Hip hop mogul Russell Simmons has reportedly reached a tentative settlement with users of his prepaid debit card venture RushCard.
Last year (Oct15), many of those who experienced financial hard times due to technical issues, launched a class action lawsuit against Simmons, claiming they had experienced difficulty accessing their funds.
They also alleged they were informed the company would be performing updates to the system that would last a few hours, but their accounts were down for several weeks and when they were restored many did not have the correct funds.
Following the controversy, Simmons established a multi-million dollar fund to assist consumers who could prove they suffered a financial setback due to their debit card issues, and earlier this month (Mar16), the parties reportedly reached a tentative settlement.
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Cyndi Lauper has candidly revealed that her teachers at school predicted she'd either be a successful artist in New York or would end up dead.
The singer said that she was voted "most likely to fail" during her speech as she accepted an award for her philanthropic works at Russell Simmons’ annual Rush HeARTS education luncheon on Friday (11Mar16).
The ceremony, which raises money for Rush’s education programs for New York City’s inner city youth, was held at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.
Taking to the stage after being honoured for her True Colors Fund work, which fights for equal rights for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, she said, "I thank you, Russell, for honouring me and the True Colors Fund.
Continue reading: Cyndi Lauper: 'My Teachers Thought I Would Die'
Russell Simmons , Lucy McIntosh - Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2016 held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 28th February 2016
Creed and Straight Outta Compton won the big prizes at the inaugural All Def Movie Awards, Russell Simmons' alternative to the Oscars.
The Def Jam label founder created the ceremony to honour films and actors who have been unrecognised at the Academy Awards, which was been criticised for its lack of diversity after black or minority actors were missing from the 2016 nominations.
Tony Rock, the brother of upcoming Oscars host Chris Rock, hosted the first ever All Def Movie Awards on Wednesday night (24Feb16) at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, just days before the Academy Awards, which will be held yards away at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday (28Feb16).
N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton beat competition from Beasts of No Nation, Chi-raq, Concussion, Creed, and Dope to be voted Best Picture by fans online. The prize was accepted by rapper Ice Cube and his son O'Shea Jackson, Jr., who portrayed him in the movie.
Actor Will Smith and playwright Norman Lear will be honoured at Russell Simmons' inaugural awards show celebrating diversity in film.
The Men in Black star will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Lear will be honoured with the Vanguard Award for his career contributions at the All Def Movie Awards on 24 February (16) at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.
"Will Smith has broken all barriers in music, film, theater and television," Simmons says. "As a Grammy Award-winner, television star and the most accomplished and bankable film artist in the world, Will uses his powerful voice for social change. The All Def Movie Awards are enormously proud to honor Will Smith and his incredible body of work with our first Lifetime Achievement Award."
"As a writer, director, producer and author, Norman has been a true champion for people of color," he adds. "He shined a light on the marginalised in our society and made us laugh. He wrote aspirational and inspirational roles for minorities. He gave us dignity with "Good Times." He gave the working class a voice in "Sanford and Son." And most important to me, with "The Jeffersons," he showed us that a black man could be rich and successful and do the unthinkable: he could curse at the white man while standing up for what he believes in."
Russell Simmons , Lucy McIntosh - Universal Music Group's 2016 Grammy After Party at The Theater at Ace Hotel - Arrivals at The Theater at Ace Hotel - Los Angeles, Grammy - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 15th February 2016
Music mogul Russell Simmons has set up a new comedic awards show to address the lack of diversity at the Oscars.
The Def Jam label founder has created the inaugural All Def Movie Awards, which will be held as part of the All Def Comedy Live showcase to honour films and actors who are largely unrecognised by the prestigious Academy Awards.
Simmons' announcement comes after weeks of debate about the lack of diversity in the movie industry following the exclusion of black or minority stars in the major acting Oscar categories for the second consecutive year, which has led to Academy bosses changing their membership policy.
