Russell Simmons Discusses Hip Hop’s Influence In Corporate America

Hip hop has a hold on everything from music to fashion and has become one of corporate America’s most valuable tools. CBS News correspondent Alexis Christoforous talked with entrepreneur Russell Simmons about his business success and work with the Hip Hop Summit Action Network. “They’re making choices for everyone, you know, the hip hop community,” Russell said. “They are the forefront of American style, culture.” Watch the segment below the fold.

Diddy & The Stars Transform Macy’s For Christmas

Macy’s new Christmas commercial features an all-star cast including Usher, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Donald Trump, Jessica Simpson, Martha Stewart, Kenneth Cole, Marc Ecko, Kimora Lee Simmons, Russell Simmons, Tommy Hilfiger, Emeril Lagasse, and Tyler Florence teaming up to transform the store. The commercial tag line: “Only one star can bring all these stars home for the holidays. That’s the magic of Macy’s” Watch it at Macy’s TV.

Master P’s Open Letter To Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson

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Rapper-entrepreneur Master P released an open letter in response to comments made by Curtis Jackson at a recent BET press conference. COURTESY NAIJAHIPHOP.ORG HERE IS HIS LETTER


Curtis Jackson’s comment motivated me. There are a lot of immature people in the world. Oprah Winfrey is absolutely right, we need to grow up and be responsible for our own actions. I paid for Curtis’s first rap tour through the south. He was such a humble guy at the time.

Hip Hop Cleaning Up

Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Thursday night, “The big time hip-hop promoter Russell Simmons has suggested the recording industry ban the words ‘bitches’ and ‘hos’. You know what that means for rappers – no more love songs.”

Russell Simmons Visits ‘The O’Reilly Factor’

Rap music mogul Russell Simmons wants 3 words banned from sons on the clean versions of rap songs and visited ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ to discuss his proposal.

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Russell Simmons On ‘Doing You’

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He is an icon. There’s no other way to describe Russell Simmons and his 25 plus year career as an entrepreneur that has included the founding of Def Jam Records, Phat Farm clothing, the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, and numerous philanthropic organizations. Simmons released his latest book, Do You: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success, this week, and I sat down with him to talk about the book, as well as his thoughts on the 2008 election, and why he sees rappers as being more charitable than a lot of politicians. For the full interview, visit

Simmons Says 3 Epithets Should Be Banned

The Associated Press reports hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons said Monday that the recording and broadcast industries should consistently ban three racial and sexist epithets from all so-called clean versions of rap songs and the airwaves.

Kevin Liles Birthday Party

Irv Gotti, Jay-Z, Russell Simmons, T.I., and Wyclef Jean attended Kevin Liles Birthday Party on February 26th at Lyor Cohen’s private residence in New York City. Check out pictures from WireImage.