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Celebrity Birthdays - October 4, 2011

10/4/2011 3:00am EDT
Rachael Leigh Cook
Happy Birthday to:

Actress Rachael Leigh Cook (1979)

Rapper Lil' Mama (1989)

Actor Tim Peper (1980)

Actress Alicia Silverstone (1976)

Actor Liev Schreiber (1967)

Cuban singer Jon Secada (1961)

Musician Afrika Bambaataa (1960)

Pet Shop Boy Chris Lowe (1959)

Music producer Russell Simmons (1957)

Actor Bill Fagerbakke (1957)

Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (1956)

Actor Armand Assante (1949)

Oscar winning actress Susan Sarandon (1946)

Actor and former NRA spokesman Charlton Heston (1924)

Comedian Buster Keaton (1895)

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Radiohead Planning Surprise Protest Concert?

9/30/2011 2:25pm EDT
Rockers Radiohead have sent fans into a frenzy amid rumors they will perform a surprise show on Friday afternoon during an economic rally in New York.

Protesters have set up camp in lower Manhattan as part of the ongoing Occupy Wall Street campaign, rallying against social inequality.

A host of celebrities and social activists including Susan Sarandon, rap mogul Russell Simmons and documentary maker Michael Moore have shown their support for the cause by making appearances, and now Radiohead look set to add their voices to the campaign by allegedly planning a special show in the heart o...

Angela Simmons Strips For PETA

9/27/2011 4:00pm EDT
Angela Simmons for PETA
The daughter of rap legend Reverend Run has bared all for a new PETA advertising campaign.

Fashion designer Angela Simmons has stripped to encourage fans to follow in her footsteps and adopt a vegetarian diet in the animal rights group's 'Eating Meat is a Sin' ads.

The 24 year old was inspired to cut meat out of her diet by her uncle, vegan hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and she insists she hass never felt better.

She says, "I'm happy with it. I feel lighter - it's a good feeling...

"I really want people to know what happens to animals... Animals have feelings, and I think it's importan...

Melissa George Opens Up About 'Lovely' Russell Simmons Romance

9/24/2011 8:30am EDT
Melissa George
Australian actress Melissa George has confirmed she is dating veteran hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons following months of speculation.

The Def Jam Records co-founder, 53, was spotted out and about with the 35-year-old beauty several times over the summer, sparking gossip about a possible romance, but they have both remained coy over their relationship status until now.

George has opened up about Simmons in an interview with Australia's Herald Sun, and when asked whether they are in a relationship, the actress answers, "Yes".

She adds, "It's just, you know, fun... so much fun. I can't st...

LL Cool J To Receive Icon Honor At BET Hip-Hop Awards

9/21/2011 8:42am EDT
LL Cool J
Rap veteran LL Cool J is to be honored for his career achievements at the upcoming BET Hip-Hop awards.

The I Need Love hit-maker is to receive the I Am Hip-Hop Icon trophy at the ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia next month, following in the footsteps of legendary artists including Grandmaster Flash, Russell Simmons, Ice Cube and Salt-N-Pepa.

Comedian Mike Epps is to host this year's show when it takes place at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on October 1st.

Russell Simmons Compares 50 Cent To Malcolm X

7/19/2011 11:00am EDT
Russell Simmons
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has applauded rap superstar 50 Cent's pledge to feed one billion African people, comparing his efforts to that of civil rights leader Malcolm X.

The "In Da Club" hitmaker grew up in poverty and famously turned his life around from being a drug dealer in New York to becoming one of the world's most popular rap artists.

He has amassed a huge fortune from his various business deals and ventures since his 2003 debut, and he is determined to use his fame to help those most in need.

In a post on Twitter page over the weekend, he wrote, "I want to impact people's l...

Russell Simmons Threatens To Fire Writer For Commenting On His Love Life

6/8/2011 9:42am EDT
Russell Simmons
Rap mogul Russell Simmons threatened to fire a writer on his entertainment blog after they defied his orders and posted photos online of a model he's rumored to be dating.

The Def Jam Records co-founder attended the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards in New York on Monday with Victoria's Secret beauty Angela Bellotte on his arm.

The stars fueled rumours they are dating after happily posing for photographers at the event, held at Manhattan's Lincoln Center, and the images were soon posted on his website

He warned bloggers to steer clear of commenting on...

