ATLANTA, Georgia — Rapper, actor and philanthropist – Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, celebrated another star-studded LudaDay Weekend in Atlanta this past holiday weekend. Guests from all over America came out to support this series of charitable events hosted by some of the top entertainers, actors, influencers and athletes in the industry.
Thursday was the official kick-off of the LudaDay Weekend festivities with the annual BMI Awards honoring mega-star– Janet Jackson. This award show presented Miss Jackson with the ‘Icon Award’ and featured a montage tribute to the superstar with performances by a youth dance group, Teyana Taylor, Jussie Smollet, Normani, H.E.R., Justine Skye along with opening remarks by Ciara and closing accolades from Missy Misdemeanor Elliot.
Friday morning the Ludacris Foundation hosted the Grass is Greener Golf Tournament in the prestigious Crystal Lake Golf and Country Club in Hampton, GA. Following the golfing event, VIP guests gathered at Atlanta’s premier private membership club, The Gathering Spot, for the first ever LudaDay Spades Tournament and Game Night hosted by Woody McClain of BET’s The Bobby Brown Story. Twenty-eight teams faced off for an intense spades tournament, playing for a cash prize of $1500.00 and bragging rights. In the end BJ & Rock’s team took home the victory and title as the first LudaDay Weekend Spades Champions.
Over 16,000 people assembled on Saturday to attend the Ludacris Foundation’s yearly LudaFam Day block party outside of the Mercedes Benz Stadium. Several artists hit the two stages including – Ludacris, Flaujae, Ar’mon and Trey, Bre-Z, Molly Brazy, Brie and many more, as well as a surprise appearance by the Democratic candidate in Georgia’s Governor election, Stacey Abrams. Tristan “Mack” Wilds and Power star, Michael Rainey Jr., also made guest appearances pumping up the crowd on stage and even doing the Shiggy Challenge dancing to Drake’s hit song, In My Feelings.
Closing out the weekend Ludacris hosted his highly acclaimed celebrity basketball game at Morehouse’s Forbes Arena. This year Team Hip-Hop coached by Ludacris and 21 Savage went head to head with Team Hollywood coached by Jamie Foxx and Rotimi. NBA stars such as John Wall, Lou Williams, Lance Stephenson, Jaylen Brown and more teamed up with entertainers such as Tank, Key Glock, Malaysia Pargo, Michael Rainey Jr. for an extreme battle on the court that led to a double overtime victory by Jamie Foxx’s Team Hollywood. Following the basketball game, Ludacris’ special invited VIP’s and sponsors wind down at the LudaDay TopGolf Takeover at Atlanta’s Midtown TopGolf location.
“Giving back is good for the soul. So thankful to all of my friends who supported our 13th LudaDay Weekend and giving back to the great city of Atlanta.”_
Special guests in attendance included: Jamie Foxx, Janet Jackson, Missy Elliott, Kofi Siriboe, Rotimi, Evander Holyfield, Woody McClain, Terrence J., Tristan Mack Wilds, John Wall, Lou Williams, Luke James, Ro James, Tyler Lepley, Donovan Carter, Fabolous, Teen Taylor, 50 Cent, Michael Rainey Jr., Lance Gross, Nisha Butler, Michael B Jordan, Karrueche Tran, 21 Savage, Nick Grant, Quinn Cook, Lorenzo Brown, Ar’mon and Trey, Kenny Burns, Malaysia Pargo, Lance Stephenson, Tank, Emmanuel Hudson, Ty Young, Big Tigger, Ciara, Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson, Josh Powell, Big K.R.I.T., Keri Hilson, Kosine, Reginae Carter, Zonnique, Mimi Faust, Yung Dolph, Key Glock, LeToya Luckett, Keith Powers, Ryan Destiney, Rocko, B. Simone, Lil Scrappy, Bambi, Sheree Whitfield, Emmanuel Hudson, Lisa Wu and many more.
Sponsors for the weekend event included: Mercedes Benz – Corporate, Mercedes Benz of Buckhead, Macy’s, Energy Fitness, Planet Fitness, Fulton County, Morehouse School of Medicine, The PGA Tour, The Atlanta Falcons, WellCare, Fox Rothschild, CAA, BMI, Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment, BET, Dutch Masters, Jordan Brand, ATLSkypointe, Zaxby’s (John Silvey, Franchisee), Defiance Fuel, CORE Hydration, The Gathering Spot, Bloomers Frose, Martell, Uncle Nearest, Macallan and Deep Eddy Vodka. Fresh Empire also powered LudaFamDay and the Celebrity Basketball Game.
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