Ludacris was in the house, and he brought an uplifting message to Jackson youth this weekend.
Rapper and actor Chris Bridges — aka Ludacris — hooked up with Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba for a news conference at the Iron Horse Grill Friday night before performing at the Jackson Convention Complex.
At the news conference, he commended Jackson youth for being stakeholders in their community and encouraged them to embrace their own creative genius.
“I just want to give that much back to all the kids that have been supporting me from day one,” Ludacris said. “I think it’s important for us to come together, like right now … It’s important to get out there and have a conversation. Conversations spark change because you plant seeds in young people’s brains. We also have conversations about how we can spark change.”
Ludacris is no stranger to the city of Jackson or the Lumumba family. He endorsed the elder Chokwe Lumumba via a Facebook video on election day in 2013.
Four years later, the younger Lumumba said: “A friend of the family … He’s demonstrated his support for the city not only today but in the past. Ludacris has weighed in in terms of our election and is really interested in seeing a progressive city move forward.”