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Ludacris could be coming to your door

Ludacris might be stopping by to make sure you've filled out your Census form.

Ludacris might be stopping by to make sure you've filled out your Census form.

Atlanta rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges has teamed up with the U.S. Census.

The collaboration could mean that the artist, who has teamed up on numerous projects – rhyming with Usher on the hit “Yeah” or opening for The Black Eyed Peas during their concert tour, for example – might be paying you a visit.

In a statement, Ludacris explained why he’s gotten on board with the Census, a partnership meant to encourage people to fill out their forms. Census data help direct federal dollars to various communities.

“I look at our communities now and I see many empty lots, closed clinics, dilapidated schools and an overall breakdown of social services for the poor and elderly,” he said. “Today is a day for change.”

He plans appearances in a number of cities including Dallas, New Orleans, Orlando, New York and Washington as well as Atlanta, where he’ll be pounding the pavement on April 9.

“I plan to knock on doors in various neighborhoods around this country to try and dispel any myths about the Census,” Ludacris said. “It’s important that we all stand up and be counted so we can help create potential financial opportunities for our dying communities.”

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Jebus Folks

March 29th, 2010
6:49 am

Luda is a true renaissance man.

Brandi

March 29th, 2010
7:05 am

Gotta love Luda!!!!! COME TO DOUGLASVILLE PLEASE!!!

OneChris

March 29th, 2010
7:10 am

Funny! Good luck! This is just a big attempt by Big Brother to invade us. Recruiting celebs to do their evil is amazing! His choice to try but I understand not wanting to fill out the census. If by now the govt does not know where and who you are they are lying!

MiltonMan

March 29th, 2010
7:11 am

I will place a Bill O’Reilly poster in my yard to keep this thug out.

Sandy

March 29th, 2010
7:29 am

Please! I really admire this young man for all he trying to do! All you crazies that think the government is trying to invade your privacy need a life. Anything they need to know about you they know….. just trying to take a head count.

Joel

March 29th, 2010
7:35 am

Something tells me he will not be knocking on doors n Sandy Springs or other upper class areas. Just a guess…

H. Westmoreland

March 29th, 2010
7:38 am

“It’s important that we all stand up and be counted so we can help create potential financial opportunities for our dying communities.”

I think he means so that they can take money from one segment of the population (who actually earned it) and give it to another (who di’int)

MiltonMan

March 29th, 2010
7:39 am

This is the same guy who siad that the only chair that McCain deserves to be in is a wheelchair???

Let’s hope this guy does indeed show up on my doorsteps. Does he even know how to count?

Ted Striker

March 29th, 2010
7:50 am

MiltonMan @ 7:11 am — Individuals casually tossing around the T-word — when referring to someone of African-American descent — sound a lot like the sort of ignorant people typically using another word aimed at African-Americans not too many years ago. Maybe you’d like Chris Bridges to drink from another water fountain or give up his right to vote.

OneChris @7:10 — The first Census in the U.S. was conducted in 1790. It’s constitutionally-mandated. Even Jesus Christ was born while his parents traveled (and not by car) from Nazareth about 150 kilometers to be counted for the Rome-mandated census of Quirinius. Careful referring to it as “Big Brother” because nobody had even heard of “Big Brother” before George Orwell.

MindUrBiz

March 29th, 2010
8:07 am

The only thug is the one who is pointing or typing it out!!!!! Oh come on just b/c you live in a certain area that does not mean that you’re better than the next person….sometimes that makes you blind to other things….really open up a book!!!! U can post O’Reilly and whoever else you want to post in your yard that does not mean it’s going to stop anything…b/c the people in the world are not at all the shallow. U can’t take what you have with u anyway!!!!!

gm

March 29th, 2010
8:14 am

You know W. trash and fox news people never seem to amaze me. I guess if he was playing baskeball or football to entertain you people you would welcome him with open arms. You and the Tea Klansmen are a disgrace to this country, this is why White Americans are hating around the world, most of the W. trash has never been out the country.

