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Je Suis Charlie, but Can We Have a World of Respect?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Last week, I sat next to a French production executive at the Reality TV Awards. Our discussion centered around the attack a couple weeks earlier at the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo and the world outpouring thereafter for free speech.

Open Letter to Young Black Hollywood: Ending Segregation

Russell Simmons | Posted 03.30.2015 | Entertainment
Russell Simmons

As the minority-majority population becomes more of a reality, Hollywood has to go through a metamorphosis. I would guess that most smart executives know this and are looking for the kinds of partnerships that will keep them relevant. We must seize this opportunity and break down the tough walls of segregation in Hollywood.

Dear Governor Cuomo, Fix Our Justice System Now!

Russell Simmons | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Russell Simmons

The change we are asking for will inevitably happen. The only question is when. And for that we turn to you. Governor Cuomo, the floor is yours.

Christopher Mathias

Eric Garner Said ‘I Can't Breathe' 11 Times -- Now Activists Are Making 11 Demands In His Name | Christopher Mathias | Posted 12.12.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- It’s been more than a week since a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict a New York City police officer in the death of Eric Ga...

Bill O'Reilly Spars With Russell Simmons Over Crime In Black Communities

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 12.11.2014 | Media

Bill O'Reilly got in a heated argument with hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons Wednesday night over the recent decisions by grand juries in the United St...

Starve the Vulture: An Interview With Jason Carney

Loren Kleinman | Posted 12.02.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

"People tend to deny their own bravery. Although we clamor for it secretly, everyone wants to be the center of attention for the right reasons. Most people do not believe they have it in them."

Protesters Shut Down Oakland Train Station

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 11.28.2014 | Black Voices

As people nationwide actively boycott big businesses on Black Friday, a group of protesters in California forced a temporary shutdown of a BART train ...

#BlackoutBlackFriday: A National Call To Boycott Black Friday

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.09.2014 | Black Voices

Protests in Ferguson, Missouri, have spread nationwide in the past few days, and activists are continuing to speak out against injustice as they plan ...

I am the Jackie Robinson of Hip Hop Graphic Design!

Brad Puet | Posted 01.10.2015 | Arts
Brad Puet

It was 1987. I had just gotten off work and walked across the Kitsap Mall to Sam Goody to look for this album. I heard that it had just got out and...

Chris Rock Is a F***ing Genius -- You Already Knew That...

Russell Simmons | Posted 12.24.2014 | Entertainment
Russell Simmons

All of us are born with certain talents, but how many of us focus and develop ourselves to our greatest potential?

Miami Music Conference to Help Boys & Girls Club

Reyne Haines | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Reyne Haines

Sean Combs signing Caesarstone speakers at REVOLT Music Conference REVOLT Music Conference offered a weekend filled with entertainment and education...

Digging Into "The Why" of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation with Danny Simmons

Brandon Deroche | Posted 11.23.2014 | Impact
Brandon Deroche

With this weekend being their annual Gold Rush Awards fundraiser in New York, I caught up with Danny to learn the story of how Rush began.

Never Once Have I Imagined My Daughters Ever Going To Prison

Russell Simmons | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Russell Simmons

In the state of California, we now spend $62,300 per prison inmate per year while only $9,200 to educate a child in a K-12 school. If that statistic doesn't disturb you, consider this: Since 1984, the state has built 22 state prisons while only one new University of California school.

The Most Important Man You've Never Heard of

Azeem Khan | Posted 10.26.2014 | Entertainment
Azeem Khan

In the 30 years, hip hop music has gone from a small genre of music that got no radio play to a cultural phenomenon that you can find traces of on every part of our planet.

World Exclusive: The 2014 Revolt Music Conference

Azeem Khan | Posted 10.17.2014 | Entertainment
Azeem Khan

Last year, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, a man who needs little introduction, decided to launch a music-oriented digital television network, REVOLT TV, dedicated to offering music videos, entertainment, and pop culture news.

The Ferguson Solution

Russell Simmons | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Russell Simmons

Police in general get a bad rap, and the vast majority are good, loyal souls. But their training and the institutional mentality they come from often leads to a warped perspective of how they function within communities that they do not live in.

For My Daughter and Other African-American Kids

Russell Simmons | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business
Russell Simmons

Most people think of me as the "godfather of hip-hop," and believe me, I'm proud of that title, but I know that one of my most important contribution in business has been providing a financial service for millions of Americans.

Jae Jin's House of Cards

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 08.27.2014 | Entertainment
Kristin Meekhof

In May of 2013, Jae Jin was a 28-year-old doing community outreach for a Baltimore non-profit agency when a friend encouraged him to audition for a sm...

Rapper Warren G: Judge Performers By Their Music, Not Their Sexuality

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 08.24.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

When Warren G first topped charts in 1994 with his inescapable hit "Regulate," featuring fellow West Coast rapper Nate Dogg, hip hop was no place for gays. In recent years, that has started to change... slowly.

Suze Orman Nixes Her Prepaid Debit Card; It Appears Her Dream of Helping Millions to Establish and Build Credit Is Dead

Curtis Arnold | Posted 08.21.2014 | Business
Curtis Arnold

Despite the closure of the Approved card, Orman deserves to be commended for her noble attempt to make positive changes to the credit reporting system.

Russell Simmons On The Connection Between Yoga And Success

OWN | Posted 06.13.2014 | OWN

For decades, Russell Simmons has been a busy man building an empire, from co-founding Def Jam Recordings to creating the Phat Farm fashion line. But ...

Art Through The Eyes Of A Legend: Danny Simmons

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 08.12.2014 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

The Simmons family has shown us firsthand that art, literature, music (even rap), business and politics can co-exist with the proper support system.

Celebrating Our Oprah: The Queen of Consciousness

Russell Simmons | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Russell Simmons

Like it or not, celebrities have some of the loudest voices in this country. And if only a fraction of them could use their voices to articulate the power of consciousness, tolerance and compassion the way Oprah has, then we could truly begin to realize our collective potential.

5 Questions for Russell Simmons

Yoga Journal | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Yoga Journal

It may surprise some that hip-hop luminary (founder of Def Jam records and Phat Farm clothing) Russell Simmons is also a longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation.

7 Women Who Helped Take Their Men To The Next Level

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.20.2014 | Black Voices

The late great Jackie Robinson once wisely wrote, “It’s an old saying -- but a true one -- that behind every successful man there is usually a wom...