On Saturday, August 6 the Prince Complex (owned by Rap-A-Lot Records' J. Prince) and Eyes On Me Ministries (run by Christian rapper Bobby "Tre9" Herring) partnered together for another Hip Hop Hope Family Fun Day in Houston's 5th Ward.
They expected a crowd of about 1,000 people to enjoy and receive free backpacks full of school supplies, haircuts, food, inflatable games, and positive hip hop music.
Below is a quick-hit, photo recap of some of the festivities. All photos by Sketch the Journalist.
The 100-plus degree temperatures didn't stop people from lining up at the gates early for the 2011 Hip Hop Hope Family Fun Day.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee stopped by to give an official proclamation of recognition to Tre9 for the Prince Complex mission events held on this day and every week as part of Hip Hop Hope Tuesdays.
Volunteers served cotton candy to kids and adults.
The servant D. Davis did double duty as sound/stage coordinator and performing artist.
Rappers Hillary Jane, Wretch, and Archie of the group Second came out to share music and support.
Former Houston Rocket Steve "Franchise" Francis (white tank top) greets UGK rapper Bun B (white t-shirt) after the 3-point and slam dunk contests.
Even "seasoned saints" enjoyed the day. And yes, Pops in the quad-roller skates knew how to throw down once the music started cranking.
Houston's hip hop mayor Bun B spoke, encouraged, and thanked the crowd.
Tre9, reggae artist Denzil, and 007 (5th Ward Boyz) share a smile
View from the back of the crowd
Soon-to-be-kindergartener Eleazar shows off his new backpack full of supplies
Tre9 asked the crowd to pray for Victory Prep Christian Academy (represented by the pastor on the left) and the Prince Family (represented by Mrs. Mary Prince on the right) who helped fund and organize the event.
BONUS: This dude to the right of me was an unannounced guest.
So I guess that "ALIVE! Is Michael Jackson Really Dead?" documentary I streamed on Netflix last week was legit after all.