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Russell Simmons

Celebrating Our Oprah: The Queen of Consciousness

Russell Simmons | Posted 04.16.2014 | 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 04.02.2014 | 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...

17 Days Left to Change the World!

Russell Simmons | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Russell Simmons

Barack Obama, our president, put his entire presidency on the line during his first year in office to reform our broken health care system. After a long, hard-fought battle, he delivered on his campaign promise to create affordable health care that would give every American a chance to live a healthy and productive life.

Hip-Hop Mogul Aims To Bring Meditation To Chicago Schools

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons had a surprising message for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel during his Thursday appearance on HuffPost Live. Simmons, who...

Russell Simmons Shares His Secret To Lasting Happiness

Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living

Morning meditation and late-night drinking are pretty much on opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to de-stressing, but entrepreneur and autho...

Kimora Lee Simmons Is Married Again, According To Her Ex-Husband Russell Simmons

Posted 02.21.2014 | Celebrity

So apparently, Kimora Lee Simmons is married again, and the news has been announced by none other than her ex-husband, Russell Simmons. He spilled the...

Hip-Hop Icon: I'll Be 'Rooting' For Michael Sam In The NFL

Posted 02.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Hip-hop icon Russell Simmons has joined the ever-growing list of celebrities and public figures to praise college football player and NFL prospect Mic...

WATCH: Russell Simmons Talks NY Peace Week

Posted 01.25.2014 | New York

January 15 marked the beginning of this year's edition of NY Peace Week, a seven-day effort to tame violence on New York City streets in honor of the ...

Mike Bloomberg Delivered for New York City

Russell Simmons | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Russell Simmons

I certainly had my fair share of differences, both publicly and privately, with Mayor Bloomberg. But, through it all, I remained a loyal supporter, because I respected his independence and I knew his heart was in the right place.

Governor Cuomo, the Animal Rights Community Is Counting On You!

Russell Simmons | Posted 02.26.2014 | New York
Russell Simmons

With only a few days left in the legislative session, we urgently need Governor Cuomo to sign a game-changing bill that gives local governments and citizens more ability to regulate puppy mills in their communities.

Barack the Polls! Obama Keep Raising Hell!

Russell Simmons | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Russell Simmons

History will judge this president not just for being the first black president, but for being the president that began our nation's course toward a more progressive union.

Ted Cruz Was Right, for Once

Russell Simmons | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Russell Simmons

As the only United States senator to attend yesterday's memorial service for Nelson Mandela, he did the right thing. Showing respect to one of the great men this world has ever witnessed, Senator Cruz understands the importance of history.

Kanye West Is A Genius, And Here's Proof

Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

Kanye West hasn't been shy about lauding his own professional accomplishments, regularly calling himself a genius and comparing himself to the likes o...

All the Fake Democrats Please Take a Seat!

Russell Simmons | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Russell Simmons

I thought I knew where most Democrats stood. I thought they stood on the side of the poor, the elderly, the disenfranchised, and all of those struggling to stay afloat during some very difficult economic times. But, then came a website.

Whoa New York Times, You Need to Hold Your Horses!

Russell Simmons | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Russell Simmons

My question for you, New York Times, is how can you allow such strong voices such as corporations that promote war, destroy the environment, lobby for assault weapons, etc., and yet take issue when those that fight for animals give them a voice?

The 'True Man' Show: Is Reality TV Worth the Risk?

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Shira Hirschman Weiss

I recently wrote about this past summer's 15th season of Big Brother, which aired on CBS and garnered more viewership than prior seasons.

Tell the Tea Party to Take a Seat!

Russell Simmons | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Russell Simmons

If the Republicans, specifically the members of the Tea Party, want to play games with our economy, he shouldn't give them an inch. Tell the Tea Party that they can't hijack our government and to take a seat. Stand strong, Mr. President, we got your back.

Russell Simmons: 'I've Done More For Blacks In Fashion And Gay Rights' Than You

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices

In case you missed it, Andre Leon Talley and Russell Simmons are engulfed in a fashion-fueled feud. It all started when ALT told The Grio that Rus...

Applauding The President's Courageous Choice

Russell Simmons | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Russell Simmons

For anyone to call Obama "weak" or a "wimp" because he is more confident in his words than the war machine, I would ask you to remember the mistake of Iraq. I applaud the president for his restraint.

Mr. President, Don't Do It!

Russell Simmons | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Russell Simmons

Mr. President, our country's recent history makes it very difficult for you to obtain the world's approval that we should attack Syria based on any sort of moral authority. Yes, if Assad in fact is responsible for the gassing of his own people, he should be punished, but we cannot be the only ones threatening him. After the debacle in Iraq, and the countless times our country has watched other nations kill their own people in acts of genocide, many people around the world and even within our country no longer look at America as a symbol of morality. If we are to act against Syria, let us first build a global alliance with our allies and even with our so-called enemies that brings all parties to the table for the possibility of peace in that country and ultimately in that region of the world. This is a chance to show your extraordinary diplomatic skills, a fresh change from the bomb-first, ask questions later, approach of the past.

WATCH: Don Lemon And Russell Simmons Face Off

Posted 08.30.2013 | Black Voices

After exchanging verbal assaults towards each other in recent weeks stemming from controversial points made by Bill O’Reilly in outlining what Black...

Russell Simmons Features Queer Poet Yazmin Monet Watkins

A.J. Walkley | Posted 10.23.2013 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

The media is a powerful tool that has the ability to shape and form public opinion. When She Smiles is one of the first few poetry videos released on All Def Poetry and I am beyond pleased that the bar has been set with queer content.

Harriet Tubman Sex Tape? Too Soon

Leighann Lord | Posted 10.20.2013 | Black Voices
Leighann Lord

Russell Simmons' YouTube channel, All Def Digital, posted a video last week called the "Harriet Tubman Sex Tape." When this story first flashed across...

Don't Mess With Harriet Tubman

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Victoria A. Brownworth

The questions raised by Russell Simmons' "Harriet Tubman sex tape" and also by the "Slap Hillary" video game (which, unlike the sex tape, is still up) are simple and succinct: Why is violence against women a joke to men? Why is disrespecting female historical figures OK?