Woodruff Art Center here in Atlanta was the place to be Saturday night for the first ever Live and Die for Hip Hop Black Out Gala. The event was presented by Philanthropist Leigh Wise. It was hosted by The Three Brown Girls ( Eboni Elektra, Kim Porter, & Nicole Johnson), Ed Lover, and holding down the young hip hop scene, Young Money's Reginae Carter. Atlanta's Who's Who came out to celebrate and honor the memory of the late Chris Kelly formerly of Kriss Kross.
The event raised scholarship funds and donations for programs that assist youth in the arts as well as rehabilitation programs. Kelly's Alma mater, The Atlanta Institute of Music and Media will be a recipient of the proceeds raised. DJ Nabs kept the house rocking while celebs, friends, and family members in the close knit Atlanta music scene hung out and enjoyed the night.
The event also honored the contribution of others in the hip hop community like, Kawan Prather and Rico Wade. Tameka Tiny Harris revealed a cute little secret while presenting Kawan with his award. She credits him with introducing her to her husband T.I.
There were many familiar faces at the event. Atlanta's own Bone Crusher performed, Rapper Rasheeda, Toya Wright, Shanti Das, Choreographer Victor Jackson, OMG Girlz' Star (the cutest picture of her and her mom Tiny is below!), Ex Real Housewives of Atlanta Sheree Whitfield, and many others attended the packed out event. It was great to see all of them come together for such a positive and fun moment. Congrats to all of the people honored, and may we always remember the contribution of Kriss Kross to hip hop!