01/16/2014 11:04 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Russell Simmons Shares His Hope For New York City With NY Peace Week (VIDEO)

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 legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani got the scoop on Peace Week from two of the brains behind it: entrepreneur Russell Simmons and LIFE Camp CEO Erica Ford.

"You may read that New York City violence is down dramatically, but in the target communities, the violence is not down," Simmons said. "The overall city can do well, but there are lots of other people who are struggling."

See the full conversation about NY Peace Week at HuffPost Live HERE:

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