Legendary Music Mogul Shakir Stewart’s 1st Annual Ascot Awards Scholarship Fundraiser
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(March 16, 2013 – Oakland, California) The St. Mary’s College High School Alumni Community will honor one of its fallen, Shakir S. Stewart, posthumously by creating a scholarship in his name. An Oakland native, Shakir flourished as a leader at St. Mary’s, graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in Marketing, and become a concert promoter and successful businessman. He later became the Executive Vice President of Island/Def Jam Records. Stewart was responsible for signing such talent as R&B sensation Ciara and rap stars Rick Ross and Young Jeezy. He published the successive #1 hits in Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart as Destiny Child’s “Survivor,” Outkast’s “The Way You Move,” Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” and “Baby Boy,” and assembled and organized Usher’s massive hit “Yeah” on the 12- time platinum album Confessions. Shakir died tragically on November 1, 2008, leaving friends and family with the task of the trying to determine the best way to honor his success and memory…that is until now.
On Saturday, April 13, 2013, from 8pm – 2am, friends and alumni from St. Mary’s and Holy Names High School will honor many teachers and former students such as: Maurice Harper, Lawrence Puck, Antone Olivier, Bryan Brown, Bobby Barrett (posthumously), and John “Midge” Milton at a formal affair at the Washington Inn in Downtown Oakland. The event will be hosted by Kente Scott and will feature presenters such as Kevin L. Nichols, Fred Lewis, Russell Hornsby (Actor – Grimm/Lincoln Heights), Thomas McElroy (famed musician of Foster/McElroy – EnVogue), James Jordan, Keith Minor, and Shawn Granberry; and performances by Phesto “Damani Thompson” (Hieroglyphics/Souls of Mischief) , NayoMoon aka Nayo Aisha LaFreniere, Mykah Montgomery; and music by DJ Abu “Andre Cagnolatti, Sean Moffatt & DJ Solo Flex “Erich Solomon. The proceeds of this event will go to The Shakir Stewart Empowerment Fund which helps an African American male, like Shakir, attend St. Mary’s High School for free each year.