On the heels of receiving BET’s highest honor —  the “I Am Hip Hop Lifetime Achievement Award,” at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards — the legendary MC Lyte, CEO/Founder of Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, and President, Lynn Richardson, will team up with BET Networks, Soul Train Holdings and Y.E.S. Productions to kick off the “Hip Hop Sisters Experience” with celebrity friends and supporters in Las Vegas during the Soul Train Music Awards weekend.

The foundation will announce, for the second year in a row, the “MC Lyte $100,000 First Wave Scholarship” winner during the red carpet preshow and will celebrate with the winners at a private, VIP reception at Planet Hollywood immediately following the Soul Train Awards 2013 on Friday, November 8th. Confirmed guests include: MC Lyte, Lil Mama, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Benet, Sheree Fletcher, April Daniels, MC Smooth, Sean Kingston, Kim Kimble and many more.

On Saturday, November 9th, MC Lyte, along with Sheree Fletcher from VH1’s “Hollywood Exe’s”, Lil Mama from VH1’s “The TLC Story”, Grammy Nominated Emcee Charli Baltimore, April Daniels from WE tv’s “Tamar and Vince” and other celebrity guests, will speak at the Women, Wealth and Relationships Panel presented by Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, BET Networks and Soul Train Holdings at the Orleans Arena. The events are sponsored by Cream of Nature and BMB Entertainment.

“I am excited to partner with BET Networks and Soul Train Holdings to present this year’s $100,000 scholarship and am looking forward to speaking to the women of Las Vegas at our Women, Wealth and Relationships Panel”, says MC Lyte. “Hip Hop Sisters Foundation has accomplished so much in the last year and to end 2013 partnering with such an iconic brand such as Soul Train is exactly the energy we need to continue to inspire women and girls all over the globe.” 

MC Lyte, along with Lynn Richardson, who is also a celebrity financial coach and COO of MC Lyte’s enterprise, Sunni Gyrl Inc, will host the Women, Wealth and Relationship panel to discuss women’s top three issues:  their partner, their pocket book and their purpose. “I am committed to creating programs that align with our foundation’s mission and goals and provide real tools to empower women and girls economically,” says Lynn Richardson

This funny, enlightening, and conversation-oriented Q&A format, educational panel will entertain audience members as the celebrities share their down-to-earth and sometimes off-the-cuff money and relationship stories. The panel is free to participants and will take place at the Orleans Arena Saturday November 9th from 2pm to 4pm. Guests can register for this stimulating panel at

About MC Lyte
MC Lyte is the immediate past president of the LA Chapter of the Recording Academy (Grammys), the voice of the BET Awards Shows, mentor, speaker and actress with over 20 years in the entertainment business.

About Hip Hop Sisters
Hip Hop Sisters is a non-profit foundation that promotes positive images of women of ethnic diversity, bringing together leaders from the world of Hip Hop, the entertainment industry, and the corporate world, providing national and international support to women and youth around the globe on the topics of cultural issues, financial empowerment, health and wellness, mentorship and educational opportunities. For more information please visit

About First Wave
The First Wave Spoken Word and Hip Hop Arts Learning Community is a unit within the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement.  It is a cutting-edge multicultural artistic program for incoming students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bringing together young artists and leaders from across the United States and beyond, the First Wave Learning Community offers students the opportunity to live, study and create together in a close-knit, dynamic campus community. Operating under the Office of the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer and administered by the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI), the First Wave Learning Community is the first university program in the nation centered on spoken word and hip-hop culture.  The inaugural First Wave cohort of 15 students began their UW-Madison career in the Fall 2007 Semester and currently there are 65 spoken word and hip-hop artists on full-tuition scholarship in the First Wave Program. We are currently looking for the next group of motivated students to join the First Wave Learning Community’s 7th Cohort in 2013.

About Soul Train Holdings

Soul Train is a registered trademark of Soul Train Holdings, LLC, a limited liability company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. Soul Train is the longest running, first -run, nationally syndicated program in television history. During its 37 year run, the show featured such staples as the Soul Train line and performers as important and diverse as: Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Janet Jackson and Beyonce, to name a few. Soul Train Holdings was created following the acquisition of the iconic franchise and catalog of more than 1,100 hours of archival footage from Don Cornelius Productions in June 2008 by InterMedia Partners and Madvision entertainment and is part of Vibe Holdings LLC. Vibe Holdings is a leading multi-cultural media company consisting of treasured and celebrated brands including Vibe Magazine,, Uptown Magazine and Soul Train. VIBE Holdings is owned by InterMedia Partners, Magic Johnson Enterprises and Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Companies.

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Hosted by Anthony Anderson, Soul Train Awards 2013 Will Tape November 8th, 2013 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada


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