Starpulse Spotlight: DJ Jesse Marco

5/19/2011 12:53pm EDT
DJ Jesse Marco
With spinning for celebrities like Heidi Klum, Russell Simmons, Denzel Washington, Rihanna, Usher, Jay-Z, and Lebron James, 22 year old DJ Jesse Marco definitely has a client list to envy. Not only is this New York native an encyclopedia of music knowledge and a past Marc Jacobs and Converse model, Jesse is setting his sights on more than just playing the best. He plans to make the best, adding producer to his name by remixing tracks for Kings of Leon, Brandon Flowers, and Peter Bjorn and John. Starpulse caught up with Mr. Marco after his appearance at the Redbull Bulletin Launch Party in ...

Miranda Kerr Backing Earth Hour 2011 Crusade

3/24/2011 1:40pm EDT
Miranda Kerr
Supermodel Miranda Kerr is campaigning to save the planet as the global ambassador for Earth Hour 2011, urging fans to turn off their lights for 60 minutes.

The Australian beauty has recruited music mogul Russell Simmons and photographer Russell James to join her in promoting the global event, which asks members of the public to cut their power on March 26th to conserve energy and encourage sustainability.

Kerr has asked followers on and to switch off their computers, and has requested that participants also observe a minute's silence when Earth Hour beings to ho...

Ricky Martin Triumphs At GLAAD Media Awards

3/20/2011 4:30pm EDT
Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin was a double winner at the 22nd annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards in New York on Saturday night.

The pop star, who 'came out' as a gay man last year, landed the Vito Russo Award and the Outstanding Talk Show Episode for his Oprah Winfrey Show appearance, during which he revealed all about his sexuality.

Other winners at the Marriott Marquis Times Square ceremony included hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, who claimed the Excellence in Media Award, and True Blood, which was named Outstanding Drama Series.

Additional awards will be presented in ...

Russell Simmons Lands GLAAD Award

3/2/2011 10:44am EST
Russell Simmons
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons is to be honored at the 22nd annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Awards.

The Def Jam Records co-founder will receive the Excellence in Media Award at the ceremony in recognition of his work promoting gay rights.

Simmons, a longtime campaigner for equal rights, wrote an open letter to former New York Governor David Paterson in 2009 to praise the leader for supporting gay marriage.

Previous winners of the GLAAD honor include Joy Behar and model-turned-TV personality Tyra Banks.

The prizegiving will take place in New York City on March...

Russell Simmons: 'Kanye West Has No Need To Apologize'

11/15/2010 5:24pm EST
Russell Simmons
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has urged Kanye West not to change his ways following his disastrous interview on TV last week, encouraging him to "keep on" in an open letter to the embattled star.

The Stronger hit-maker sat down with Today presenter Matt Lauer last week in an effort to publicly reply to disparaging comments made against him by former U.S. leader George W. Bush, who branded the moment West called him a racist on live TV as the "most disgusting" period of his presidency. However, the chat didn't go as planned and West accused Lauer of trying to manipulate his answers during ...

Russell Simmons Apologizes For His Courtney Love 'Crackhead' Comments

10/22/2010 5:14pm EDT
Russell Simmons
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has apologized to pal Courtney Love after insulting the singer by calling her a "crackhead" for posting nude pictures of herself online.

The Def Jam co-founder recently poked fun at Love for accidentally uploading raunchy photos of herself on social networking website earlier this month. Love, who has candidly spoken about her battle with drug addiction, was so embarrassed by the scandal she shut down her Twitter account.

The incident surprised Simmons and he was convinced his rocker pal was under the influence when she sent the pictures to the ...

Russell Simmons: 'We Don't Create Dirt!'

10/11/2010 5:17pm EDT
Russell Simmons
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has threatened to fire a blogger writing for his entertainment website after they posted "dirty gossip" alleging Rihanna was set to split from her boyfriend Matt Kemp.

A writer blogging under the username SandraSays uploaded an article titled, Rihanna Walks OUT On Matt Kemp, on on Monday morning, claiming trouble was brewing between the Umbrella hit-maker and her Los Angeles Dodgers baseball beau.

SandraSays wrote, "Did Rihanna walk out on Matt Kemp? Well, instead of staying at the lovely home she shares with Matt Kemp, Rihanna spent the nig...

