Rapper icon Ice-T to headline "Stigma Stops Now" event in Johnson City

1980s rapper icon and actor Ice-T is the featured guest for the 2018 "Stigma Stops Now" gala presented by Frontier Health in Johnson City this September. (Ice-T / Instagram)

An icon of the rap music industry is the featured guest of the third annual "Stigma Stops Now" gala presented by Frontier Health- a night dedicated to bringing awareness to mental health issues and treatment.

Ice-T is the headliner for the event that is scheduled for Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. in the East Tennessee State University Mini Dome in Johnson City.

The Crenshaw native and former gang member emerged from the streets of South Central to become a major player in the rap game in the 1980s then parlayed that popularity into an acting career in television and movies including such features as "New Jack City," "Surviving the Game," "Breakin'," and NBC's "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit."

"The focus this year is going to on grief and loss and how to deal with that. Ice-T has a story, I won't give away the message, one thing why he is coming at a very early age he lost both of his parents," said Frontier Health CEO Terri Kidd on Wednesday.

Tickets are available now and can be purchased by clicking here. News 5 WCYB is an exclusive media sponsor of "Stigma Stops Now."

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