Londell McMillan, Tyson Beckford, Vince Carter, LL Cool J, Lil Kim, Rocsi and Spike Lee via Terrence Jennings
As anticipation swells with the election countdown in full force, Russell Simmons and Spike Lee joined together with Source Magazine and the Hip Hop Summit Action Network to host their I Am C.H.A.N.G.E. event as a final effort to energize the youth vote in the hope of making history come Nov. 4. The event called on celebs, including Bow Wow, Fabolous, Lil Kim, LL Cool J, Tyson Beckford, and Ice T, to encourage their audiences and communities to get out the vote.
"Massive voter turnout [is on my mind]. Massive youth voter turnout. Massive hip-hop voter turnout. That's why we're here tonight," Hip Hop Summit President Dr. Ben Chavis tells CGG. "Every place that we're going, we're turning out massive numbers of young people to vote. We're going to make sure that every voter is going to get to the polls, and that there is no voter suppression.. I think we still may have the largest youth voter turnout in American history."
Although it seemed like everyone was out for Obama, we asked Ice T if he had any Republican friends. "Republicans are kinda in the cut, aren't they? You don't see many Republicans out around here, they're kinda hiding. They're scared of the Democrats, they're kinda on the DL. But they're complaining about the tax thing, and I mean we're in a high tax bracket, I'm on TV. But
I don't mind paying any taxes that are going to help the world. I can afford to pay a few more dollars, and I hate paying taxes!"
And did anybody have a backup plan? We asked Bow Wow, who has just wrapped a 15-city tour to encourage voter turnout, what he would do if Barack Obama doesn't win the election: "I'm moving to Europe!"
Kevin Liles, EVP of Warner Music Group, says "If Obama doesn't win? We're going to get them next time. Him not winning is not even a thought to me. We're here to win."
Do you have a backup plan if your candidate of choice doesn't win? Let us know! And if you haven't made up your mind yet, check out our candidate wrap-up before you cast your vote on Tuesday.