HBO's Big G from "The Wire" to host Pink Peace: A City Wide Youth Talent Show "Stop The Violence"

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Washington, DC students grades 7-12 will showcase their talent for cash prizes in a fund raiser to rally in support of stopping the violence in Washington, DC

The Ivy Foundation and Xi Zeta Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. present a community event for Washington D.C. (D.C.) area students---PINK PEACE: A STOP THE VIOLENCE TALENT SHOW. The event will take place Saturday, April 29, 2006 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at McKinley Technology High School located between 2nd and T Streets, Northeast. At the request of local area youth “Big G” of HBO’s hit series “The Wire” and popular go-go group The Backyard Band, welcomed the opportunity to serve as the celebrity emcee for this event. Along with talent show performers, other surprise guests will be on hand to provide entertainment. Washington Wizards basketball tickets, signed sports paraphernalia and more will be part of the event’s give-a-way and raffle items.

Pink Peace will galvanize students, teachers, parents, administrators, community leaders and community organizations to demand peace in our schools and throughout the city. D.C. students, grades 7-12, will showcase their talents in music, dance, song and rap. Pink Peace was created at the request of D.C. youth who are fed up with violent acts against them in their city and on their school campuses. D.C. students want more and demand more. Therefore, this event is designed to encourage unity among students with a “stop the violence” message.

The top three winners receive cash awards:1st Place $1,000; 2nd place $500; and 3rd place $250. Pink Peace judges represent some of the area’s most seasoned media and arts industry professionals from Black Entertainment Television (BET), Dance Place, and Howard University School of Music.

Auditions will be held on February 11, 2006 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Washington Middle School for Girls, THEARC Campus 1901 Mississippi Avenue, Southeast.

Pink Peace will benefit the scholarship programs of the Washington, D.C. based Ivy Foundation, which gives over $10,000 to college bound D.C. students every year.

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