Contact: Vonetta Hinton
Phone: (678) 791-2151 (cell)
September 21st, 2018
(Atlanta, GA) — Hip-Hop is a springboard, a sounding board, and an inspiration for some of America’s most innovative, creative grassroots initiatives. The Supreme MCs Rule Hip Hop Expression Program, a music education program that uses hip hop as a gateway to self-discovery and positive coping skills across the CSRA, has been selected out of hundreds of activists seeking to create real change. The organization is one of five hand-picked for the A3C Action Accelerator, an intensive boot camp in Atlanta. A3C Action supports artists, grassroots activists, and nonprofits with Hip-Hop and social progress at heart.
The one-on-one work with A3C Action participants culminates in a Pitch Night (October 5, 2018) at the Action Summit, where one organization is selected by a panel of judges in “Shark Tank” style to receive $10,000 in funding. The A3C Action Accelerator, co-developed and led by the Center for Civic Innovation, provides training embracing all aspects of growing and running a non-profit: management, sustainability, scalability, messaging and marketing.
A3C, dedicated to educating and empowering the artists and entrepreneurs that shape hip-hop culture, knows the importance of supporting creative non-profits working hard to make an impact in their communities.
The A3C Accelerator shines light on some of the most incredible grassroots ideas from around the country,” says Rohit Malhotra, Director of the Center for Civic Innovation. “Every year, we are inspired and humbled by the stories of people who, against many odds, are building programs for people in their community. It’s amazing to just be a part of their journey, and in a time like right now, their work is necessary to showcase.”
“I am very excited to become a finalist of A3C Accelerator. A3C Action is important to the culture, unifying social activists to change the world through Hip-Hop. To be able to receive training at the summit and participate in the A3C Action Pitch will be an unforgettable experience. To be acknowledged by A3C is an honor, and we are very excited for the future," says Selah Guru, Founder of Supreme MCs Rule Hip Hop Expression Program.
The public can engage with a passionate community, learn about creative ideas and discover new ways to create change at the Action Summit on October 4-5, 2018 at the Auburn Ave Research Library for African American Studies. Speakers include Talib Kweli, Killer Mike, Shanti Das, Trae the Truth, Dr. David Wall Rice, Representative Bruce Franks, Jr. and other prominent artists, activists, and academics to be announced.
“I think the Action Summit is what makes A3C stand out from the rest of music festivals and conferences,” notes Stic of Dead Prez, “and this aspect represents its investment and involvement in elevating the community consciousness in a real way.”
To learn more about Supreme MCs Rule Hip Hop Expression Program and its mission, visit www.suprememcsrule.com.