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Award-winning actor Lou Gossett, Jr., comedian Mike Epps, Xernona Clayton, Founder of the Trumpet Awards, and Elder Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., will join Ms. Afeni Shakur and Judge Mablean Ephriam at the second annual Honoring Unsung Fathers Awards (H.U.F.) in Atlanta on Sunday, June 10th at 2:00PM. The event will be held at the Omni Hotel, North Tower at CNN Center. The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation (TASF) and The Mablean Ephriam Foundation have come together to host this annual event in a celebration that recognizes nurturing father-figures who play a vital role in their childrens' everyday lives.

"We are blessed to have Mr. Gossett, Mr. Epps, Mrs. Clayton, and Elder King participating this year," said Afeni Shakur, Founder and President of TASF. "We established this special day to celebrate fatherhood and parenting because fathers play such a necessary role in children's lives. The H.U.F. Awards honor and commemorate those fathers who, like Lou Gossett Jr., show such selflessness, devotion and nurture to their children."

Mr. Gossett Jr., is a celebrated actor having won an Oscar(R), and an Emmy(R) among numerous other awards. With the success he has garnered from a long-standing career, he is also known for his extensive work fighting racism, as well as being a great father. Lou adopted one of his sons, Sharron, after seeing the then homeless five-year old on Good Morning America in the 70's. "Not all fathers come to us through the traditional methods," said Mablean Ephriam, founder of The Mablean Ephriam Foundation. "This is why we support and honor fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers and father figures."

Mike Epps, best known for his roles in the box-office hits Next Friday and Friday After Next, will be adding his comedic timing and flair to this years' awards. Hailing from Gary, Indiana, Epps got his start as a stand-up comedian touring with Def Comedy Jam. TASF and The Mablean Ephriam Foundation are thrilled to have Mike on board to tickle the funny bone of everyone at the event.

The brainchild of Judge Mablean Ephriam, the H.U.F. Awards were established to bring attention and recognition to everyday fathers who maintain a lifestyle that exemplifies love toward their children, family and community, as well as reflecting the TASF's spirit and vision. Afeni Shakur, mother of rapper Tupac Shakur and founder and CEO of the TASF is proud to partner with the Mablean Ephriam Foundation to present the 2nd Annual H.U.F. Awards.

The 2007 H.U.F. Award nominations are open to positive fathers and father-figures that make unique efforts to play an active role in their childrens' development. Although there is one winner for each category, every nominated father who attends the gala will be recognized and honored.

The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and the Mablean Ephriam Foundation are both dedicated to encouraging responsible and nurturing parents and recognizing them for successful accomplishments in the field of fatherhood.

Nomination forms and ticket information can be downloaded from www.hufawards.com, www.tasf.org, or contact Mr. Tre' Maxie at 404-298-4222 or 404-597-1253. All nomination forms must be submitted and completed by Friday, May 18, 2007 at 12 p.m. The tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for Youth. Proceeds benefit the Annual Scholarship Program for College Students.

Five awards will be presented during the 2007 H.U.F. Awards to a single father (Solo Warrior), married father (Love Cares), divorced father (Fatherhood Forever), non-biological father (Village Dad) and a senior father (Living Legacy).

About the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation:

The TASF was established in 1997 by Ms. Afeni Shakur, mother of the late Tupac Shakur. Striving to keep Tupac's dream alive, Afeni created the Foundation to give young people self-esteem and a chance to excel in the arts and in life.

TASF offers year-round classes for young people i
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