The seventh annual HOLY HIP-HOP WEEK demonstrates that Atlanta is a mecca for all sorts of black music, not just hip-hop and R&B. A rapidly growing genre that mixes gospel testifying with rap music, it includes Christian artists (Grits, Mars Ill) as well as one-time secular stars (Kurtis Blow, Cheryl "Salt" James from Salt-N-Pepa). The event unfolds Thurs.-Sat., JAN. 11-13, with panel discussions and seminars (closed to the public) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta-Marietta. Center Stage Atlanta hosts the weekend's musical showcase and the Holy Hip-Hop Awards, honoring performers such as God's Army, Japhia Life, Tony Stone and Shei Atkins (pictured). Showcase: $11. Fri., Jan. 12, 7 p.m. Awards: $11. Sat., Jan. 13, 6 p.m. 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-1365. www.ticketmaster.com.