The CBS Early Show had Russell Simmons on Thursday morning to talk about ‘Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway’ which he opened later that day in New York. They also showed highlights of the play from a preview performance. Russell says bringing spoken word to broadway was a natural step. He says the diverse racial and geographical backgrounds of the poets wasn’t by design. Jam Master Jay also plays a part in the play, and Simmons also commented on his legacy. Watch the interview here.
The New York Daily News reports Russell Simmons has been singled out by Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs in his latest party fashion edict. “Men must wear suits and ladies, sexy dresses only” reads the invite to Puffy’s birthday party at the Supper Club Monday night. “Even you, Russell Simmons, must wear a suit.” A spokesman for Simmons told the Daily News, “Well, Russell’s label, Phat Farm, just came out with suits this year, so he’ll probably wear one of those.” Read more.
Actor Bruce Willis, actress Annabella Sciorra, Art Start spokesman Cris Rolle and Hip Hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons attended a media conference at Art Start on Thursday (November 14) in New York City. Willis and Simmons have donated a state of the art recording studio to Art Start, an effort to bring arts to children in homeless shelters.
Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons stopped by the WB11 to talk about the sudden and tragic murder of Run-DMC DJ Jam Master Jay, the fund he has set up for Jay’s family, and other topics including his involvement in the Def Poetry Jam. Video at wpix.feedroom.com has since been removed.
Russell Simmons commented on the death of Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay to the Associated Press earlier today. “Jam Master Jay was a longtime family man and one of the founders of the group that knocked down all the doors for hip-hop, and a dear friend of mine. I loved him,” said a devastated Simmons. “I will miss him. He is irreplaceable.”
The New York Post hears that Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs got down on his knees at a Miami nightclub and apologized to Kimora Lee Simmons, wife of Russell Simmons and mother of two, over a long-simmering slight.
Hip hop fans can have lunch with Russell Simmons. Get to know the man leading a multi-million dollar media conglomerate, who brought hip-hop culture into America’s mainstream. See what it’s like to be a legend over lunch at Nobu in New York City. Travel not included. This experience has a current bid price of $650, and includes a one-night stay provided by Hilton Hotels. The auction ends on Monday and proceeds benefit Communities In Schools–National Network. Find out more and bid at missionfish.com.
Several stars were at the premiere of ‘Brown Sugar’ at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City on Monday (October 7), including Treach, Fat Joe, Russell Simmons, Ed Lover, and Angie Martinez. Check out pictures from WireImage.com.
Big Pictures had photos, since removed, of the Happy 45th Birthday party for Def Jam CEO Russell Simmons. He was joined by wife Kimora Lee Simmons and rapper Trina, where they celebrated at Jimmyz at the Forge restaurant in Miami Beach, Florida on Friday (October 4).