Hip-hop mogul, lawmaker team up to help youth

57104346The power of music and the power of politics met Tuesday, with a hip-hop mogul and one of the most prominent leaders in Congress joining their considerable forces to spotlight issues facing youth in America.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attended a youth conference co-sponsored by entrepreneur and entertainer Russell Simmons in Washington. The one-day event, called Keeping the Promise to Our Children, brought legislators together with entertainment A-listers, including Oscar-nominee Terrence Howard, who used their celebrity to advocate a variety of causes: foster care, health care and education among them.

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PICTURED: Executive producer Russell Simmons attends the screening of ‘Brave New Voices’ at the Steven J. Ross Theater, Warner Bros. on April 1, 2009 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)