamp Atlanta as the new hot bed for the music scene.

About Ice T
Ice T, a HipHop artist, well known as the father of gangsta music, has spawned the careers of artists like N.W.A., Snoop Dogg, and The Geto Boys. He is the first known rapper who ever performed the notorious C-Walk dance in front of cameras in the early 80s. Ice T has recorded or has been featured in thirteen albums and soundtracks and produced six films. The film that changed his career and declared him a bona fide actor was New Jack City. Since New Jack City, Ice T has appeared or starred in over 60 films and television series.

About AHFF
HipHop has captured the fascination of young people from New York Citys South Bronx parks in the 70s to the bullet trains of Tokyo today. These youth can be seen and heard expressing themselves through the language, fashion and music that are HipHop culture. The Atlanta HipHop Film Festival is dedicated to creating an event that encompasses all these elements mentioned bonded by the common thread of social responsibility to ensure positive, beneficial messages are conveyed to HipHops invaluable on-screen audience.

The 2nd Annual Atlanta HipHop Film Festival takes place April 28-30, 2006. This year Honorees are: LAURYN HILL, LL COOL J, ICE T and F. GARY GRAY. For more info on the Atlanta HipHop Film Festival, visit www.AtlHipHopFilmFest.com

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