Monday, April 26, 2010

Ludacris, Gabrielle Union & Chaka Zulu Host a Charitable Evening of Cocktails and Private Shopping at Ralph Lauren Atlanta

Hip hop artist and actor Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, actress Gabrielle Union and Chaka Zulu host an evening of cocktails and private shopping at the Ralph Lauren Atlanta store, benefiting the Ludacris Foundation.
By BlackGivesBack Atlanta contributor Lisa Brathwaite
On Wednesday, April 21, 2010, rapper and actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, actress Gabrielle Union and manager Chaka Zulu hosted the fourth annual exclusive evening of cocktails and private shopping at the Ralph Lauren Atlanta store, to the delight of select socially conscious guests and shoppers. Fifteen percent of all sales from the evening benefited The Ludacris Foundation, whose use of music and arts to connect youth at all age levels has been making an impact in the community since 2001. Guests in attendance included actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, NFL player Warrick Dunn, actress Mari Morrow, producer Jazze Pha and Clark Atlanta University President Dr. Carlton E. Brown.

Ludacris expressed his appreciation for the guests coming out to support the event, noting that the must-have purchase item for the evening was the signature tie he and Chaka Zulu were distinguishingly wearing, with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity.

Helping young people achieve their dreams through the encouragement of “Principles of Success”—self-esteem, spirituality, communication, education, leadership, goal setting, physical activity and community service—the Ludacris Foundation is also recognized for responding to urgent needs in the community in fresh and creative ways. So what’s next for the organization? "I surprise myself. We’ll see what happens..." Ludacris playfully hinted.

Gabrielle Union shared about her experience with her own non-profit and the gratification she humbly receives in hosting events like the night’s, benefiting the youth and families served through the Ludacris Foundation. “It doesn’t cost a thing. For the most part it’s just time and hitting up our wealthy friends to write checks!” she teased. Having just kicked off the Bounty® brand’s "Make a Clean Difference" program the night before in Washington, DC with Russell Simmons and his Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation at a reception to celebrate National Volunteer Week, she was word in action.

The Ludacris Foundation maintains that community service means providing monetary support and donating time in our communities at large. Events like the private shopping night make delivering on this commitment possible. Recording artist Zen Q said of the evening, “The reality of it all is that we’ve just got to stick with each other. We work hard to get where we’ve got to be. So we’ve just got to support and show love to everybody. We’re all we’ve got.”

Clark Atlanta University President Dr. Carlton E. Brown and Mrs. T. LaVerne Ricks-Brown; Recording artist Zen Q and Chaka Zulu
For more information on the work of The Ludacris Foundation, visit

About BlackGivesBack ATLThis is the first post of BlackGivesBackATL from Atlanta contributor Lisa Brathwaite! Lisa will attend and highlight the many charity and community events in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Have an event coming up in Atlanta? Contact Lisa at lisa [at] blackgivesback [dot]com.
Photos: Wireimage & Lisa Brathwaite

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