2009, January 5: ESPN Studio Analyst Jalen Rose to Emcee the 2009 American Music Inaugural Ball
January 21, 2009
To date, the exclusive Rock The Ball For Barack participant list reads like an exciting “who’s who” of NBA greats past and present: Carmelo Anthony, Gilbert Arenas, Chauncey Billups, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Shawn Marion, Dwayne Wade and Jalen Rose…with many more soon to be announced.
Joining Rose on stage at the AMIB will be sports and entertainment celebrities including former NBA star Alonzo Mourning, Washington Redskins Jason Taylor (who will emcee the NFL segment), and actor/philanthropist Isaiah Washington.
On that same evening, the first-ever two ball inauguration celebration will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington D.C. AMIB, comprised of a “Legends Ball” and an “Urban Ball,” is expected to draw 4,000 guests, including a diverse roster of celebrities, sports stars and VIPs. BlackVoices.com, the No. 1 online destination for African-American news, culture and community according to November 2008 comScore Media Metrix data , will serve as the exclusive Official Internet Partner for The American Music Inaugural Ball.
“The inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States marks the exciting and hopeful beginning of the next chapter in American history,” says Rose, the owner of Three Tier Entertainment, a Los Angeles and New York based multimedia company, run by industry veteran Adel Nur. “Some of the biggest legends and stars in music are going to be in the nation’s Capital to ‘Rock with Barack” all night!”
Multiple GRAMMY® Award winner and music icon Dionne Warwick, chair of AMIB, said “Jalen is the perfect choice to put together Rock the Ball for Barack for us. I know it’s going to be a highlight of the evening and I am grateful to him for helping me make it happen.”
Warwick will host the “Legends Ball” with co-host and gospel star Yolanda Adams with appearances by The Temptations (Dennis Edwards), Chaka Khan, George Clinton, Marvin Sapp, Peter, Paul & Mary, Nancy Wilson, Chuck Jackson, Harold Melvin’s Blue Note, Kirk Franklin, Taraji Henson, the H.B. Barnum Orchestra, the Caravans, Smokie Norful and Tito Puente, Jr.
Three-time GRAMMY® Award winning rapper and actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges will chair and host the “Urban Ball,” which begins simultaneously with the Legends Ball. Big Boi of Outkast will co-host this ball featuring T-Pain, David Banner, Athena Cage, Cedric The Entertainer, The Cheetah Girls, Fantasia, Monica, Bella Steez, Latin American Idol winner Carlos Pena, Goapele and Bobby Valentino.
“Those who have been selected to sign the basketball and to perform embody the message of unity and hope that President-elect Obama represents” says Rose “This is a very exciting way of showing our appreciation and support and we’re all excited to be playing a part in this historic occasion at The American Music Inaugural Ball.”