Oakland Digital (ODALC) (odalc.org), a nonprofit organization that promotes digital prosperity and Internet literacy to low-income communities in Oakland, announced honorees MC Hammer, North Social (northsocial.com) co-founder Alex Bernstein and Goapele for its second annual Inspiration Awards at Oakland’s historic Preservation Park (Nile Hall). The event will be held at Nile Hall on Thursday, December 1st at 6:00 PM. The event is open to the public with a ticket purchase at www.oaklandinspiration.com tickets begin at $100 per person and sponsorship available.
Hosted by seven time Emmy award winner Barbara Rodgers honoring Goapele, singer/songwriter blending genres while refusing to be limited by the “neo-soul” tag, the eloquent singer/songwriter completed her first release Closer in 2001 and never looked back. Former NFL team member and co-founder and Managing Partner Alex Bernstein has relentlessly focused on business strategy, data-driven decision making, business planning, and operational execution. MC Hammer had his greatest commercial success and popularity from the late 1980's until the mid-1990’s. He is known for his hit records, including U Can't Touch This and flamboyant dance movements. Hammer's superstar-status made him a household name and pop icon. He has sold more than 50 million records worldwide, demonstrating hip hop's potential for mass market success. Hammer has now become a popular web mogul and activist, currently involved in several Internet projects including DanceJam.com a community site that is dedicated to dancing video competitions, techniques and styles which Hammer, and others, judge or rate.