You go luda and make a difference forget W. trash.

everydayjane

March 29th, 2010
8:17 am

@MiltonMan, which Bill O’Reilly? Do you mean the Bill O’Reilly that sexually harrassed his producer? Then settled out of court – OH….That Bill O’Reilly…How quickly we forget!!

everydayjane

March 29th, 2010
8:38 am

its almost like a contest. i wander how many people will purposely neglect completing their census in hopes that a celebrity visits their neighborhood…hmmm – i see kids hiding the census – lol

[...] Ludacris has joined forces with The Census to encourage everyone to fill those surveys out because it is a count for everyone’s future, especially those in the hardest hit communities.  What the census does is find out where the money is needed and, hopefully, this is where it will go. “I look at our communities now and I see many empty lots, closed clinics, dilapidated schools and an overall breakdown of social services for the poor and elderly.  Today is a day for change.” – Ludacris/ quote from AJC [...]

Angela

March 29th, 2010
8:43 am

Will racism ever end? Why are ALL black people considered thugs? What is the definition of a thug, anyway? Mr. Bridges is trying to do a positive act and he’s still getting negative criticism. This country needs some SERIOUS prayer!! He can come to my door anyday!! :)

kay

March 29th, 2010
8:50 am

Wow. People on this post of all races are amazing. How is race always brought into every blog, including those in which race matters not.
@Milton Man say what you want but this man is not a thug. He is not assaulting people or doing other crazieness. We all have a right to our opinions and (the McCain comment) that is his. As far as O’Reily is concerned WOW. you know I’d rather not admit that I was following a man who is not only under educated but also a drug addict, trick (one who pays prostitues), that has numerous incidence of sexually harassing his employees, and proves himself to be of very low moral standards.
@Joel… Fortunately the need for the additional push is not in Sandy Springs, but in the lower income communities. @ OneChris… oh lawd! @gm please leave race out. We know race is in peoples thouhts but saying it ends up distracting from the validity of your point and changes the focus of the convo. I definitely agree with you abt the Fox news spewing their propoganda to the foolish who listen and even about the Tea Idiots tho.
Go Luda do what is right for you!

MiltonMan

March 29th, 2010
8:51 am

Amazing to see all the defenders here – blind leading the blind. It is acceptable to you that Luda calla Hillary the b* word? The same people accusing others of racism are salivating that this guy might be showing up at their door?

cruz

March 29th, 2010
8:54 am

I’m on board with the census team also. As an educator you do see the importance of the census count. If they provide services and try to revitalize communities people should not be iffy about the census count. I know especially for many of our hispanic communties they tend not to participate, because they feel it is a strategy they use to see where many immigrants reside and it will alet immigration. However it may provide many billingual services, classes for individuals to learn english, spanish or basic skills one needs to sirvive in today;s economy.

MiltonMan

March 29th, 2010
8:55 am

Kay = poster child of bipolar. You come on here ranting & raving like a dog suffering from rabies about people bringing others down, throwing out the race card, etc. So you are fine with what Luda said about a war hero & what he called Hillary becasue it is his opinion??? You then are intolerant of others opinions that do not agree with you.

MiltonMan

March 29th, 2010
8:59 am

cruz, as a teacher you need to do alot less posting and alot more spell checking. Why do all teachers who post here have to start off with “I’m a teacher…”? I do not see any other profession that uses this. Just beacuse you are a teacher does that you an expert any topics here? Remember the saying, “If you can’t, teach”

BG

March 29th, 2010
9:12 am

Why don’t you donate some of that money you have to the poor and elderly.

Jessica

March 29th, 2010
9:18 am

@ BG – for your ignorant information, Ludacris donates lots of money to the community especially to single mothers. Now, what do YOU donate?

Jessica

March 29th, 2010
9:19 am

@Joel, why don’t YOU knock on doors in Sandy Springs if you’re concerned about them being counted.

MiltonMan

March 29th, 2010
9:23 am

To the people playing the race card: Luda has talked bad about McCain, Hillary, etc. Why is this not racist?

