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."
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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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Russell Simmons , Lucy McIntosh - Premiere of 'Fifty Shades of Black' at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 - Arrivals at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 26th January 2016
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.
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Hip-hop Mogul Russell Simmons Wants Business Tycoon Donald Trump To Stop Resorting To Controversial Rhetoric In His Bid To Become U.s. President.
Trump has been courting controversy in public speeches since he announced plans to run for the White House in June (15), but he came under fire on Monday (07Dec15) when he called for Muslims to be banned from entering the U.S. following recent terror attacks.
Simmons, who has previously spoken out against his longterm friend, has now posted an open letter to Trump on Globalgrind.com, insisting the politician could become the Republican presidential candidate by being the "amazing friend" Simmons' knows, rather than using hateful remarks to garner easy votes.
Following a passage about their 30-year friendship, Simmons writes, "You are a born leader, who is set to possibly win the nomination of your party, but don't compromise what I know is in your heart to do it. You are a generous, kind man who has built a career on negotiating deals where everybody wins. Now, you seem like a one-man wrecking ball willing to destroy our nation's foundation of freedom.
Continue reading: Russell Simmons Orders Donald Trump To 'Stop Fuelling Fires Of Hate'
Guest, Russell Simmons, Scottie Pippen, Larsa Younan , Kamal Hotchandani - Celebrities attend the art exhibition opening of Domingo Zapata at Lulu Laboratorium in Wynwood at Lulu Laboratorium - Miami, Florida, United States - Thursday 3rd December 2015
Russell Simmons - Presented by Love Fashion Art New York, Haute Living Magazine and Superega for Domingo Zapata, Domingo Zapata debuted his 'WANTED' exhibition at Lulu Laboratorium. Adrien Brody also exhibited a new painting series 'Hotdogs, Hamburgers and Handguns'. - Miami, Florida, United States - Wednesday 2nd December 2015
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.
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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.
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Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Snoop Dogg, Russell Simmons, And J. Cole Hit The Streets Of Washington, D.c. On Saturday (10oct15) To Mark The 20th Anniversary Of The Civil Rights Movement's Million Man March.
Fellow hip-hop stars Chuck D, Young Jeezy, Jay Electronica and Common were also among the thousands who joined Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to demand racial equality as part of the Justice…Or Else! march.
The demonstrators, who flooded the National Mall, called for action to combat the increasing numbers of alleged police brutality incidents involving black youths across the U.S. and even chanted the lyrics to Kendrick Lamar song Alright.
The march, which was live-streamed on Combs' Revolt website, also featured a performance by Common, who shared a photo of himself onstage after the gig and captioned it, "Rocking DC for Million Man March 20yr (year) Anniversary".
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Will Smith And His Wife Jada Have Made A Generous Donation To Officials At The Foundation For Ethnic Understanding (Ffeu) To Help Feed The Homeless This Christmas.
The acting couple was among the guests attending the organisation's 26th anniversary fundraiser at rap mogul Russell Simmons' Hollywood home last week (30Sep15), when The Hunger Games star Jeffrey Wright was honoured for his philanthropic work.
During the event, FFEU chairman Russell revealed one of the biggest donations had come from Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, although he declined to specify exactly how much they had handed over.
The funds will be used to help provide meals for the homeless in Los Angeles on Christmas Day (25Dec15).
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Filmmakers Are Reportedly Adapting Def Jam Co-founder Russell Simmons' Memoir About The Iconic Hip-hop Label Into A Film.
Executives at Universal are working on an as-yet-untitled movie based on Simmons' 2002 tome, Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money, + God, according to Deadline.com.
Reports suggest Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan and The Wolf Of Wall Street's Jonah Hill are the top picks to play Simmons and the label's other co-founder Rick Rubin in the biopic, respectively.
The duo formed Def Jam in 1983, and their impressive roster included legendary hip-hop stars such as Public Enemy, LL Cool J, and the Beastie Boys.