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7/16/2004 8:21:49 AM

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If your going to be in Philly this weekend or feel like taking a road trip; here is a show ya def don't want to miss. It is for a great cause to. So if your in the area check it out.

Peace-themed entertainment events often don't live up to the hype of promoting peace or providing a solid show. That's set to change with this weekend's Party 4 Peace.

Certainly the entertainment's on deck: Tonight's Legends of Hip-Hop Tour at the Dell East will feature Chuck D. & Public Enemy, Big Daddy Kane, Kool Moe Dee and more.

But Charlie Mack, longtime assistant to actor and Philly native Will Smith, believes the first priority is bringing a message of peace to area youth.

Mack is among those organizing the weekend-long event, sponsored by the Will and Jada Smith Foundation to benefit the local anti-violence group Mothers In Charge.

"This whole weekend will bring about a different mind-set for these kids," said Mack, 38. "I utilized these celebrities as magnets, because...[kids] will listen to them talk 24 hours a day."

But Mack is a realist, and he knows that it'll take a lot to reach some kids. "I was born and raised in Philly, and I've taken a lot from the community, so I should give back. God spared my life for a reason, and that's to make contributions to society."

In a good blend of entertainment and community activism, this weekend's events include, along with the Legends of Hip-Hop, a Picnic for Peace in Fairmount Park and a "Style" gala and benefit. Plus, on Sunday, there's a Celebrity Basketball Game.

"We have to go back and extend ourselves...the majority of [inner-city] youth are struggling, and it is that serious," Mack said. "These kids don't appreciate their lives, and we walk around like it's all right."

Pardon Mack for being so serious, but as a man who has children living in our city and as a Philadelphian who has seen sections of his beloved hometown deteriorate, Mack has no time for apathy.

"This is a serious problem for me...we walk around like the living dead, and it's painful for me," Mack said. "I care."

Mack promised a safe but relaxed atmosphere at Party 4 Peace weekend events.

"There will be no huge security display...people will be able to embrace the celebrities," Mack said. "People should come out and support, support, support, and take a stand in this fight.

"This is universal. It's not a Philly thing, not my thing, but our thing. It's time to do the work."

Party 4 Peace Schedule

Here are some highlights of the weekend. For more details, go to www.CharlieMackCelebrity

Weekend.com. Purchase tickets at www.TicketMaster.com or 215-336-2000.

• Legends of Hip Hop Tour, featuring Chuck D. & Public Enemy, Big Daddy Kane, Kool Moe Dee, Chubb Rock and rapper/actress MC Lyte, 7 tonight, Electric Factory, 8th and Callowhill streets, $30.

• Nike Basketball Clinic, 8 a.m.-noon, tomorrow, F. J. Myers Recreation Center, 58th Street and Kingsessing Avenue, free. NBA players are scheduled to attend.

• Charlie Mack Celebrity Cookout, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow, Memorial Hall, 43rd Street and Parkside Avenue, free.

• Charlie Mack Style Gala, 8 p.m.-3 a.m. tomorrow, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce streets.

There also will be an awards ceremony honoring Philly Sound music pioneer Kenny Gamble, recording artist Musiq and Def Jam Records marketing exec Amber Noble. $50.

• Charlie Mack 8th Annual Celebrity Basketball Game, 6 p.m. Sunday, Temple University's McGonigle Hall, Broad Street and Montgomery Avenue. $20.

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