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Hear What Russell Simmons Has To Say On New Live Comedy Project

5/11/2015 12:06pm EDT
Russell Simmons Talks 'All Def Comedy Jam': 'I Love Exposing Tal
Russell Simmons is a groundbreaker in many ways, but you might not know just how big a contribution he's made to the world of stand-up comedy. When he co-created HBO's Def Comedy Jam in 1992, he helped to give a national audience to a different kind of comedy, and now he's doing it again for a new generation - this time, live and online.

Hosted by Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons, All Def Comedy Live takes place every Wednesday and presents some of the best comedic talent. At the same time, it has an online counterpart called All Def Digital, which serves as a platform for comedians to find ...

Russell Simmons And Shannon Elizabeth Spark Dating Rumors At Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Bash

1/26/2014 7:16pm EST
Russell Simmons and Shannon Elizabeth
Music mogul Russell Simmons and actress Shannon Elizabeth have been spotted together a lot lately, sparking rumors that the two are officially dating.

The two stars were spotted earlier this month at two separate Golden Globes afterparties, and on Saturday night they hit the red carpet together again for music producer Clive Davis' pre-Grammy bash looking very comfortable with each other.

According to sources, they were getting pretty close inside.

Last week Simmons, 56, and Elizabeth, 40, were spotted by's cameras as they left a restaurant, and Elizabeth said she was just the...

Kimora Lee Simmons Shows Off Her Rockin' Bikini Bod In St. Bart's

12/26/2013 8:04am EST
Kimora Lee Simmons bikini
It just wouldn't be the holidays without Kimora Lee Simmons frolicking in a bikini on the beach in St. Barts.

The ex-wife of music mogul Russell Simmons (he was there, too) showed off her sexy beach body while enjoying a day of fun in the sun with her family on Christmas Eve.

Though divorced, the couple has been spotted spending Christmas together with their two daughters, Ming and Aoki on the island in the past, and last year Simmons had new gilfriend Hana Nitsche in tow, but the new women appeared to get along fine.

This year it was Kimora's turn, taking along her new Russian beau for ...

Russell Simmons Apologizes For Posting Offensive Harriet Tubman 'Sex Tape'

8/15/2013 11:00pm EDT
Russell Simmons
Russell Simmons has apologized for sharing the controversial Harriet Tubman Sex Tape on his All Def Digital YouTube channel on Wednesday.

Simmons had called the video the "funniest thing I've ever seen." It features an actress playing Tubman having intercourse with her white master, and it's video taped so she can later bribe her boss into freeing his slaves.

The video caused an outcry among fans and critics. One wrote on "The implication is that the only way Ms. Tubman was able to free so many Black people was for her to sleep with their White plantation owners. I am not sur...

Centric Launches Black Music Month With 'Rebels Without A Pause: The Induction Ceremony Of Public Enemy'

6/1/2013 9:30am EDT
Public Enemy
Centric is celebrating Black Music Month throughout the month of June.  The thematic programming (an original concert documentary, music videos and special concerts) covers the vast range of talented musicians who have impacted today’s music and culture.

Kicking off the month is the never-before-seen Rebels "Without A Pause: The Induction Ceremony of Public Enemy" airing Saturday, June 1, 10 p.m. EST. Public Enemy, one of most influential hip hop groups of the late 80’s, is perhaps the most definitive rap group of all time. Assailing audiences with politically and socially conscious rhyme...

Vanessa Hudgens, Ashlee Simpson & More Celebs Invade New York Fashion Week (Photos)

2/11/2013 7:00pm EST
Vanessa Hudgens
On the heels of winter storm Nemo several celebrities have braved the cold weather (and their cushy warm homes on the west coast) to brave Mercedes Benz fashion week in New York City.

Vanessa Hudgens stepped out in a colorful wrap dress for the Herve Leger by Max Azria fashion show on Sunday. She wore a black peacoat and dark sunglasses on her way into the event.

