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Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man, and Humanizing Our Black Youth

Vincent Intondi | Posted 04.29.2014 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

Sixty-two years ago, Ralph Ellison, who would have been 80-years-old this week, wrote those words, and one cannot help but be reminded of them today. That is because, for many, including most mainstream media, black youth are still not seen as children, friends, or siblings.

What Makes Russell Simmons Happy?

Posted 03.04.2013 | Healthy Living

Russell Simmons talks about the positive act of making positive changes, his connection to kids and his love for yoga. The following is an excerpt fr...

Super Rich

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Russell Simmons

To mark the release of my new book Super Rich: A Guide To Having It All, I went on Twitter and asked a simple question: What would you do if you were Super Rich? The response was immediate, humbling and extremely encouraging.

If Keith Olbermann Goes, So Do We!

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Russell Simmons

Re-instate Keith Olbermann now. I will personally pay his campaign contributions. Don't let this voice get lost when it is needed the most.

Without Young People, Barack Obama Might Still Be a Senator

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

Barack Obama has been a tremendous leader and an inspiration to us all. Young people will always have his back, because he have shown them that they are not only our future, but also they are our present.

Re-Hire Shirley Sherrod Immediately.

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

Shirley Sherrod, who has helped countless farmers keep their land, was accused by Fox of racism based on manipulative editing of a tape of a speech she gave about how she learned that race should never matter in helping the poor.

Social Media Is the New Hip-Hop

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Russell Simmons

Social media is the new hip hop, the new rock and roll, the new equalizer, giving voice to the previously voiceless, the sound and thunder for social justice.

I Am Fed Up!

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Russell Simmons

I was inspired to fund the Peacekeepers -- an initiative that seeks to deter crime in unstable neighborhoods -- after the wave of youth violence that has engulfed our nation. I, like so many community members, am fed up.

The Ugly Head of America

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

The hatred and anger towards Muslims in this country and around the world has gone beyond the tipping point. This is not acceptable. We have to cleanse ourselves of this horrible disease.

The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Russell Simmons

There is a well-documented history of Blacks and Jews standing together on civil rights. But not as much has been said about the creative alliances in business between these two groups.

The Banks Are Bullying the Poor and I'm Not Having It!

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Russell Simmons

Banks seem to spend way too much time trying to gouge our communities and not enough time doing the basic things you'd expect a bank to do. I am ready to do everything I can to drive these sorts of banks out of our neighborhoods.

They Overcame Slavery, They Will Overcome This

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russell Simmons

The Haitian people were the first to be free of slavery, but they have been paying a price ever since. We, as a nation, have drained this beautiful island, but now we have the chance to repair the past.

The Hypocrisy Of The Media

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Russell Simmons

I am amazed at the hypocrisy of the international media's attack on Beyonce for her performance at Nikki Beach in St. Barts over the holidays.

The Indictment of America

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

I'm really afraid that our beloved country, America, is standing on its last wobbly legs. I'm worried that the karmic effects of our negative actions will finally come home to roost.

The New Old Face of Racism

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

Rush Limbaugh, in discussing "the black frame of mind," is using Tiger Woods as an Obama surrogate, using Tiger as a way to say that these men cannot be trusted.

A Message For the New Decade

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

Now more than ever, the 89 percent of this country that is not black is thirsting to buy our products and follow our lead. I don't want to address just 11 percent of the population, I want to speak to 100 percent of America.

We Are the Obama Effect

Sara Haile-Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Sara Haile-Mariam

Derrion Albert's death should resonate from coast to coast, because his early departure represents a lost opportunity; a life that could have given back has been taken.

True Patriots Are Not Silent. They Speak Out.

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

We need more people to speak out and to stand publicly with President Obama. Millions who voted are now way too silent, too passive and too willing to be patient with injustice.

Take the First Step and Support the President

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

We are left with a bill that neither side is incredibly happy about, but from experience, I know it means that it is a good piece of legislation.

Ashley Dupre, Spitzer Call Girl, Lashes Out At Critics, Book Publishers

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Ashley Dupre, the call girl entangled in former-Gov. Eliot Spitzer's sex scandal, lashes out at critics and the media in a new blog post on Global Gri...

David Paterson, The Accidental Governor?

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Russell Simmons

In a year where every single Governor is under fire, and other governors have simply quit (Mrs. Palin?), Governor Paterson is working hard to weather the storm during this difficult economic time.

The Healing Has Begun... U.S. Senate Apologizes For Slavery

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

The effects of slavery on our communities have been devastating. The devastation does not stop because of the apology; however these are words that we all needed to hear.

Winning The War On Terror

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russell Simmons

I was brought to tears by the president's simple, but truthful approach to building a bridge with the Muslim world.

An Open Letter To My Friend Michael Steele

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

Don't let those who are angry in your base guide your choices or let the people to the left of President Obama push your buttons. This is your chance to make history and real change.

The Fight Is Far From Over

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

We are issuing an urgent call for continued action by America's young voters to insure that Obama's leadership is forthrightly supported. The election is over, but the essential work of transformation has just begun.