Donald Trump Is Enthusiastic About New Season Of 'The Apprentice'

9/15/2010 10:20am EDT
The Apprentice 2010
If there is one word to describe Donald Trump’s feelings about the new season of “The Apprentice” it’s optimistic. “Well, I think it’s the best ‘Apprentice’ that we’ve done since Season One,” says Trump who is host and also executive producer. “I think the field [of candidates] is terrific. It’s a better plot in terms of bad times versus good times.”

The plot to which Trump is referring is the new focus of the show in terms of the contestants who are competing for a chance to land a job in the Trump Organization. All 16 contestants have somehow been affected by the recent economic downturn...

Kimora Lee Simmons 'Practices' With Djimon Hounsou

3/5/2010 8:45am EST
Kimora Lee Simmons
Model-turned-designer Kimora Lee is eager to expand her family with actor boyfriend Djimon Hounsou, insisting the couple is planning to have a second child.

The Baby Phat designer welcomed her first little boy, Kenzo, with the Oscar-nominated actor in May 2009, and now she wants another baby boy.

Lee also shares two daughters, Ming, ten, and Aoki, seven, with her ex-husband, Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons - who she divorced in January 2009 after 10 years of marriage.

But the fashion mogul insists she wants to keep building her new family and can juggle a fourth child.

She te...

Q&A: Brett Ratner On 'Beverly Hills Cop IV,' 'The Shooter Series,' And What He Thinks Of Comic Book Fans

9/9/2009 12:01pm EDT
Brett Ratner
Is Brett Ratner misunderstood? The "Rush Hour" and "X-Men: The Last Stand" director thinks that's quite possible.

His new retrospective DVD series, "The Shooter Series," (to be released September 15) paints the some may call party-boy director in a different light. Contemporaries such as Quentin Tarantino share their experiences about working with Ratner; and the director's early student films, commercials, and music videos are also chronicled.

Ratner also doesn't parse words about his feelings toward the vocal online community who criticized his work on "X-Men: The Last Stand," and h...

Spotlight On The 10 Hottest Women On Reality TV

1/8/2009 9:22am EST
Julianne Hough
Reality shows have been a huge success on television for the last 10 years. Many networks like VH1 and Bravo TV devote the majority of their schedule to reality programs. Reality shows like "Rock of Love," "Top Chef," "Survivor," and "American Idol" attract a wide audience. The competitions, verbal and physical arguments, and funny moments keep audiences tuned in every week to these shows. But what attracts the audience even more to these reality programs is the women who are on them.

Reality TV has some of the hottest women on television. No need to watch dramas or sitcoms for hot wo...

50 Cent Adds 2nd Free DVD Movie To New Album Package

11/17/2008 6:00pm EST
50 Cent
50 Cent knows hard times. So in these difficult economic days, the artist who debuted with Get Rich Or Die Tryin' is giving something back to his fans by adding a free DVD of a full-length original movie to his fourth major label album, Before I Self Destruct (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope), releasing early 2009.

The album move comes as 50 Cent was rushing to get his album finished for a December release, however it is not complete. With the deadline to secure advertising and retail placement for the album imminent, he decided to move to a date in early 2009.

50 Cent featured in U...

New Season of 'Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam' Premieres Jan. 6

1/5/2008 8:00am EST
D.L. Hughley
A cornerstone of HBO's late-night block of original entertainment, "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam" returns this January with a new host: superstar comic D.L. Hughley, who will welcome some new and familiar faces.

In addition to an opening film clip featuring surprise guests and an introductory routine from Hughley, each half-hour show will include three to four comedians, the music of veteran deejay Kid Capri, and an appearance by The Man himself, Russell Simmons - all in front of an enthusiastic audience in Los Angeles.

'Run's House' Season 4 Premieres Thursday, October 25

10/13/2007 8:30am EDT
At "Run's House" the laughs, drama and excitement never seem to end. Rev. Run, (Joseph Simmons of Run-DMC), and his wife Justine continue to manage a very bustling household and keep the lives of their 5 children as normal as possible amid the extravagance of their surroundings.

With the entire family back together again under one roof, life in the Simmons house is anything but normal. This season Rev. Run and Justine make a major decision on adopting a new baby and life for them may never be the same again.

Eldest sibling, Vanessa, 24, lands her first acting role on the day-tim...

