Atlanta resident Xavier Dotson, professionally known as hip-hop super producer Zaytoven, has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Atlanta rappers Future and Gucci Mane, but Grammy award-winning pianist does so much more than hit-making.
Dotson, who funded his career in music through barbering, founded the Zay Area Foundation, a family-run, non-profit organization that is dedicated to serving those who are less fortunate.
Last Sunday, Dotson and his Zay Area Foundation team hosted around 200 people at “A Seat at the Table: Sunday with Zaytoven & Friends,” a family fun day event in West Atlanta, featuring food, music, face painting, free haircuts, snacks, and more for Atlanta families.
“The Zay Area Foundation is for younger kids looking to get into the music and entertainment business,” said the music producer, who discussed how he recognizes his place as a role model for youth. “I’ve been blessed to be in the music industry, and every young person I run into wants to be a producer or rapper, and I want to be the guy to come in and provide instruments and studio equipment for those who can’t afford to do it.”
Marlo Hampton, a cast member of Bravo TV’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” was one of many celebrity guests who supported and attended the event.
“Absolutely, how can I not get involved?” the reality star said. “Coming from St.Petersburg, Florida, in the hood, it’s just something you have to do.”
“It’s something that makes you feel good, to see the smile on the kids and adults faces and to be so appreciative of a meal,” Hampton added.
Dotson said that the event impacts the community by pushing other people in the entertainment industry to be a part of such a great cause.
“I’m the guy that tries to be an example through the business that I do,” he explained.
Hampton agreed with the producer.
“Once they see you are doing it, they’ll do it,” she said. “We all have to come together as one not just on Thanksgiving, every day.”
Whitney Ware, a guest at the family day celebration, was invited to attend the event through a friend. Ware brought along her kids, where they were able to get haircuts, enjoy a good meal, and take part in the fun. Ware said she the family day event was a great idea, especially since it supports the Black community.
“I thought this was a good way to bring everyone together, “ she said. “There aren’t a lot of times we get to come together to do positive things, so this event was great — good vibes, good people and good energy.”
Dotson said he and his family have large plans for the holidays next year and, now, even before the year is out. He said, “Stay tuned because I’m going to do something creative and a lot more.”