Video: Russell Simmons Responds to Kid Cudi’s Comments on Hip-Hop

Written by Nigel D. / 03.27.14

Kid Cudi had strong words about the state of hip-hop when Arsenio had him on the show. Russell Simmons responded to those remarks and offered his personal perspective on the use of the N-word and what we truly need to focus our concerns on.

Video: Kid Cudi Speaks On What Aspect Of Hip Hop Is “Holding Us Back As A Culture”

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Audio: The Combat Jack Show – The Russell Simmons Episode

Written by Nigel D. / 03.11.14

The Godfather of this whole damb thing, Rush broke bread reflecting on his time as a gang member, small time drug dealer, how Hip Hop saved his life, why DJ Hollywood should be remembered in the rap history books, why Diddy is the man he his today, Rick Rubin, Lyor Cohen, Dame Dash, how he’s not hung up on the word “nigga”…. so much covered that we had to end it with a lesson in meditation, literally. I’ve seen a lot in my life, but I never thought I’d see the day when a real life rap yogi would be walking us down memory lane.
via Combat Jack

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Video: Russell Simmons On The Breakfast Club

Written by Nigel D. / 03.07.14

Russell Simmons speaks on his new book about Yoga, Def Jam, The N-Word and more with The Breakfast Club.

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Video: Don Lemon And Russell Simmons Discuss The State Of African-American Culture

Written by Nigel D. / 08.24.13

CNN’s Don Lemon and Russell Simmons talk about their disagreements on the state of African-American culture.

Video: Don Lemon Agrees With Bill O’Reilly & Lists 5 Things Black People Should Do To Improve Communities
Russell Simmons Writes A Letter In Response To CNN’s Don Lemon
Video: CNN’s Don Lemon Responds To Russell Simmons’ Open Letter

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Video: Russell Simmons Speaks On The Harriet Tubman Sextape Parody

Written by Nigel D. / 08.20.13

Russell Simmons speaks on his, “All Def Digital,” youtube channel and the controversy over the Harriet Tubman sextape parody.

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Video: CNN’s Don Lemon Responds To Russell Simmons’ Open Letter

Written by Nigel D. / 08.11.13

Don Lemon responds to Russell Simmons’ open letter which was a reaction to this CNN segment.

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Russell Simmons Writes A Letter In Response To CNN’s Don Lemon

Written by Nigel D. / 08.04.13


Russell Simmons wrote this letter on Global Grind in response to Don Lemon’s recent segment on the troubles in black communities.

Dear Don,

If you want to tell the rest of America this weekend when you go back on CNN how we fix black America, tell them to re-start the “War on Poverty.” Tell them to end the failed “War on Drugs” that has cost this nation over one trillion dollars and unjustly incarcerated a generation of black men. Tell them to support the President’s plan for universal Pre-K, so no child enters elementary school having to play catch up with the other children who are fortunate enough to go to pre-school. Tell them make college affordable and obtainable for young students who come from low-income families. Tell them that the right to a healthy life should be universal and not just for the fortunate few. And lastly, tell them that young black men and women don’t just need “role models” or “mentors,” they need “sponsors” who are willing to offer them a job.

I want the black kids to grow up and be like you. I want them to know that their imagination is god inside of them and I want all kids, but especially black kids, to have the freedom to dream as well to create their own language. After all, without their jazz, blues, rock n’ roll and now their hip-hop, America wouldn’t even have a language of its own, much less a culture.
- Russell Simmons (Full Letter)

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