Bruce Willis & Queen Latifah Executive Produce 'The Hip Hop Project,' In Theaters May 11

5/2/2007 7:00pm EDT
Hip Hop Project
From Executive Producers Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah, The Hip Hop Project is the compelling story of Kazi, a formerly homeless teenager who inspired a group of New York City teens to transform their life stories into powerful works of art, using hip hop as a vehicle for self-development and personal discovery.

Kazi challenges these young people to write music about real issues affecting their lives as they strive to overcome daunting obstacles to produce a collaborative album. Russell Simmons, hip hop mogul and long-time supporter of the project, partners with Bruce Willis to donat...

Webstar Presents: "Caught In The Web," Featuring The Hit Single "Chicken Noodle Soup," In Stores Sept. 26

9/25/2006 3:46pm EDT
Troy "Webstar" Ryan, a 19-year-old Harlem-based deejay and producer, is the creative force behind "Chicken Noodle Soup," the great underground sensation of the summer of 2006. He is also the co-executive producer of "Webstar Presents: Caught in the Web" (along with Arthur Smith and Kirk Burrowes), a compilation of new talent set for release on Universal Republic on September 26. Finally, he is the owner, with his old friend and partner Arthur Smith, of a brand-new Fontana-distributed label called Scrilla Hill.

Webstar and Art go back to Web's first parties in 2001, where Art provided s...

VH1's "Hip Hop Honors" & Ice-T's "Rap School" Premiere Oct. 17

9/14/2006 3:46pm EDT
Hip Hop Honors Hosted By Ice T
-VH1's "Hip Hop Honors" Airs Oct. 17 at 9pm (EST)

VH1 pays homage to the hip hop pioneers who transformed the genre into a true cultural phenomenon with the third annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors." Hosted by Ice-T, this year's "VH1 Hip Hop Honors," will pay tribute to Wu-Tang Clan, Afrika Bambaataa, Russell Simmons, MC Lyte, Rakim, Beastie Boys, Ice Cube, and Eazy E. The VH1-created awards special honors hip hop's pioneers and luminaries who have transformed this musical genre into a cultural phenomenon. The music and influence of each of the honorees will be recognized through performances...

VH1To Honor Ice Cube, Other Hip Hop Artists

7/17/2006 4:22pm EDT
Ice Cube
"VH1 Hip Hop Honors" will pay tribute to hip-hop artist and actor Ice Cube as latest honoree at the 3rd annual event. The VH1-created awards special honors hip hop's pioneers and luminaries who have transformed this musical genre into a cultural phenomenon.

Ice Cube joins this year's previously announced honorees, Wu-Tang Clan, Afrika Bambaataa, Russell Simmons, MC Lyte, Rakim, Beastie Boys and Easy E. The music and influence of each of the honorees will be recognized through performances by classic artists in collaboration with today's hottest new talent.

The star-studded event,...

Ice-T, Russell Simmons Contribute To Smithsonian Hip Hop Exhibit

3/1/2006 11:57am EST
Rappers Ice-T and Russell Simmons are the first musicians to donate artifacts for a future hip hop exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The museum began gathering items for the collection yesterday, which surprised the rappers because hip hop has only been around for the last 30 years. Ice-T said, "It validates it (hip hop). It's a good feeling."

The initial contributions to the museum's collection include a pair of turntables used by disc jockey Grandmaster Flash, known for the 1982 hit "The Message," and a boom box owned by Fab Five Freddy, the original host of ...

Star-Studded Benefit CD for Hurricane Relief To Drop Nov. 22

11/15/2005 2:21pm EST
Hurricane Relief
Responding to the overwhelming outpouring of support from musicians, writers and producers, EMI Group, SONY BMG, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Concord Music Group along with the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network

and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today announced the addition of new artists and songs to complete the double CD multi-artist benefit album Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now. The collection will feature new recordings and classic cuts from more than 80 artists and 35 songs, spanning a variety of generations and genres, and will be released N...

Nelly Has A Big League Birthday

11/7/2005 10:26am EST
Nelly's friends surprised the rap star on his birthday Wednesday with an entire day of baseball-themed activities. The celebration, held in Nelly's hometown of St. Louis, was led off by a private batting practice session with Hall Of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith, Nelly's favorite baseball player while he was growing up. Later, family and friends gathered at FOX Sports broadcaster Joe Buck's restaurant where sexy "stadium vendors" greeted the All-Star guest list -- including celebrities such as Jermaine Dupri, Ashanti and Murphy Lee -- with beer and ballpark-style roasted peanuts prior to a s...