Over the weekend Ashlee Simpson attended the Nicole Miller Fall/Winter 2013 Fashion show at the Studio in the Lincoln Center. She wore a patterned frock, black tights and leather strapped boots.

Victoria Beckham launched her fal...

Russell Simmons Spends Christmas In St. Bart's With Ex-Wife Kimora Lee & New Girlfriend Hana Nitsche

12/26/2012 6:11pm EST
Kimora Lee and Hana Nitsche
Russell Simmons spent Christmas Eve playing on the beach in St. Barts with his ex-wife Kimora Lee and her three children. Simmons' new girlfriend, Germany's Next Top Model finalist Hana Nitsche, was also along for the trip.

It might seem awkward, especially since Russell and Kimora were married on the island in 1998, but everyone seemed to get along just fine -- including Kimora and Hana.

Both women showed off their sizzling bodies in bikinis while Russell practiced his Yoga moves. The three children -- Russell's two daughters with Kimora; Ming and Aoki; and Kimora's son Kenzo, the produc...

Bikini Battle: Russell Simmons' Ex-Wife Kimora Lee Vs New Girlfriend Hana Nitsche

12/24/2012 9:07pm EST
Kimora Lee and Hana Nitsche
Newly single fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons was spotted wearing a red bikini on the island of St. Barts in the French West Indies Saturday, playing in the surf with her daughters Ming and Aoki.

Meanwhile, Kimora's ex-husband Russell Simmons frolicked on the beaches of Miami with his stunning model girlfriend Hana Nitsche.

Who do you think looked better?

Kimora recently announced her separation from actor Djimon Hounsou after five years together. The couple wed in Hounsou's native Benin, Africa, and separated in November -- despite not being legally married in the U.S.

Ironically, S...

Russell Simmons To Be Honored With PGA Visionary Award

12/2/2012 10:25am EST
Russell Simmons
Rap mogul Russell Simmons is to be honored at the 24th annual Producers Guild of America Awards ceremony in January.

The entrepreneur and humanitarian will be the recipient of the Visionary Award at the Beverly Hills gala. Simmons is being recognized for his "dedication to philanthropy and his work as a film and television producer who breaks down barriers to provide opportunities to emerging talent."

2013 PGA Awards chairman Michael DeLuca says, "Throughout his career, Russell has accomplished the kinds of things that only a true visionary can."

The thrilled rap mogul adds, "I'm sinc...

Celebrity Fans Pay Tribute To 'Jeffersons' Star Sherman Hemsley

7/25/2012 9:01am EDT
Sherman Hemsley
Following his death on Tuesday, many celebrities paid tribute to "The Jeffersons" star Sherman Hemsley, including Josh Duhamel, Kevin Smith, Denise Richards and Lenny Kravitz.

Hemsley died at his home in El Paso, Texas, from apparent natural causes. He was most famous for his role as George Jefferson in sitcom "All in the Family" and spin-off series, "The Jeffersons," which featured a predominantly black cast.

Kravitz, whose late mother Roxie Roker was Hemsley's co-star on "The Jeffersons," wrote, "Rest in peace Sherman Hemsley. You are legendary. Your contribution changed the fabric of A...

In Memoriam Adam Yauch: The Best Beastie Boys Songs Ever

5/4/2012 5:03pm EDT
Beastie Boys
The music world lost a great talent today when Adam "MCA" Yauch died at the age of 47. In memoriam, let's look at some of the great tunes that made the Beastie Boys one of the greatest acts ever. We'd be here all day if we listed them all, but here are the first that come to mind (in no particular order):


One of their best songs ever, most definitely their best music video ever. The Beastie Boys started as a punk band, and they reached back to their roots to deliver an aggressive rap over distorted guitars. "WHYYYYYYYYYYYY?"

Shake Your Rump

"It's the joint! BWAAAHAMMMMM!" I...

