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  Gale - Free Resources - Black History - Biographies - Russell Simmons
Simmons is insistent on presenting rap images that are true to the tough urban streets from which rap arose; as a result, his groups don such recognizable street garb as fl leather clothes, high-top sneakers, hats, and gold chains.
Simmons grew up in a middle-class neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, and as a youth was himself involved with a street gang.
Simmons distances himself from censoring the content of his rap groups' songs, telling George that "rap is an expression of the attitudes of the performers and their audience." He does, however, ultimately uphold rappers as positive role models for many fl youths.
www.galegroup.com /free_resources/bhm/bio/simmons_r.htm   (1030 words)

  Who Made America? | Innovators | Russell Simmons
1957, Queens, NY The name Simmons chose for his new label reflected the fusion of the new music he promoted: "def" was hip-hop slang for cool, while "jam" referred to the freewheeling breakouts of classic jazz.
Simmons took his promotion of African American creative talent to television, producing a cable program, "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam." It ran for seven years, launching a generation of fl comedians including Bernie Mac, Chris Rock, and Martin Lawrence.
Russell Simmons took the cultural expression of an impoverished minority and innovated it as a business; by harnessing its economic power, he made it a pervasive element of contemporary life.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/theymadeamerica/whomade/simmons_hi.html   (589 words)

 Russell Simmons, Entrepreneurial Skills Article - Inc. Article
At the ripe old age of 21, Russell Simmons flew coach to Amsterdam with a rising rap star named Kurtis Blow--on a mission to share with the world a little thing called hip-hop.
For Simmons, the turning point came much earlier, with a small sign of respect that convinced a kid from Queens, N.Y., that he could chart his own course in the business world.
Simmons is reluctant to wax philosophical on his role as an accidental motivator but is happy to be playing a part in what he calls "the dramatic shift in consciousness." "I'm not telling people anything that's a shock," he says.
www.inc.com /magazine/20040401/25simmons.html   (629 words)

 CMT.com : Russell Simmons : Biography
Russell Simmons is the most important businessman in the history of rap music.
Simmons was the entrepreneur who shepherded rap music into big business, gradually building his own communications company into the largest fl-owned enterprise in the industry.
Simmons continued to branch out into other business ventures: In 1992, he launched Phat Farm, a successful men's clothing line; it later spawned a female companion, Baby Phat, which was overseen by onetime supermodel Kimora Lee (who eventually married Simmons in 1999).
www.cmt.com /artists/az/simmons_russell/bio.jhtml   (889 words)

 Russell Simmons Presents: Hip Hop Justice on Courttv.com
Russell Simmons is a master visionary who has long shaped the cutting edge of hip-hop- America 's most compelling cultural explosion of the latter 20th century.
Russell's desire to make hip-hop an even more dominant force in American media was also advanced by several ground-breaking films which he brought to the screen.
Russell's interests extend far beyond the business world, and he spends a great deal of his time and considerable energy working for social, political, and philanthropic causes, pushing hip-hop on to new plateaus of power and relevance.
www.courttv.com /onair/hiphop_justice/russell_simmons_bio.html   (960 words)

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Simmons is insistent on presenting rap images that are true to the tough urban streets from which rap arose; as a result, his groups don such recognizable street garb as fl leather clothes, high-top sneakers, hats, and gold chains.
Simmons distances himself from censoring the content of his rap groups' songs, telling George that "rap is an expression of the attitudes of the performers and their audience." He does, however, ultimately uphold rappers as positive role models for many fl youths.
Simmons hopes to break people's dependence on pricey check-cashing agencies by allowing their paychecks or other funds to be transferred to the card.
www.topblacks.com /business/russell-simmons.htm   (4675 words)

 Russell Simmons Talks Diamonds in South Africa
Russel simmons is the owner of simmons jewelry company and naturally has an interest in the new movie, "blood diamonds", and the movie not causing too much negative affect on the diamond industry.
simmons may be benefiting in the same way, we will only know if his company opens up with regards to his profit ratio vs what the africans are receiving for their diamonds.
Russell simmons knew his history he would have known that the same boers that gained control over orange free state during the two boer wars is the same boers that work side-by-side with europe to exploit africa's minerals.
www.nobodysmiling.com /hiphop/news/87025.php   (1583 words)

 Why The Attack On Russell Simmons?- Global Black News (African American News)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The answer is very simple: Russell Simmons has serious money in the bank and he is now involving himself in politics and the handpicked Black politicians, who work in the interest of New York whites, are losing ground to him.
Russell Simmons in his fight to rid the state of the harsh drug laws and in his past political actions has shown that he is a serious Black politician.
Russell Simmons is what whites use to call the Blacks they could not control, an "independent Negro." Booker T. Washington was such a Negro.
www.globalblacknews.com /RussellSimmons.html   (952 words)

