The ‘Red Dragon’ premiere and after-party at the Hudson Hotel saw celebs such as Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, Salma Hayek and boyfriend Ed Norton, Russell Simmons and wife Kimora, and Heidi Klum in attendance. Check out after-party pictures at WireImage.com.
Launch.com reports Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs will endorse Democratic nominee and current New York state comptroller Carl McCall for governor of New York. Combs will join Russell Simmons and former gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Cuomo in endorsing McCall’s bid to become the state’s first black governor. McCall already has the distinction of being the only black candidate ever elected to a statewide office in New York.
LFI has photos of Bruce Willis, Cynthia Nixon and Russell Simmons holding a press conference to urge New York Governor George Pataki to follow a court ruling that says doling out school aid shortchanges New York City students on Thursday (September 19).
The Globe reports Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs is so confident that his Bad Boy Records label will sell more than 15 million copies by its artists in the next year, he’s made a bet with fellow rap moguls Master P, Russell Simmons, and Jermaine Dupri that his label will be #1 in CD sales within the next 12 months, and if not, he’ll buy each of them brand-new Rolls-Royces. If he does get the sales target, they each have to buy him any car he wants.
AllHipHop.com has comments from several rappers on the events of September 11, 2001 including Mystic, Scarface, 8 Ball, 50 Cent, Skillz, Russell Simmons’ wife Kimora Lee Simmons, and Skillz. The comments aren’t as politically correct as other’s we’ve seen the last few days. “The United States as a whole has been oppressing people and killing innocent people for a long, long time and these are facts. You can only beat someone down before they stand up and say ‘hell no,'” Mystic said. “What some people are fighting for is much different than anything we know. We don’t understand what it’s like fighting to eat, fighting just to live.”
Russell Simmons and Ben Muhammed of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network challenged what they called the inaccuracies of The Los Angeles Times article concerning Tupac Shakur. The two items in question are that Notorious B.I.G. was in Las Vegas on the night of the shooting of Tupac and that he paid money and supplied the weapon for the murder of Tupac. Read more.
WireImage.com has photos of Fat Joe, Russell Simmons, and Wu-Tang Clan at the taping of BET’s “In The Basement” on the Events of 9/11 at the BET Studios in New York City on Wednesday (September 4). Check out the pictures here.
BeThere.tv was there for the showing of Sean John’s Fall 2002 collection. Included were comments from Gisele Bundchen, Fabolous, Mo Vaughn, Russell Simmons, Tara Reid, Paris Hilton, and of course Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs while most of it was highlights of the fashion collection itself. BeThere.tv has since shut down.
Rock The Vote and the NAACP joined forces with Russell Simmons and Def Jam Recording to mobilize urban youth into political activity for the 2002 elections with “Rap The Vote” re-launch. The event took place at the Island Def Jam Conference Room in New York City on Tuesday (August 20). Check out photos from WireImage.com.