He says, "I don't expect a 90-year-old Academy member to see Straight Outta Compton or vote for it... I'm more concerned that in 2016 there continues to be a stunning lack of diversity in the studios, in the green light process, in the decisions of what films and television series get made, and what actors get chosen. This needs to be addressed institutionally. The All Def Movie Awards are not the Black Oscars, but they could be. This will be a fun, entertaining and hopefully thought provoking celebration of the uncelebrated."
Continue reading: Russell Simmons Creates Oscars Parody Awards Show
Mark Wahlberg has thanked rap mogul Russell Simmons after he flew to Flint, Michigan over the weekend (30-31Jan16) to help hand out bottled water to thirsty locals.
The Def Jam Recordings co-founder has been among the celebrities bringing awareness to the dirty water crisis in the city in recent weeks, and he was on the ground to help volunteers deliver bottles of AQUAhydrate to those in need.
Wahlberg and Sean 'Diddy' Combs are part-owners of the company, which donated one million bottles of water to the city.
The actor was too busy to fly to Michigan, but he was thrilled to hear Simmons was there to help.
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Leonardo Dicaprio, Robin Thicke And Rihanna Turned Out For Russell Simmons' Festive Fundraising Party In The Caribbean.
The music mogul threw the bash at a hotel in St. Barts on Monday (28Dec15) to bring in money for The Heart Fund, which helps children suffering from heart disease in developing countries.
DiCaprio, Thicke and Rihanna all attended the event, along with funnyman Chris Rock, among others.
Dr David Luu, president of The Heart Fund, posted a picture from the party on his Instagram.com and added in a caption, "Yesterday in one night we saved 70 kids with heart defects thanks to this amazing support of @unclerush... for @theheartfund in St Barts. Friends and family gathered to help us save lives, special thanks to @leonardodicaprio @robinthicke @chrisrock... #StBarths #caribbean #theheartfund @hotelletoinystbarth..."
Music Mogul Russell Simmons Has Expressed His Gratitude To Ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons For Choosing Him To Be The Godfather Of Her Baby With New Husband Tim Leissner.
The Def Jam label founder and former model were married for nearly 10 years before finalising their divorce in 2009. The split was amicable and they share custody of their two daughters, Ming and Aoki.
Kimora, who also has a six-year-old son with ex-boyfriend and actor Djimon Honsou, has since married businessman Tim, and earlier this year (15), they welcomed their first child together, son Wolf.
As Christmas approaches, Russell took to his Facebook page on Wednesday (23Dec15) to express how happy he is to be spending the holidays with his family, including his Kimora, Tim and all four kids.
Continue reading: Russell Simmons Is Godfather To Ex-wife's Baby
Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons Has Vowed To Help Users Of His Prepaid Debit Card Venture Rushcard, Who Are Experiencing Financial Hard Times, Due To Technical Issues, By Setting Up A Financial Fund For Them.
Earlier this month (Oct15), users experienced difficulty accessing their funds and took to social media to express their frustrations. They also filed a class action lawsuit on Friday (23Oct15), claiming they were informed the company would be performing updates to the system that would last a few hours, but their accounts were down for several weeks.
The users are seeking damages and the 58 year old has now announced plans to set up a multi-million dollar fund to assist consumers who can prove they suffered a financial setback due to their debit card issues.
"This whole situation has been devastating for them, and we want to make sure they are made whole," Simmons told the Associated Press.
Continue reading: Russell Simmons Establishing Fund For Rushcard Users
Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons Is Facing A Class Action Lawsuit Over His Prepaid Debit Card Venture Rushcard.
Earlier this month (Oct15), users experienced difficulty accessing their funds due to technical issues and took to social media to express their frustrations. They also filed a class action lawsuit on Friday (23Oct15), claiming they were informed the company would be performing updates to the system that would last a few hours, but their accounts were down for several weeks.
The users are seeking damages and injunctive relief based upon "the unlawful conduct of Defendants in denying such account holders the ability to obtain funds in their accounts" and "misappropriating funds held in the RushCard accounts".
In addition to the lawsuit, officials at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are conducting an investigation.
Continue reading: Russell Simmons Facing Lawsuit Over Rushcard