NoSpam

March 29th, 2010
9:32 am

I hope he stops by our home!
His mother (head of the Ludacris Foundation) was driving Ludacris’ Escalade and ran a stop sign (it’s in the police report) causing an accident in which my husband has permanent knee damage and can barely walk.
They must have spent thousands of dollars on a team of lawyers to fight the lawsuit, and after four years we ended up settling for the insurance coverage – $150,000.
(Really, a multi-millionaire only has $150,000 in auto insurance??)
You can figure out what we got after the attorney’s %.
And my husband will still need a total knee replacement.
Too bad Ludacris didn’t take the thousands he spent on attorney’s fees and give to my husband to compensate for 2 months laying flat on his back, months of excruciating physical therapy and continuing pain and loss of mobility.
Ludacris is no hero in our household.
Hope to see you soon Luda!

MiltonMan

March 29th, 2010
9:43 am

No Spam, sorry to hear that. Luda appearantly does not pay his attorney. He is/was suing him for not paying his bills. I guess he was to busy writing those great lyrics of his bashing McCain & Hillary.

Dee

March 29th, 2010
9:45 am

Why do all of these posts have to turn into all of this negative crap!!!!! I’m so over all of you people who can’t just accept a good gesture. Ludacris . . . good for you!!! Thanks for donating your time to a good cause.

MiltonMan

March 29th, 2010
9:55 am

Dee, please take time to read the US Constitution – specifically the 1st Admendment of the Bill of Rights. Looks like you do not like Freedom of Speech.

Kim

March 29th, 2010
9:59 am

BG, get a job and a life. Stop looking for handouts. FYI, Ludacris has a foundation which donates money, time, and other resources to those in need. Also, he did more for the community before becoming famous than you could imagine.

Jennifer Brett

March 29th, 2010
10:12 am

Kim, Dee, Jessica and others,

You’re correct; Ludacris has a history of philanthropic work. One example: He was in Los Angeles last fall when metro Atlanta suffered what the U.S. Geological Survey called “a 500-year flood.” Right before he boarded a plane for home, Ludacris talked to Sean “Diddy” Combs and both pledged to donate $10,000 for flood relief efforts. While airborne, he contacted other fellow artists and raised tens of thousands more. He personally distributed clothing and food so that families affected by the flood would have something for Thanksgiving and Christmas last year.

“It felt personal to me, ” Ludacris said at the time. “No matter who you are, no matter how much money you have, you can do something to give back.”

MiltonMan

March 29th, 2010
10:28 am

Got it. So as long as you do “good work in the community” you can say, sing, believe, etc. whatever you want regardless of offending alot of people & you still will be considered a good person. I am a good person because I donate money to my church, goodwill, clothes to the less fortunate, feed people at MUST ministries, help build homes for Habitat, etc.

Some of you need to pull out your bibles (bruch off the dust) and read what God says about “good works/acts”

Jojo

March 29th, 2010
11:16 am

@MiltonMan…Why are you judging someone? It looks like you need to read your bible as well. People kill me with this holier than thou attitude. That is why people don’t get involved in certain things because they feel inferior or inadequate due to comments and mentalities like yours. I am a Christian male too, but I admire Ludacris for doing what he’s doing. As I’m sure you know (or maybe not), the Christian walk is not easy and every person is different in their walk and their level. Just thought I’d give my two cents.

GSUFan

March 29th, 2010
11:38 am

I think it’s great that the US and celebs are making an effort for the Census and helping to dispel myths that surround it.

“Rapper” “News” « Zebra Is Food

March 29th, 2010
12:19 pm

[...] Ludacris has signed up with the U.S. census to do some publicity work knocking on doors for them. His effort is intended to alter the negative stigma many have of the federal census. Link. [...]

tj8

March 29th, 2010
12:19 pm

Yep, that’s the way it works. Act like a complete jerk all week but do some charity work and God says Okee Dokee!

MiltonMan

March 29th, 2010
12:30 pm

tj, “acting like a jerk all week” = asking you “tough” questions that you do not want to answer. Funny stuff

Sandi

March 29th, 2010
12:33 pm

Way to go, Luda! Way to see a need in your community and look to meet it.

YOU DIGUSTING HYPOCRITES

March 29th, 2010
12:40 pm

Jojo-thanks for putting MiltonMan/ tj8/and other digusting HYPOCRITES like them in their place—all these religious freaks are here JUDGING another human being, imagine THAT. No wonder no one takes them seriously….it just makes them Less credible than they already are…

nita

March 29th, 2010
12:42 pm

milton man, needs a good flushing out. Why do we all assume when a person becomes a Christian or do Christian acts that they will not do some things that do not line up with Christian teachings. How about you let God and only God judge Ludacris and you encourage him by letting your light shine (oops to late) or your cross burn bright enought for him to see you for who you really are.