 Russell Simmons - New Black Leader? - Global Black News (African American News)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Either the king makers have peeped Simmons' ability to use his influence over urban youth as leverage in his business and political ventures and they want to control him, or the severity of the US economic recession deems it time to send in the clowns.
Russell Simmons and his Hip Hop Summit Action Network have orchestrated several very high profile, massive political rallies in New York City, using his connections in the entertainment industry to get mega-stars like P. Diddy, Mariah Carey, 50 cent, LL Cool J, Jay Z and Alicia Keys to attend and draw thousands of Black youth.
Simmons and his star-studded entourage put on a good show but have yet to present a clear political program of action and vision for Black people.
www.globalblacknews.com /DefSham.html   (1719 words)

 russell simmons
Russell Simmons was raised, along with his older brother, Danny, and younger brother, Joey, in Hollis, Queens, a middle class neighborhood which was beginning to show signs of deterioration.
Today, Russell Simmons is known as the "Godfather of Hip Hop" and has brought hip-hop music, along with the urban culture it represents, to the American mainstream.
Russell, along with partner Rick Rubin, built their record label, Def Jam, into a leading force in the record industry before Russell sold his share of the company to Universal Music for $120 million in 1999.
www.lemonadestories.com /defjam.html   (720 words)

 RUSSELL SIMMONS   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Simmons has long been associated with shaping the cutting edge of hip-hop – America’s most compelling cultural explosion of the latter 20th century.
Simmons founded Phat Farm, a sportswear brand that capitalized on the enormous fashion influence wielded by hip-hop teens, and has been dubbed the “Gap of hip-hop” by New York Magazine.
Simmons recently was honored by the Israeli Consulate at the Jewish Community Relations Council/Jewish National Fund Annual Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., held at the home of Israeli Consul General Alon Pinkas.
www.ffeu.org /russell_simmons.htm   (337 words)

 Understanding Russell Simmons' Political Positioning
Russell Simmons recognized the intersection between Hip-Hop culture and the existing comedy industry and developed Def Comedy Jam establishing a leadership position in a market that was both underserved and underdeveloped.
Russell Simmons is a player, a real name with some pull, but he certainly is not a monopolistic power broker bringing the dollars, winning issues, and votes that earn their (professional politicos) attention and obeisance.
Russell Simmons, who is one of the fathers of hip-hop, is attempting to put a political spin on the hip-hop movement...In the last few years, Russell has become more political.
www.daveyd.com /commentaryrussellsimmonsced.html   (4042 words)

 :: MVRemix Interviews - Russell Simmons ::
Proudly flipping through his many wallet photos of wife Kimora Lee Simmons and daughters Ming Lee and Aoki Lee, he mentions in passing that one -- of Kimora and Ming -- was on the cover of a parenting magazine.
Russelll Simmons is undoubtedly a restless soul: His eyes frequently scan his surroundings and he has a habit of tapping his foot.
Simmons is arguably best known for Def Jam Records, which he co-founded with Rick Rubin in the late '70s.
www.mvremix.com /urban/interviews/russelsimmons.shtml   (552 words)

Russell Simmons said, “We had a spectacular series of charitable events at this year's ART FOR LIFE Palm Beach.
Russell Simmons and his celebrity guests, RSMG recording artists Black Buddafly, participated in a question and answer session to discuss the transformative power of the Arts and how tapping into one’s imagination can lead to a successful future.
Founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph Simmons, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation is dedicated to providing disadvantaged urban youth with significant exposure and access to the arts, as well as providing exhibition opportunities to under-represented artists and artists of color.
www.rushphilanthropic.org /Content/main.aspx?pageid=53   (1192 words)

 Russell Simmons raising money for Africa - Boston.com
Simmons recently returned from a 9-day fact finding mission to South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique researching how the diamond industry, in conjunction with Simmons Jewelry Company, can empower the lives of African people and communities where diamonds are a natural resource.
Simmons' recent visit to South Africa and Botswana to tour diamond mines and factories coincides with efforts by human rights groups to raise awareness about so-called conflict diamonds, which have fueled and funded wars in Africa.
Simmons isn't new to the role of activist, having created the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network in 2001 to engage young people in community development issues.
www.boston.com /ae/music/articles/2006/12/06/russell_simmons_raising_money_for_africa   (496 words)

 Freshout Media » Russell Simmons’ Hip Hop Summit
So I unfortunately wasn’t able to make it out to Russel Simmons’ Hip Hop Summit at U. Penn’s Irvine Auditorium last Wednesday, but after reading Kia Gregory’s synopsis on it in today’s PW I felt compelled to speak on it.
Simmons’ goal is to spend the summer registering 10,000 of Philly’s hip-hop voters, ages 18 to 35…which is respectable without a doubt that he’s doing such a campaign.
Isn’t there a disconnect when the majority of what you hear from Simmons’ artists is lust for material bullshit, and then you have them saying, “Young people, get out and register to vote!” The man’s taking a step in the right direction, don’t get me wrong.
www.freshoutmedia.com /life/russell-simmons-hip-hop-summit-in-philly   (327 words)

