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J Dilla Foundation announces official 'Launch Party and Benefit'

The J Dilla Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity, announces the anticipated celebration of the re-established organization’s first event and fundraiser June 12, 2010  8 p.m. at the G.R. N’Namdi Gallery (52 E. Forest) a contemporary art gallery in the newly revitalized Midtown Detroit. The event will be hosted by Detroit’s soulful crooner recording artist Dwele and BET’s Comicview and P.Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy comedian “The Great Dr. Bobo Lamb.” The evening will also have a special a performance by recording artist Illa J and presentations will be made to The J Dilla Foundation’s first grant recipients.


All Proceeds from the benefit will go directly to The J Dilla Foundation. Guests will also be invited to visit the ‘Donation Station’ where additional donations can be made to The J Dilla Foundation, and donors will receive an instant tax deductable receipt. The event will also be available for viewing online where the Foundation will hold a virtual fundraiser and have exclusive merchandise for purchase. Purchases made during the event, including online, will be personally autographed by Maureen “MaDukes” Yancey.

“We are so excited about this event,” Chairwoman Yancey states, “This is the first event for us, by us, and I’m really looking forward to it being a great success, I’m mostly looking forward to making our first grant presentations and getting our programs kicked off.” The Foundation’s fundraising effort is anticipated to bring approximately $10,000+ of donated funds, of which will be distributed throughout the organizations programs that support local youth music organizations, and to provide scholarships to musically gifted students. “This will be the first of many events, we hope to be leaders in the efforts to enhance and develop arts programs in urban communities across the nation” says Yancey.


About The J Dilla Foundation:
The J Dilla Foundation, whose mission is to help fund inner-city music programs, and provide scholarships to students attending schools that have progressive music curricula, was co-founded by Maureen “MaDukes” Yancey, mother of acclaimed producer James “Jay Dee aka J Dilla” Yancey. J Dilla was a Grammy award winning record producer and artist who emerged from the mid-1990s underground hip-hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. According to NPR.org, he was one of the music industry’s most influential hip-hop artists, working for big-name acts such as Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, Common and Janet Jackson. J Dilla passed away in 2006 after suffering with Lupus and the rare blood disease TTP. The Foundation was established in his name to carry on his legacy by giving youth the gift of music.


To learn more about The J Dilla Foundation, please visit the web site at http://www.JDillaFoundation.org

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