Rap superstar Nelly has urged youngsters in his home town of St. Louis,
Missouri to vote in the November (04) presidential elections at a HIP-HOP
SUMMIT on Friday (20AUG04).
The DILEMMA hitmaker joined fellow celebrities including Jadakiss and
Russell Simmons at the city's convention centre to encourage the 5,000
attendees to a more active interest in politics.
Simmons told reporters, "This is serious business. These people sit here
for three hours and learn.
"Honestly, what hip hop is about is poor people. It's inspiring all
different kinds of poor people - black, white... They can be part of a voting
bloc that is more compassionate."
At the centre volunteers spent hours registering people to vote and showed
them how to using the polling cards. Another scheme is to text, email and page
people to remind them to vote on 2 November (04).