Rosie O'Donnell Attends Oprah's Academy For Girls Benefit In NYC

4/28/2012 11:30am EDT
Rosie O'Donnell
Rosie O'Donnell proved she had no hard feelings towards her former TV boss Oprah Winfrey on Wednesday night after joining the media mogul at a New York fundraiser for her South African girls school.

"The Rosie Show" was axed from Winfrey's OWN network in March after just one season on air and the cancellation was rumored to have caused a rift between the two stars.

But O'Donnell showed she had nothing but love for Winfrey by turning up to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls benefit at the Jazz at Lincoln Center venue this week.

Cindi Berger, O'Donnell's representative, tells t...

Wyclef Jean Pays Tribue To Trayvon Martin In New Song

4/21/2012 3:00pm EDT
Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean has recorded a new tribute song dedicated to slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

The African-American student's death at the hands of Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman in February sparked outrage and protests across the U.S., with stars like Cher, Mia Farrow, Russell Simmons and Sean 'Diddy' Combs calling for the killer's arrest.

Zimmerman, 28, has since been charged with second-degree murder and, on Friday, a judge placed him on $150,000 bail.

Last month, Chaka Khan recruited celebrity friends Eric Benet, Kelly Price and Kenny Lattimore to re-record her track ...

The Beastie Boys To Be Subject Of New Photo Exhibit

4/9/2012 2:16pm EDT
Beastie Boys
Rare images of pioneering rap group the Beastie Boys are set to go on display to celebrate the stars' upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Beastie Boys' Mike D, Adam 'MCA' Yauch and Ad-Rock will cement their place in the famed Cleveland, Ohio museum on Saturday and to celebrate the honor, a special three-part Kings of Rock photo exhibit will be staged at hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons' Rush Arts Gallery in New York this week .

The first gallery show will feature iconic pictures of the stars taken by Sunny Bak in the 1980s, while photographer Talib Haqq will display...

PETA Responds To Kanye West's Controversial 'Theraflu' Taunt

4/6/2012 9:48am EDT
Kanye West
Kanye West has upset animal rights activists at PETA once again by taunting them in his new song Theraflu.

The rapper previously fell out with executives at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals after they criticized him for stepping out in a fur coat and he hit back, calling his detractors "just plain idiots."

He has now incurred the wrath of my mink (coat) is draggin' on the floor."

PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews has slammed West for the jibe, but admits he still hopes the star will eventually change his mind and renounce fur.

He says in a statement, "What's draggin...

John Stamos, 'Glee' Stars & More Exchange Kisses For Charity At GLAAD Media Awards

3/26/2012 9:21am EDT
John Stamos
John Stamos, Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera raised $15,000 for charity on Saturday after offering themselves up for kisses at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards.

"Glee" co-stars Monteith and Rivera hosted the New York leg of the awards ceremony and decided to turn up the heat by promising a steamy smooch with each of the highest bidders.

Former "E.R." star Stamos sparked a bidding war for Monteith before deciding to enter the auction himself and pucker up for his own charity kiss.

Stamos was in for a surprise when his winning bidder turned out to be a male ...

Melissa George Opens Up About Her Failed Marriage

3/19/2012 11:42am EDT
Melissa George
Australian actress Melissa George has spoken for the first time about her marriage breakdown, insisting it was "very hard" for her to leave her husband, but she "did the right thing."

The Amityville Horror star married Chilean film director Claudio Dabed in 2000, but they announced plans to divorce last year and she went on to date music mogul Russell Simmons.

George has now revealed she gave her husband "five years' notice on a couple of issues" but felt she had to walk away when those problems remained unsolved.

She tells Australia's Herald Sun, "It was something that happened pretty...

Adrienne Bailon Devastated Over Red Carpet Wardrobe Malfunction

3/3/2012 5:01pm EST
Adrienne Bailon
Singer/actress Adrienne Bailon has been left in tears after accidentally exposing herself on the red carpet at a New York event on Thursday.

