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Aries Spears —an OG in comedy now hosting a podcast — SPEARS & STEINBERG — 256 in the can and counting
June 10, 2021
It’s hard to embrace that little Aries Spears has been in the comedy game, so long, that in 2021 —post-COVID-19—he’s now an official O.G. of comedy. Born in 1975, the New York native has been perfecting his comedic persona since he was 14 years old, is described by Hollywood insiders as witty, charismatic, and ferociously aggressive in his comedy style. No doubt, a nod to his astrological sign which, like his name, is Aries (April 3) a zodiac symbol associated with the Greek god of courage and war.  ... read more »
Black Press of America Making Impact and Progress
June 3, 2021
While about 37,000 workers were laid off or furloughed at media companies like the Los Angeles Times, Condé Nast, The Dallas Morning News, Gannett, McClatchy, National Public Radio, and VOX, the NNPA added staff and expanded services to NNPA member publishers across the nation. ... read more »
California Judge Tosses Sexual Assault Suit against Russell Simmons
November 26, 2020
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Epstein granted Simmons a motion to dismiss that lawsuit after the anonymous alleged victim failed to respond to a court order regarding the statute of limitations. The judge said he found that the woman's claims were legally time-barred since she alleged the incident happened in 1988 and only filed her suit in March 2018. ... read more »
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Russell Simmons Leads Hip-Hop Elite in Praising New Police Reform Legislation
June 11, 2020
Def Jam Founder Russell Simmons has led a coalition of others in the rap world in praising a proposal released on Monday, June 8, by Congressional and Senate Democrats, while also pushing their own agenda. ... read more »
Why HBO Max Refuses to Answer Questions About Russell Simmons Documentary
April 23, 2020
Those who worked with Sher and Simmons said the two had a relationship that ended amicably. One person said Sher ‘would have whopped Russell’s ass if he tried to rape her.” ... read more »
Russell Simmons Brings Back Def Comedy Jam to Raise Money for Coronavirus Ravaged Areas
April 9, 2020
Simmons is leading a group of producers who, on Sunday, April 5, will premiere “Def Comedy Jam Presents: Healing Through Laughter,” a marathon fundraiser hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. The program will air online beginning at 10 p.m. EST, and Simmons’ Instagram page will be updated to provide more information. Simmons has established a GoFundMe page with the hopes of raising as much as $100,000 to help with supplies to assist those in need. ... read more »
In Defense of Fair Investigative Journalism
October 31, 2019
A recent Daily Beast article written by Sil Lai Abrams is the latest example that in the age of social media, factchecking and accuracy are no longer criteria to getting a story published. ... read more »
The Time is Now to Help Prevent Gun Violence in Urban Neighborhoods
September 19, 2019
At the beginning of this summer, I wrote an Op-Ed for the National Newspaper Publishers Association. I asked for support for the anti-violence programs around the country and many of you responded. For that, I am grateful. ... read more »
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Uplifting Black Youth through the Retelling of Past and Present Pan African History
May 2, 2019
Local non-profit the Talented Tenth Publications uses Black History books to inspire children. ... read more »
Spirituality, Activism and Social Transformation
April 4, 2019
The Black community in America has not lashed out with retribution, violence or hate. We remain the most abused, but have maintained a commitment to Dr. King’s principle of nonviolence. As a people we are still the most non-harming collective. Throughout the centuries we have been God-fearing and compassionate. But Scripture says, “faith without works is dead.” We must as a collective come together and where necessary, partner with others who have the same concerns and stand up. ... read more »
Russell Simmons Tells #MeToo, Not Me
August 14, 2018
Media mogul ... is seeking almost $35,000 in legal reparations from one of his rape accusers and her lawyer, ... on Monday. Simmons is demanding the money “for purposes of publicity, ... read more »
City Council Declares October 4 Russell Simmons Day of Meditation in Los Angeles 
October 5, 2017
About fifty people joined City Council members in Council chambers on September 27, to celebrate the designation of October 4 as Russell Simmons Day of Meditation, to honor his efforts to unite Los Angeles through the practice of meditation.   ... read more »
Los Angeles: Russell Simmons Keep The Peace
August 4, 2017
Russell Simmons joined over 75 Los Angeles youth to take a pledge for peace on August 1st. The event was held in partnership with Community Coalition and is part of RushCard's Keep The Peace initiative, a national grant program designed to support non-profit, community-based organization across the country promoting peace and reducing youth violence. ... read more / watch video »
Film ‘Romeo is Bleeding’ Uses Poetry as Antidote to Black on Black Crime
August 3, 2017
Executive produced by author, entrepreneur and social activist Russell Simmons, 'Romeo is Bleeding' is a documentary detailing the history of crime and separation among "turfs" in Richmond, CA. The film tracks the life of a drug-dealing rebel turned poet named Donte Clark, who through his artistic expression, manages to transform the lives of youth in his community. Watch as we interview members of the cast and crew. Correspondent: Brittany K. Jackson ... read more / watch video »
Van Jones’ #LoveArmy Rises Up in Hollywood
August 3, 2017
Media mogul Russell Simmons, comedian and television personality Nick Cannon and actor Nnamdi Asomugha joined activist, New York Times bestselling author and CNN commentator, Van Jones, onstage for a powerful panel discussion. ... read more »
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