By Special to the Daily World
Who’s Who In Black Atlanta has announced that Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, recording artist, actor, philanthropist, entrepreneur and restaurateur, will be the introduction writer for the 13th edition.
More than a decade ago, Ludacris released his debut album, “Back for the First Time.” Since then he has established himself as one of music’s best and most successful entertainers, selling more than 12 million albums domestically and releasing timeless hits. His musical talents have garnered him three Grammy Awards and fans by the millions.
Ludacris brings the same drive and success to the screen as he does to the record studio. His acclaimed film performances include “Crash,” “Hustle & Flow” and the No. 1 movie, “No Strings Attached,” while also starring on television’s top-rated “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” In addition, Ludacris’ work in “Crash” earned him the prestigious Screen Actors Guild and Critic’s Choice awards. Also, he co-starred in the latest installment of “The Fast & The Furious” film series, “Fast Five.”
Ludacris’ dedication to his artistic work matches his love of community. In 2001 he founded The Ludacris Foundation (TLF). This nonprofit organization seeks to inspire youth through education and memorable experiences and to uplift families and communities, while fostering economic development.
TLF was named one of the Top 20 Leading Philanthropy Foundations by Black Enterprise magazine and was featured in The Robb Report’s Worth magazine as well as The Chronicles of Philanthropy.
From his work in the studio, on stage, and on the big and small screens, Ludacris’ entrepreneurial interests led him to open a restaurant, Straits, in Atlanta, in 2008. He then launched his own spirit, Conjure Cognac, in 2009. Both of these ventures have proved to be very successful and are only the tip of the iceberg as far as his planned enterprises.
“I am honored and excited to write the introduction Who’s Who in Black Atlanta.”Who’s Who is an organization that not only recognizes people for their achievements, but one that connects African-American leaders from all areas and helps to build upon their diverse accomplishments. It is a true privilege to be a part of such an esteemed group and legacy.” Wayne K. Brown, associate publisher of Who’s Who In Black Atlanta, adds, “Along with fame comes responsibility. The entertainment industry has made significant contributions to the Atlanta community. Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges has given back to the metropolitan area of Atlanta with numerous contributions through The Ludacris Foundation. I am grateful to have his support as we prepare to release the 13th edition of Who’s Who In Black Atlanta.” Who’s Who Publishing Company highlights the achievements of African Americans and other minority groups across the country through its brand of Who’s Who publications and signature events. Who’s Who Publishing Company is a subsidiary of Real Times Media, a leading source of African-American related news, entertainment and lifestyle information.