The former star of Disney group The Cheetah Girls stunned photographers when she turned up at Gotham Hall for a free concert headlined by Mariah Carey, wearing a skimpy cream dress with a completely sheer bottom.

The outfit featured a large, ruffled piece of material meant to help preserve the wearer's modesty, but Bailon, who chose to go without underwear, was left exposed when a light breeze caused the fabric to shift, revealing her bare pubic ar...

Beyonce And Jay-Z Welcome Baby Girl Blue Ivy Carter

1/8/2012 8:11am EST
R&B superstar Beyonce has given birth to a baby daughter.

The "Crazy in Lov"e singer delivered little Blue Ivy Carter in New York's Lenox Hill Hospital on Saturday night via a scheduled Caesarean section, according to Reports.

She's the first child for Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay-Z, who married in April 2008.

Beyonce's friend Gwyneth Paltrow was one of the first to Tweet about the new arrival, revealing the newborn's name.

"It's Blue Ivy Carter," she said to confused fans on Twitter shortly after posting, "Welcome to the world Blue! We love you already."

"Umbrella" hitmaker Riha...

Taylor Lautner Victimized By Internet Pranksters

12/27/2011 9:09am EST
Taylor Lautner
Twilight star Taylor Lautner has fallen victim to internet pranksters who posted his picture on a fake magazine cover over the holidays.

The online jokers mocked up an issue of People with a picture of Lautner and the strapline "Out & Proud," promising to reveal false details about the actor's sexuality.

However, a representative for the publication has condemned the cover as a forgery and dismissed the alleged revelations, telling it is "absolutely fake".

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons fell for the prank and wrote a congratulatory message to Lautner on his pa...

Russell Simmons Named PETA's Person Of The Year

12/15/2011 9:41pm EST
Russell Simmons
Vegan rap mogul Russell Simmons has been named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' Person of the Year.

Simmons replaces former president Bill Clinton as the most humane celebrity in America, according to the animal rights activists.

Announcing the news on Thursday, PETA bosses state, "Over a decade ago, the Def Jam co-founder and author... decided that riches are counted in more than dollars. Simmons was inspired by the yogic principal of ahimsa (doing no harm) to reject the meat industry.

"Since then, Simmons has dedicated his career, which spans the music, fashion, and televis...

Sting Doesn't Think Celebs Should Go To Occupy Wall Street Events

12/13/2011 8:56am EST
Sting has given the Occupy Wall Street protests a miss because he doesn't think rock stars and other celebrities should get involved in such demonstrations.

New Yorkers spearheaded the now worldwide Occupy anti-corporate greed movement in New York in September and impressed Sting has watched from afar as determined protesters let their voices be heard.

But he has steered clear of joining the likes of Kanye West, Russell Simmons, Tom Morello and Susan Sarandon on the front lines.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I'm intrigued by the Occupy movement... (but) I don't think celebrities shou...

Scarlett Johansson Urges Occupy Protestors To March Toward Washington, D.C.

11/30/2011 9:33am EST
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson is urging Occupy protesters to alter their tactics, suggesting a march on the U.S. capital would put more pressure on the government.

The politically-active actress campaigned for President Barack Obama ahead of the 2008 election, but Johansson admits she can understand why so many demonstrators have banded together in a bid to bring about change.

She supports the activists and their efforts, but is adamant the movement's leaders will have more success if they took their protests to the White House in Washington, D.C. and defined their goals more clearly.

She tells Int...

Paul McCartney, Natalie Portman And Morrissey To Grace PETA Stamps

11/28/2011 1:12pm EST
Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney, Natalie Portman and Morrissey are among the famous faces who will adorn a set of U.S. postage stamps in the name of vegetarianism.

Executives at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have picked their top 20 most famous vegetarians of all time to appear on a new series of stamps set for release in the U.S. this week.

