ludacris-1.jpgAmerica SCORES, which trains teachers how to use poetry, performance and hip-hop to improve academics, is honoring Russell Simmons and Ludacris on April 30, at the HBO Theater in New York City. Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and the Ludacris Foundation joined with the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and Pepsi-Cola to create a grant initiative in support of spoken word and performing arts programs. America SCORES has received crucial funding from Simmons’ and Ludacris’ efforts, including a grant allowing 30 young poets the chance to take part in a National Poetry Slam. “Through poetry we instill in our students a love of writing, language, and communication, empowering them to find their voices and reach for their dreams,” said Paul Caccamo, President of America SCORES. “We’re proud to honor these creative leaders who use their influence and celebrity to advocate for positive social change and make a difference in the lives of urban children.” Simmons will also be attending the third annual Art for Life Palm beach Gala at Casa Vita Serena in Palm Beach, FL this Saturday. Ludacris will be honored at that event as well. The proceeds from the event go towards art programs in New York City and Palm Beach County. The event has raised approximately $600,000 in the last two years.