Paul Shepard of the Canadian Press spent the day with Russell Simmons who just happened to have a near bust-up with Conrad Muhammad, a former Nation of Islam minister and radio show host who runs an organization devoted to cleaning up rap lyrics. Simmons shouted, “Who the — are you threatening!!!?” The two, who have a lot of history, stood nose to nose before they were pried apart by bystanders at a book party he was hosting for Ilyasah Shabazz, who has written a memoir of her father, Malcolm X.
Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com reports JC Chasez, Heidi Klum, Foxy Brown, Russell Simmons, and others were amongst the hundreds of celebrities and fans at Eugene’s nightclub on West 24th last night for a party thrown by Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs. Friedman reports Puffy is close to inking a deal that would bring his currently homeless Bad Boy label to Sony. Read more.
The New York Daily News reports Russell Simmons had some harsh words on Marc Jacobs taking home the Menswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America at the first Urban Fashion Awards Show at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Simmons said, “Nothing against Marc, but [CFDA nominee] Puffy has probably sold more underwear than Marc has sold of anything, ever.” Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs took home three UFA trophies that mother Janice accepted on his behalf.
WireImage.com has photos of Jay-Z, Big Tigger, Russell Simmons, Run DMC, Chuck D of Public Enemy, and Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs at the Mobilization for Education Hip Hop Summit Action Network’s protest of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed education budget cuts on Tuesday in New York City. Check out the pictures from WireImage.com.
The New York Daily News spoke with Island/Def Jam record and Phat Farm clothing mogul Russell Simmons on the upcoming hip hop backed protest of New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed school cuts of at least $205 million. Simmons explained it was Sex in the City star Cynthia Nixon who urged the hip hop community’s involvement after her recent arrest from an earlier protest. Simmons said, “The more I learned, the more disturbed I got. The kids don’t have desks, they don’t have books. The music programs are gone. The teachers are underpaid.”
Jay-Z, Ja Rule, Mos Def, Fat Joe, Wu-Tang Clan, Ashanti and Dead Prez have joined the protest against New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed $1 billion in educational cuts, reports MTV News. The stars will join Russell Simmons, minister Benjamin Muhammad, Al Sharpton, “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon and thousands of students, teachers and parents to voice their objection to Bloomberg’s plans at City Hall on June 4th.
Russell Simmons and his brother, The Rev. Run, formerly of Run-DMC, were on WGN-TV Morning News on Thursday morning, where Russell aggresively hyped his clothing line Phat Farm Clothing. He also talked about working with DMX, Ja Rule, Beastie Boys, and Public Enemy. At the end they did a tribute to Rev. Run by having one of the other anchors doing a stiff white man rap. The video clip at wgntv.feedroom.com has since been removed.
Launch.com reports Nas launched into verbal attacks of Jay-Z, as well as R. Kelly and Russell Simmons. Nas’s DJ played an accelerated version of Jay-Z’s “Hard Knock Life.” While a hype man ripped up a Jay-Z poster–at which the crowd cheered. He later referenced R. Kelly’s rape allegations: “We ain’t touching no little kids on stage. It ain’t no ‘Best Of Both Worlds’.”
Word has it that Madison Square Garden has denied LIFEbeat, the music industry’s AIDS foundation, from holding a concert at the Garden’s 5,600-seat theater for the April 9 benefit. Because of this, the concert’s only other option is a 2,900-seat Beacon theater. Sources tell the New York Daily News that the move is due to security concerns. Jay-Z, R. Kelly and Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs are scheduled to be on the bill, with Jamie Foxx hosting and Russell Simmons as chairman. The move has members of LIFEBeat’s board upset.
Radio 1 had a documentary of the hip hop scene in New York following the terror attacks that devastated the city on September 11. Featured in the documentary are Russell Simmons, Fat Joe, Funkmaster Flex, the Wu Tang Clan, and Mobb Deep. The audio and slideshow feature has since been removed from bbc.co.uk/radio1.