Russell Simmons
American businesmsan
Russell Simmons
Russell Wendell Simmons is an American business magnate. He and Rick Rubin founded the pioneering hip-hop label Def Jam. He also created the clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and American Classics. Russell Simmons is the third richest figure in hip hop, having a net-worth estimate of $340 million as of April 2011.
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Music mogul helps lead pro-Muslim rally
CNN - 5 days
Music mogul Russell Simmons helped lead thousands of people in the "Today I am a Muslim too" rally in New York, a pro-Muslim rally billed on social media as "a day of solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters."
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Russell Simmons Leads 'I Am A Muslim Too' Rally in New York
Huffington Post - 5 days
Happening now: @UncleRUSH addresses hundreds of New Yorkers at the #IAmMuslimToo rally in Times Square. https://t.co/GFH5r2mwHk pic.twitter.com/SQH4iGAZSI — NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) February 19, 2017 Music mogul Russell Simmons led thousands of New Yorkers in a show of solidarity for Muslim Americans at the “I Am A Muslim Too” rally on Sunday in Times Square.  Simmons headlined the event, which was co-organized by the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding and the Nusantara Foundation in response to the increased anxiety over President Donald Trump’s executive order limiting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.  “We are here today to show middle America our beautiful signs and, through our beautiful actions and intention, that they have been misled. We are here unified because of Donald Trump. We want to thank him for bringing us together,” Simmons told the crowd.  He added, “We are focused on things that are not helpful to America, we’re using t ...
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Russell Simmons, rabbi, imam holding 'I Am A Muslim' rally
abc News - 8 days
The rally is slated for NYC's Times Square on Sunday afternoon.
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Interfaith Activists To Descend On Times Square In Solidarity With Muslims
Huffington Post - 8 days
New York City’s interfaith activists are getting ready to show President Donald Trump that they’re willing to stand in solidarity with their Muslim neighbors.  The “Today, I am a Muslim too”rally, scheduled for Sunday in New York City’s Times Square, is expected to bring hundreds of supporters together to protest Trump’s Islamophobic rhetoric and to show their support for American Muslims. More than 5,000 have expressed interest in the event on Facebook.  “There is no greater time than now to stand up for our Muslim brothers and sisters who are under increasing threat and pressure,” a Facebook page for the rally said.  The Nusantara Foundation, a Muslim interfaith advocacy organization run by Imam Shamsi Ali, and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, a non-profit dedicated to strengthening inter-ethnic cooperation, are helping to organize the event. FFEU is spearheaded by Rabbi Marc Schneier and the hip-hop artist Russell Simmons. Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour wil ...
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Celebrities And Activists Share Letters #ToImmigrantsWithLove On Twitter
Huffington Post - 10 days
Dozens of people on Twitter are writing digital and handwritten love letters for Valentine’s Day, and they’re signing them with #ToImmigrantsWithLove. The letter writing campaign was first launched in December by Define American, a non-profit pro-immigrant organization, and Welcome.us’ I Am An Immigrant movement. On Tuesday, the campaign revived their hashtag for what they’re calling a Day of Action.  The organizations asked supporters to show solidarity with immigrants by recording a video on their website or by writing letters and sharing them on social media using the hashtag #ToImmigrantsWithLove. “There’s never been a more important time in modern U.S. history to stand in solidarity with immigrants across our country,” undocumented activist Jose Antonio Vargas, founder and CEO of Define American, said in a press release. “This campaign comes at a crucial time not only for millions of immigrants who call America home but for the millions of American citizens and permanent ...
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The Grammy Awards 20 Years Ago Were So Typically '90s
Huffington Post - 15 days
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Russell Simmons Hopes ‘The Scenario,’ a Hip-Hop Musical, Has Mass Appeal
NYTimes - 19 days
He is collaborating with Universal Music Group to produce this play about rap’s ascension as a dominant pop-culture force.
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Russell Simmons: Trump is a 'contradiction' to the American dream
CNN - 19 days
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Frank Ocean Sued By Father Over Tumblr Response To Orlando Shooting
Huffington Post - 22 days
In the wake of the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub last summer, Frank Ocean wrote a powerful response to the tragedy on Tumblr, recounting his own experience confronting hatred at an early age. When the singer was only 6 years old, he claimed his father, Calvin Cooksey, directed a homophobic slur at a transgender waitress while the two dined together at a local restaurant. Seven months later, Cooksey has now filed a defamation lawsuit against his son, according to TMZ, seeking $14.5 million in damages. “I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a ‘faggot’ as he dragged me out a neighborhood diner saying we wouldn’t be served because she was dirty,” Ocean wrote. “That was the last afternoon I saw my father and the first time I heard that word, I think, although it wouldn’t shock me if it wasn’t.” Cooksey reportedly claims that Ocean fabricated the incident and that the note cost him business opportunities in film and music. This isn’t the fir ...
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Koko And Mr. Trump: An Underrated Pairing. Sad!
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Reality TV star, tax return hoarder and 45th president of the United States Donald Trump has long enjoyed an unconventional relationship — a kind of ménage à un — with the English language. Unconstrained by the preoccupation with syntax and clarity that hobbles lesser communicators, Mr. Trump is a pioneer in what might be termed a post-coherent style of discourse. In service to this groundbreaking approach to nouns, verbs and adjectives, Mr. Trump relies on a small cache of vague, resonant words strung together in ways that send persnickety guardians of "good grammar" into conniptions. Like his kindred linguistic forebears — Hemingway, Samuel Beckett, Raymond Carver, Sha Na Na's Bowzer — Mr. Trump has whittled his working lexicon down to a sharp, hard point. In the president's case, he then uses that point to stab and slash at inconvenient facts, ivory-tower eggheads, war refugees (and war heroes) and all the women who have accused him of harassment and sexual assault through the ye ...
