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BET's VJ "Free" Joins Hip-Hop Summit Action Network
Former host of Black Entertainment Television's top 10 countdown program is now a co-moderator of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network.
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2/14/2007 11:00:42 AM

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Free, hip-hop television personality and philanthropist, joins the 2007 "Get Your Money Right" financial empowerment national tour as co-moderator. The former co-host of Black Entertainment Television's (BET) highly popular, award-winning "106 & Park" daily hip-hop program is joining forces with the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network to motivate and encourage young people to become financially literate. Joining moderator Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Co-Chairman of HSAN, Free will help to lead the panel discussion at each Hip-Hop Summit this year.
"I am extremely excited and honored to be a part of this year's HSAN movement," declared Free.  "I applaud Russell Simmons, Dr. Benjamin Chavis and HSAN for historically and consistently focusing their energies on the pulse of our social issues. I know what some of you are thinking...' What exactly is financial literacy? How and where do you get it?' More important, 'How do you keep it?' Well, in our communities across the nation, the misunderstanding of what exactly Financial Empowerment can and should mean, continues. We shall set out to inform our audiences (YOU) at these Summits about becoming 'financially literate' and remaining 'financially sound'. P.S. Real Talk y'all...I'm coming to learn, too, so let's get empowered TOGETHER!  See you there!"
Including Russell Simmons, Co-Chairman of HSAN, the Hip-Hop Summits will be comprised of hip-hop artists and executives, as well as financial experts from title sponsor and partner, Chrysler Financial. The presenting sponsor of the tour is Anheuser-Busch.  The 2007 tour will make seven stops including Houston, Texas.,  March 3; Detroit, Mich., April 14; Toronto, Ontario., August; Greensboro, N.C., September 8; Washington, D.C., September 29; Miami, Fla., October 20 and Atlanta, Ga., November 3.
The "Get Your Money Right" agenda features an interactive panel discussion on financial literacy, including such topics as the basics of banking, repairing and understanding credit scores, asset and wealth management, vehicle financing and home ownership. The tour will utilize the "Get Your Money Right" workbook, produced and distributed by HSAN in both English and Spanish. The workbook is free and is also downloadable at

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