Big G from HBO's The Wire and Famed Go-Go Group Backyard Band to Host a DC City-Wide Youth Talent Show

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Metropolitan area students highlight their talents to increase the peace.

The Ivy Foundation and the Xi Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. are presenting “Pink Peace: A Stop the Violence Talent Show.” The community-wide event will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2006, from 5:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m. at McKinley Technology High School, located at 2nd and T Streets, Northeast, Washington, DC.

Students from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, in grades 7-12, will showcase their talents in music, dance, song, spoken word, and rap, while promoting peace. Winners of the 13 competing acts will receive cash awards ranging from $250 - $1,000.

"Pink Peace: A Stop the Violence Talent Show” is an important community event, because the young people involved want to be positive role models by empowering themselves to stop the violence in their neighborhoods and schools,” said Nikki DeJesus, Executive Director of the Ivy Foundation. “The talent show is also important because it is an opportunity for parents, relatives, community leaders, teachers and friends to support our youth as they demonstrate their unique talents and creative skills.”

“Pink Peace” will be hosted by “Big G” of HBO’s The Wire and DC’s own Backyard Band; Sheila Stewart, News Director and Shaqwana, On-Air personality both of 93.9 WKYS-FM.

“I know what our kids are going through out there and it can be tough," said Anwan Glover aka "Big G." The guest emcee of “Pink Peace” added, "I do all that I can to warn youth about violence and the need to live in peace, because their lives truly depend on it.”

The Honorary Chairs for this event include Susan Kidd, NBC4; Taylor Thomas, WHUR-FM, and the Honorary Vincent Orange, Councilmember Ward 5.    

"I commend the Ivy Foundation and the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for organizing an event that focuses on bringing more peace into our communities," said Ward 5 Councilmember Vincent Orange, Sr. "It's my honor to serve as an Honorary Chair of “Pink Peace” because thousands of people and organizations will come together

to highlight the importance of ending the senseless violence, while we showcase the positive talents of our youth."

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Other invited guests include the District of Columbia City Council and some special invited guests.

Partners of this event include: McKinley Technology High School*93.9 WKYS-FM* The Omicron Lambda Alpha Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. * Ben’s Chili Bowl*Black Entertainment Television (BET) * Peaceoholics * Councilman Vincent Orange and Ward 5 * Washington Sports and Entertainment * Newschannel 8 * Chevy Chase Bank * Bickerstaff Sports & Entertainment * Jair Lynch Consulting * WUSA-TV9 * DC Lottery & Charitable Games.

Admission is $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door, with limited ticket sales at the door. For tickets contact Tawana Tucker at 301-735-0567 or Jacqui Brower at (202) 744-3712.

“Pink Peace” will benefit the scholarship programs of the Washington, D.C. based Ivy Foundation, which gives more than $10,000 to college bound D.C. students every year. For more information, visit http://www.akaxzo.org.

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