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Women's March Organizer Targeted By Vicious Islamophobic Attacks Online
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Celebrities React To News Of Alan Thicke's Untimely Death
Huffington Post - 2 months
Alan Thicke, beloved TV actor and star of “Growing Pains,” died on Tuesday after reportedly suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his son Carter. He was 69.  Thicke’s agent, Tracy Mapes, confirmed his death to The Huffington Post. “He was charming, witty, talented, an icon,” Mapes said in a statement. “I was so blessed to have him in my life. Today is a very sad day.” Celebrities who knew and loved Alan took to Twitter to remember the actor and share their condolences.  His former daughter-in-law, Paula Patton, who was married to his son Robin Thicke, shared a quote attributed to Mother Teresa shortly after the news broke:  ❤️ pic.twitter.com/g0fknOd1JR — Paula Patton (@PaulaPattonXO) December 14, 2016 See more celebrity remembrances below:  I'm sad beyond words that Alan Thicke has passed away. I've known you since I was 8 years old… https://t.co/GLXSTK1nd7 — Candace Cameron Bure (@candacecbure) December 14, 2016 ...
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How hip-hop legend Russell Simmons plans to save the world with yoga
LATimes - 3 months
Few people have their finger on the pulse of American culture like hip-hop godfather and fashion-film mogul Russell Simmons. The New York native, who has lived in L.A. for the last three years, co-founded rap’s first major label in the ’80s and went on to distinction in clothing, movie and TV production,...
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Russell Simmons: For Black Comedians, It’s ‘Hollywood So White’
NYTimes - 3 months
The producer of “All Def Comedy” and “Def Comedy Jam,” talks about the shows and about how he hopes to bring new talent to the public.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Russell Simmons
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 57
    In 2015, Simmons criticized his friend, real-estate developer and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in an open letter after Trump called for Muslim immigrants to be barred from entering the United States.
    More Details Hide Details Simmons describes himself as a Christian yogi, with a love and respect for all religions. Simmons practices a method of Yoga known as Jivamukti Yoga, which encourages vegetarianism and social and environmental activism. Simmons is also a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation (TM) and a supporter of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace, which was established to ensure that any child in America who wants to learn and practice TM can do so. Health and Wellness Media Lifestyle Empowerment Simmons has written several books that reflect his experiences in the entertainment business and his personal beliefs.
  • 2013
    Age 55
    In November 2013, he pledged support for New York's mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio in recognition of his support for animal rights.
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  • 2012
    Age 54
    In 2012, Simmons supported Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich's re-election campaign, appearing with the politician at various speaking events.
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  • 2011
    Age 53
    Simmons is also a longtime supporter for gay rights. He encourages marriage equality. In 2011, when the retail corporation Lowe's withdrew funding from the show All-American Muslim, Simmons promised to pay the Learning Channel for any revenue lost.
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    In 2011, he took part in the Occupy Wall Street protests, visiting the protesters at Zuccotti Park often and for many consecutive days.
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    Together with Rabbi Marc Schneier he served as the official patron of the conference held July 2011 in Kiev, Ukraine.
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    Simmons officially endorses the second Muslim Jewish Conference 2011.
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    In a similar vein, Simmons is a supporter of the Somaly Mam Foundation, and was honored at their 2011 gala dinner.
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  • 2009
    Age 51
    In May 2009, he was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Slavery Memorial at the United Nations to honor the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 48
    In March 2006, Simmons announced his divorce from Lee.
    More Details Hide Details Russell Simmons has been vegan since 1999 and advocates Ahimsa and veganism, citing animal rights along with the environmental and health benefits. Simmons is a supporter of Farm Sanctuary, an organization working to end cruelty to farm animals. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals awarded him with the 2001 PETA Humanitarian Award and the 2011 Person of the Year Award. In 2004, Simmons organized thousands of protestors and Hip-Hop celebrities in front of city hall demanding change of the harsh sentencing of the Rockefeller Drug Laws.
  • 2002
    Age 44
    Simmons became Chairman of Board of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding in 2002.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1992
    Age 34
    Simmons met model Kimora Lee in November 1992. They dated for four years and married on December 20, 1998. on the island of Saint Barthélemy.
    More Details Hide Details They have two daughters, Ming Lee (born 2000) and Aoki Lee (born 2002).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1985
    Age 27
    In 1985 Russell Simmons co-produced and appeared in the film, Krush Groove.
    More Details Hide Details Simmons' company, Rush Communications Inc. includes over ten businesses and three non-profits. Simmons, with his partner Stan Lathan, has also produced television hits HBO's Def Comedy Jam, Def Poetry Jam and currently has a development deal with HBO In 1996, Simmons co-produced the hit film The Nutty Professor, starring Eddie Murphy.
  • 1983
    Age 25
    Simmons co-founded Def Jam in 1983 with Rick Rubin who sold his share of the company for $120 million to Universal Music Group in 1996.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1975
    Age 17
    In 1975, after graduating from August Martin High School, Simmons briefly attended the City College of New York in Harlem where he met a young DJ/Bboy, Kurt Walker, who influenced him to participate in the hip-hop phenomenon.
    More Details Hide Details In 2014, Claremont Lincoln University awarded Russell Simmons an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters for his work as chairman of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and for promoting mindfulness, compassion and interreligious collaboration in the public sphere.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Born
    Born on October 4, 1957.
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