Al Sharpton & Russell Simmons Demand Action After Alleged Tony Yayo Attack
Cynthia Reed, the mother of James Rosemond, will also be in attendance in addition to community leaders, parents, students and religious leaders. The demonstrations will be begin with a press conference.
"We are involved to try to help mediate this problem," HSAN President/CEO Dr. Benjamin Chavis said in a statement. "In truth, every child in our community is precious. The theme of the Hip-Hop Summit is taking back responsibility. With artistic freedom comes responsibility. Therefore anytime a child in our community is harmed it is of great concern to us. We are hoping and praying that this matter can be resolved peacefully and resolutely. At the end of the day the interest of our children will be better served."
Yayo (born Marvin Bernard) allegedly accosted the youth for sporting a Czar Entertainment t-shirt as he was heading to his father's offices to intern. Initial reports claimed that 50 Cent was present at the time of the incident. Meanwhile, Fif's lawyers asserted that the superstar wasn't in New York state at the time of the incident. Yayo was arrested and charged for harassment as well as endangering the welfare of a child. He was later released on $5,000 bail.
The press conference is slated to take place on April 2 in Manhattan, NY. At press time the location has not yet been determined.