MiltonMan

March 29th, 2010
12:59 pm

Please tell me where I stated that I was a Christian. I read alot of books whether it is the Bible or Popular Science magazine. Funny to see “people” on here judging me while in the same breath telling me not to judge others. Funny to see such confused people.

MiltonMan

March 29th, 2010
1:02 pm

You Disgusting Hypocrites – Change your name to “I’m a disgusting Idiot who does not know how to turn of the caps lock key” No one takes me seriously? This includes yourself who takes the time to post with a reference to me? Classic.

KJ

March 29th, 2010
1:53 pm

“Ludacris donates lots of money to the community especially to single mothers”

Magic City?

Misunderstood Historical Writings

March 29th, 2010
1:58 pm

The Bible along with the Constitution are two of the most misunderstood writings in history. Everyone gets a different meaning from both to accomodate their chain of thoughts. I am glad to know that Luda is doing something good as he seems to always do. To all the idiots/haters on here putting him down, find something else to do & do your part in saving the world & making it a better place for your children’s, children, children. This country is so full of hate & fear. Get a life evil people.You must be miserable & misery does love company. As far as freedom of speech, if McLain & Palin can say all those negetative things to get idiots that can’t read or think for themselves in a an uproar, then Luda can rap about them. He is just as much entitled to his freedom of speech than they are. At least his would be more worthy than theirs. McLain with his old dried up self & Palin with her dumb self both need to crawl under a rock.

MiltonMan

March 29th, 2010
2:08 pm

McCain – served his country & was a POW (or as Miss Misunderstood states “old dried up”)

Miss Misunderstood contribution to her country = lame post on ajc.com

nita

March 29th, 2010
3:10 pm

At least he has it to give. Milton Man get over yourself. If it were anybody else you would be ok with i huh. Besides McCain cheated on his sick wife and married his girlfriend but i don’t see you calling him out on his worldy vices. Did you read how he was a screw up in the navy and caused a fire on the aircraft carrier where he was a lousy pilot which killed someone. do you have a problem with the fact that he crashed two planes while in training but was not thrown out of the pilot program because of who his daddy and granddaddy were? At Ludacris is a self made man. Hell, we are POW’s to this horrible economics system we are in. I know people from the Jim Crow days who were prisoners in their own country. Hell, he doesn’t get a pass cause he got caught. Hooray for all who serve our military but I think it is horrible that a POW gets more status than someone killed in action

MiltonMan

March 29th, 2010
3:51 pm

Nita, you are going to support Luda no matter what he does. Good job on bringing up all this dirt on McCain; having a child out of wedlock mean nothing to you?

Steve

March 29th, 2010
4:07 pm

Oh that’s just great. On one hand, you want people to send their forms back early so that there is not as much of a need for census workers to pay personal visits, then you turn around and announce that Luda might be one of those workers? So now all his fans are going to refrain from sending in the forms, in hopes that hey will get a special visit from their hero. Give me a f***ing break. In the very very very VERY slim event (like 1 in 500,000) that he DOES show up at your door, it’s not like you are going to be having lunch with him. He probably won’t even pose for a photograph. But try telling that to all the sheeple who will now be running for their mailboxes to make sure the mailman hasn’t picked up their stamped census forms yet; it won’t make a nickel’s worth of difference.

Clssy1too

March 29th, 2010
4:25 pm

Luda is a generous contributor in so many ways. But you might get more of a response if you drew an address from someone who returned their census form.

QueenM

March 29th, 2010
6:39 pm

People, PLEASE make up your minds, you can reasonably begrudge a man {particularly one of wealth} for being self-serving & absorbed an doing NOTHING to help others. Or you can IGNORANTLY begrudge a good/caring/civic-minded man {who happens to be of wealth, NOW}, for trying to do what you probably would not have thought to do to help your own community. I say, MUCH LOVE to YOU. LUDA, continue to do whatever & ALL that you can think of to help make this world a better, at least liveable place, & GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!