Other stars to be included are Chrissie Hynde, Joan Jett, Pamela Anderson, Bryan Adams, Woody Harrelson, Russell Simmons and Leona Lewis, along with historical figures such as Gandhi, Leonardo da Vinci and Leo Tolstoy.

Lisa Lange, vice pres...

Russell Simmons Defends Jay-Z's 'Occupy' T-Shirts

11/17/2011 8:23am EST
Russell Simmons
Russell Simmons has defended his friend Jay-Z after the rapper came under fire for selling T-shirts in support of the Occupy Wall Street protest and failing to hand over any of the proceeds.

The Big Pimpin' hit-maker's Rocawear fashion line has been marketing tops emblazoned with the slogan 'Occupy All Streets' in reference to the anti-corporate greed movement which started in New York.

However, the protesters labeled Jay-Z a "bloodsucker" after discovering the rapper's company would be keeping all of the profits made by the T-shirts.

The star's friend Simmons, another big supporter o...

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Supports Occupy Wall Street; Films Police Raid

11/16/2011 9:01am EST
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Joseph Gordon-Levitt turned out to support activists at the Occupy Wall Street camp in New York on Tuesday morning after learning of the police raid of the site.

The demonstrators took up residence in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park in September to protest corporate greed and big business inequality, and the campaign has spread around the world, gaining celebrity supporters like Russell Simmons, Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Kanye West, who have all been to visit the activists.

But the growing movement has been unpopular among New York officials and police officers raided the ...

Hip Hop Stars Mourn Heavy D's Death

11/9/2011 9:14am EST
Heavy D
Nas, Common and rap mogul Russell Simmons are among the stars leading the tributes to hip-hop icon Heavy D, who died on Tuesday at the age of 44.

The rap veteran was reportedly found unconscious near his home in Beverly Hills and admitted to a hospital in Los Angeles, where he was pronounced dead.

His passing has sent shockwaves through the hip-hop world and a host of stars have taken to their blogs to express their grief at the tragic news.

Nas writes, "RIP TO A REAL HIP HOP LEGEND HEAVY D!", while Common tweets, "Heavy D one of Hip-Hops (sic) finest. Your art ...

Russell Simmons Honored For His Anti-Slavery Charity Work

10/21/2011 2:49pm EDT
Russell Simmons
Rap mogul Russell Simmons was honored at a glitzy gala on Thursday for his work with an anti-slavery charity.

Simmons has long supported the Somaly Mam Foundation, which aims to help women who have been previously forced into sex slavery, and he was feted for his contributions at the organization's gala in New York.

In a series of posts on his page, he writes, "Being honored now by Somaly Mam foundation (works to eradicate modern day slaves). Somaly Mam - she is an absolute hero of mine. Former sex worker in Cambodia who has an extraordinary foundation helping young girls." ...

Russell Simmons Prepared For Jail To Support Wall Street Protesters

10/14/2011 11:04am EDT
Russell Simmons
Rap mogul Russell Simmons is prepared to go to prison as he supports activists protesting against social inequality in New York.

The star has been a staunch supporter of the Occupy Wall Street rally, which has seen thousands take to the streets to call for equality for all and an end to corporate greed.

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered a clean-up mission at the group's base in Zuccotti Park on Friday, but protesters are remaining defiant and have pledged to stop officials moving in.

Simmons has urged Bloomberg to reconsider his plans "to avoid confrontation" - and the music m...

Kanye West Joins Russell Simmons For Occupy Wall Street Campaign

10/11/2011 8:43am EDT
Kanye West
Outspoken rapper Kanye West became the latest celebrity to show support to activists protesting against big business at New York's Occupy Wall Street initiative by joining hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons on the front line on Monday.

West briefly joined the protest in Zucotti Park alongside Simmons, who has made regular appearances among the demonstrators.

The rap mogul later tweeted, "I just walked @kanyewest thru the #occupywallstreet. I love how sweet and tolerant he was to the crowd."

But West could not stay long - he was forced to leave when a mob of fans surrounded him.

Fellow rapper...