Russell Simmons • Entrepreneur, Designer, Philanthropist
Early Years • Born: October 4, 1957 • New York, New York • Briefly attended City College of New York
FOUNDER • Def Jam Records • Phat Farm • Simmons Lathan Media Group • Unirush Financial Services • Simmons Jewelry Co. • GlobalGrind.com • Argyleculture • Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation • Hip-Hop Summit Action Network
Took Part In... • Foundation of Ethic Understanding • PETA • ASPCA • Los Angeles’ 2010 Gay Pride Rally
Author • Do You! 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success • Super Rich: Inside and Out
Inspiration. • He wants to give a voice to engage a new kind of day with “creative and social movements” to enhance America. • Potential • Obama
Legacy. • Music, Fashion, Producer, Supporter • Def Jam Records • Father of Hip-Hop • Phat Farms • Roc-A-Wear, Sean John, Derion, Enyce, Ecko, etc.
Why? • Equal Rights to Everyone
Def Jam Records • created:1984 • Hip-Hop and Urban Music • Kurtis Blow, Run DMC, Will Smith, the Beastie Boys, Jay Z, LL Cool J, and Ludacris
Phat Farm • First Jump into the fashion industry • Opened doors for many other popular fashion lines • Baby Phat and Run Athletics
Simmons Lathan Media Group • Simmon’s first step into other forms of media other than music • Def Comedy Jam, Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, The Nutty Professor, Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Run’s House, and Runny Russell Simmons
Unirush Financial Services • Give access or those who are under serviced or rejected by banks and is now known as the most largest growing general purpose debit card service
Simmons Jewelry Co. • First African American Major Jewelry Co.
GlobalGrind.com • Entertainment Website
Argyleculture • “Multi-Racial, Culturally Sophisticated” fashion line
Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation • giving urban youth access to the arts
Hip-Hop Summit Action Network • used to teach at risk kids to use hip hop music as an educational tool for for cultural relevance
Work Cited. "Russell Simmons Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television. Web. 11 Mar. 2012. <http://www.biography.com/people/russell-simmons-307186>. "Russell Simmons." Rush Communications LLC. Web. 11 Mar. 2012. <http://www.rushcommunications.com/russell-simmons/>. "Russell Simmons: Time to Get Inspired." CNN. 05 Nov. 2008. Web. 11 Mar. 2012. <http://articles.cnn.com/2008-11-05/politics/simmons.obama_1_hip-hop-community-russell-simmons-cnn?_s=PM:POLITICS>.