The Peter Thomas Entertainment Group Presents: The 2014 How Can I Be Down? Salute to Excellence Awards Honoring Hip Hop Pioneers

ATLANTA, GA, September 15, 2014- The Peter Thomas Entertainment Group (PTEG), in conjunction with UPTOWN Magazine and Music Executive Debra Antney, is pleased to announce the return of the How Can I Be Down (HCIBD)? Salute to Excellence Awards. The black tie affair will take place on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at the Intercontinental Buckhead from 8 p.m. until midnight.

Created in 1993 to recognize excellence in the Hip Hop culture, the Salute to Excellence Awards has honored a long list of pioneers, including Hip Hop trailblazer, Russell Simmons, R&B legend & Grammy Award-winning producer/songwriter, Teddy Riley, and music mogul, Dr. Dre; all who have greatly contributed to the Hip Hop industry and have changed the landscape of American music.

Sponsored in part by CIROC Ultra-Premium Vodka, the 2014 HCIBD? Salute to Excellence Awards honorees are:

  • Debra Antney, Founder and CEO of Atlanta-based management company, Mizay Entertainment
  • Shanti Das, Music Executive, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Author
  • Jermaine Dupri, Founder of 'So So Def,' Producer, Rapper, Songwriter and Dancer
  • Ryan Glover, President of 'BOUNCE TV'
  • Greg Street, Pioneering Disc Jockey and Radio Personality
  • David Banner, American Rapper, Record Producer and Actor 
Former music industry executive and founder of the legendary HCIBD? Hip Hop Music Conference, Peter Thomas states,

"Since its inception in the late 1970s, Hip Hop culture has evolved to unimaginable heights. The urban art form that mainstream could not wait to go away has expanded across all genres of entertainment in the most explosive way. Therefore, in 2014, PTEG has revitalized the Salute to Excellence Awards to acknowledge a few key players that have helped propel Hip Hop culture from street music to an entertainment juggernaut." 

This year's award show will be hosted by Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson, "Tasha Mack," of BET's series 'The Game' and REVOLT TV's Kenny Burns, known as "The Lifestyle Specialist." 

Event attendees will enjoy specialty CIROC cocktails during the awards ceremony and VIP guests will receive complimentary CIROC bottles at their tables. "CIROC is the perfect addition to the HCIBD? Salute to Excellence Awards," Thomas says. "We are very pleased to have the premium spirits brand on board." 

Curated by lifestyle brands PTEG and UPTOWN Magazine, this exclusive VIP power event will attract top industry influencers, celebrities and tastemakers. 

About HCIBD?:
HCIBD? was created to promote connections between industry leaders and others that are interested in the business, in order to share and grow opportunities in the urban entertainment and lifestyle industry. HCIBD? has experienced remarkable growth; registering approximately 10,000 participants, it has become the largest urban-music conference in the country to date. Many participants have moved on to become major forces in the music, marketing, fashion, film and television industries. 

Media Contact: 
Media interested in providing coverage for this event, please submit your request to 10 Squared | | (404) 458-5820 by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 15, 2014. Media approvals will be provided on, or before Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. Please note: media is limited to two (2) persons per media outlet.