 Russell Simmons - Baltimore Worldwide Speakers Bureau
Russell Simmons is a master visionary who has long shaped the cutting edge of hip-hop.
The Russell Simmons Music Group will be headed up with Tony Austin as president, and the label will debut later this year with new albums by Simmons' brother Reverend Run (Joseph Simmons) and Buddafly, an R&B group comprised of three sisters.
Simmons and his ventures are driven by a personal and corporate belief that hip-hop is an enormously influential agent for social change, which must be responsibly and proactively utilized to fight the war on poverty and ignorance.
www.baltimorespeakersbureau.com /RussellSimmons.html   (430 words)

 Russell Simmons, Unplugged, Charlie Rose Interviews The 'Godfather Of Hip-Hop' - CBS News
All combined, the Simmons empire is generating nearly half a billion dollars a year in sales -- sales driven by kids in the suburbs, not the inner city.
And Simmons was the man who introduced those kids to some of the biggest names in rap.
Simmons, ever the salesman, couldn’t resist interrupting his interview to try to sign up a few new customers.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2004/02/09/60II/main598970.shtml   (1802 words)

 Russell Simmons, Kimora Lee break up - Boston.com
The marriage of hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and his model-turned-entrepreneur wife, Kimora Lee, has come to an end.
Simmons is head of Rush Communications, but is perhaps better known as the co-founder of Def Jam Records and for his Phat Farm clothing line.
Over the years, Kimora Lee Simmons has become almost as famous as her husband, thanks to her successful Baby Phat clothing line and her glamorous diva persona, which has been documented in numerous magazine spreads.
www.boston.com /ae/celebrity/articles/2006/03/31/russell_simmons_kimora_lee_break_up   (300 words)

 Race Matters - Russell Simmons   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Simmons, in response, sued the state, arguing that he was unfairly singled out for exercising his free-speech rights.
Simmons and Rubin sold Def Jam in 1999 to Universal Music Group for an estimated $130 million, according to The New York Times.
Simmons said he lost money on the venture for the first six years and now annual revenue is about $300 million.
www.racematters.org /russellsimmons.htm   (849 words)

 USATODAY.com - Russell Simmons returning to Def Jam   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Simmons announced Wednesday that he will head the Russell Simmons Music Group, a joint label with Island Def Jam Music Group.
Simmons had reportedly feuded with Reid when Reid took over the label last year, and had questioned Reid's hip-hop credibility, but they say that is now water under the bridge.
"Russell Simmons is one of the guiding spirits and musical godfathers of hip-hop in America and around the world," Reid said in a statement.
www.usatoday.com /life/people/2005-04-15-simmons_x.htm   (386 words)

 HHNLive.com - Features - The HHNLive.com Interview: Russell Simmons
Russell: The reason why I want to build was because I got this artist named Jinx and he kinda inspired me. I was on the radio everyday for the last three years doing these hip hop laws of success.
Russell: It may be more than all my contributions, all my charities and my social and political events it may actually start to promote a new or maybe not promote a new but to further the cause of raising the consciousness of young people.
Russell: It's important for young people to know that everything they do has to be (pause) the point is you want to promote ideas that people can digest.
www.hhnlive.com /features/more/251   (2749 words)

 Russell Simmons Hype Appraised - The Crusade.net Messageboards   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Simmons told of what he described as "the amount of hype that goes on when I discuss the value of Phat Farm," according to the transcript.
Simmons was deposed in proceedings arising from a civil case in which Def Jam and Lyor Cohen, then its chairman, were held liable for reneging on a deal to let another label release a CD featuring a Def Jam artist.
Simmons has long spoken of the difficulty he faced in marketing the brand to retailers, who initially viewed his fashions as a fad.
www.thecrusade.net /forums/index.php?s=ebe2e9afafa56611a0d23f80e887688b&showtopic=10989&view=findpost&p=129005   (1448 words)

 The Black Commentator - Russell Simmons and Hip Hop Readers - Issue 126
Simmons has won supporters who ought to know better than to ally themselves with an educational program that barely pretends to educate anyone.
But Simmons’ money talks, and the result is that organizations like the Schomburg Center and the National Urban League, who ought to say no thanks, have happily hopped on the bandwagon of middle brow taste and capitulation to what children think they need.
Simmons wants to play that role he must take a back seat to those with the expertise necessary to develop an educational program.
www.blackcommentator.com /126/126_fr_hip_hop.html   (884 words)

 Russell Simmons   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Russell Simmons was born on October 4, 1957 in Queens, New York.
Simmons has chosen not to offer any leather goods in his clothing line due to his stance against cruelty to animals.
Other groups Simmons works with include being a member of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, and in 2006 he was named a Goodwill Ambassador of CISRI-ISP, which is an observer mission to the United Nations.
www.yuddy.com /articles/music/russell-simmons.html   (554 words)

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