Antwan ‘Big Boi’ Patton of the legendary duo Outkast was honored for his good deeds this past Tuesday during Pepsico’s Champion the Dream event.
The event was held at Atlanta’s Park Tavern venue and Mayorial Candidate Kwanza Hall, presented Big with an award for making a difference with his Big Kidz Foundation, which celebrates it’s 10th year of giving this year.
Multi-media personality Rashan Ali played host to the event and there was also an inspirational panel discussion moderated by Atlanta radio personality Big Tigger, which featured several community leaders discussing how they all ‘Champion the Dream’.
“The arts have saved my life. I had a dream and I wanted to give back to kids.” said Big Boi, shortly before helping George Clinton lead the crowd in a rousing chorus of “We want the funk, gotta have that funk!”
In addtion to Clinton (the leader of legendary groups Parliament and Funkadelic) the event also honored three time Tony Award winner Hinton Battle, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
The “Champions of the Arts” Reception was held at the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s J.B. Fuqua Rooftop Pavilion and was attended by some of Atlanta’s most influential art supporters representing the entertainment, civic and business industries including: Olympic Gold Medalist & 2011 World Long Jump Champion Dwight Phillips; David Garfinkle, producer of “Spiderman” and “Ghost the Musical” on Broadway; fashion designers Rob V and Mychael Knight and radio personality Frank Ski.
LaTocha Scott (formerly of Xscape) performed for guests who dined on creations from Chef Sammy Davis, Jr. of the Food Network’s ‘Chopped’.
The Big Kidz Foundation partnered with Moving In The Spirit for the 2nd year to implement a innovative summer program entitled “Rhyme and Reason”.
Moving In The Spirit is an Atlanta based art non-profit organization that produces art based programs designed to bring young people in urban communities together. The kids who participated in the two-week program were taught effective presentations skills, self-confidence, as well as enhance their dance abilities.
Big Boi paid a special visit to the camp Thursday, August 5, 2010 and was honored with a special performance by the camp participants.
Antwan “Big Boi” Patton recently announced that his Big Kidz Foundation, an Atlanta youth organization aimed at “positively affecting literacy, mathematics, public speaking, and artistic inclination through use of humanities,” plans to open a new chapter in Savannah, Georgia.
It is my hope that the children in these undeserved communities officially become part of the national conversation that we have been left out of for years. The efforts within this program will not only stress education, but will stress exposure to culture.
Big visited Savannah High School last week while he was in the city filming a few new videos. He spoke with the students there and shared memories of his childhood:
I was born in Savannah and grew up here, I remember growing up and not knowing there were a lot of things for our youth and ever since then I’ve been speaking to them and I think that Big Kidz will get them prepared as well.”
I’m so proud of Twan! Always doing good in the hood!! Big Boi’s long-awaited solo album ‘Sir Luscious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty’ will be in stores on March 23.
For more information about Big Kidz Foundation, click here.