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Rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, of “Yous A Ho, “What’s Your Fantasy,” and “Obama is Here” fame, will be speaking at a National Press Club luncheon on Friday. The event follows “Accelerating Energy Innovation: Lessons from Multiple Sectors” and precedes a “New and Old World Wine Tasting Benefit,” so please don’t get confused. You want more details? I’ve got more details:

The entertainer created the Ludacris Foundation in 2001 to increase leadership through education, healthy lifestyles and community engagement. The luncheon precedes the Foundation’s annual Benefit Dinner, to be held for the first time in the nation’s capital on October 24 at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center.

Yes, Ludacris is headed to the Ronald Reagan building after his luncheon at the National Press Club. No word yet on when Lil Jon gets his luncheon. If you want a preview of the kind of insights you can expect from the luncheon, behold this, from the press release:

In today’s world we have new issues and new challenges. The old way of looking at these issues and challenges have not rendered the outcomes we want. Logical thinking, while necessary is not sufficient – we need lateral thinking (thinking outside our current frame of reference). We need a new type of leadership.

I’m not paying the admission fee ($17/$28/$35 members/guests/general admission) for this, but please let scoop [at] motherjones [dot] com know if you go.

Also, quick question for @APStylebook: What’s the appropriate style for rendering Lil Jon’s (and Lil Wayne’s and Lil’ Kim’s) names?

 

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