Music mogul Russell Simmons has called on his celebrity pals to help encourage youngsters to vote in the upcoming U.S. presidential elections.
Simmons will launch the National Hip-Hop Team Vote 2008 campaign in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with fellow rappers Styles P., Mike Jones, Webbie, Lil Boosie, Rich Boy and Lil X.
It hopes the event will encourage youngsters to vote in the Pennsylvania primary, which takes place on 22 April (08).
Simmons tells, "The fact is that even in this struggling economy the rich have put more distance between them and the poor. The fact is that young people have more compassion and vision, while the old people have built this mess and don't have the collective faith that they can make a real change. I believe We need the hip hop community to pick this next president. And I have faith that they will. Pennsylvania is where we start to prove that."