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Russell Simmons,Laura Govan, Marlon Wayans & More Attend ‘Sip & Style’ Event Hosted By NBC’s Marlon Star Bresha Webb

It was a day of beauty and fun Saturday, August 12th, at Russell SimmonsTantris located in beautiful West Hollywood, Califronia. Stars, tastemakers and invited guest were on hand for  a ‘Sip & Style’ event hosted by NBC’s Marlon star, Bresha Webb.

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Guests were treated to wellness and pampering services provided by Aveda cosmetics and Tantris hairstylist.

There was also a bevy of star power on hand as well, Russell Simmons (Owner of Tantris/Media Mogul), Laura Govan (formerly of VH1’s Basketball Wives), AJ Johnson (Actress/Celebrity Personal Trainer),Simone Shepherd (Social Media Influencer/Comedian), Dominique Perry (Insecure), Gabrielle Dennis (Insecure), Ashley North (W.A.G.S), Angela Christine (Tantris salon Senior Creative Consultant and Celebrity Hairstylist), Angell Conwell (Actress), Ashley Everett (Beyonce’s Dance Captain), Cece Price (Social Media Influencer ‘The CeCe Show’), Jasmine Brand (The Jasmine Brand), Kellee Stewart (NBC Midnight, Texas), Monique Coleman (Actress), Nina Parker (Access Hollywood Live), Russell Simmons (Owner of Tantris), Zulay Henao (OWN Love Thy Neighbor) and stars of the upcoming show Marlon, Notlim Taylor and Marlon Wayans.

It definitely looked like a day of nothing but pure fun, beauty,laughs with plenty of black girl magic in the air!

To see more photos from the amazing event checkout the gallery below and also makes sure you tune into NBC, this Wednesday, at 9/8 p.m. CST when Marlon premieres!

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Spotify Premieres New Podcast Series Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty

Host Reggie Ossé (aka Combat Jack) tells the story of the music executive who changed hip-hop and shaped the careers of some of its most beloved artists: LL Cool J, Missy Elliott, 50 Cent, and more. With one of the most illustrious careers in music, Chris Lighty rose to the pinnacle of musical success before an untimely end. This story is broader than just music — it’s the story of the American Dream. The series will be hosted by Reggie and feature commentary from Russell Simmons, Fat Joe, Warren G, Troy Carter and others. It is produced in partnership with Gimlet Media and Loudspeaker Network.

Check out the new podcast HERE.

Series Description

Chris Lighty’s story is the story of hip-hop. His childhood in the Bronx was soaked in 1970’s hip-hop culture, the first electric moments of a brand-new scene. Lighty fell in love with the music, and soon he was carrying crates of records for the pioneering DJ Red Alert, and hitting the road with legendary acts like The Jungle Brothers and De La Soul. Then he became a hip-hop legend himself: discovering artists like Foxy Brown and Fat Joe, making the careers of superstars like 50 Cent, LL Cool J, Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes, and masterminding some of the industry’s most lucrative deals. Lighty was the rare executive who was comfortable in both the streets and the boardroom. But while he expertly managed the lives of everyone around him, his personal problems became unmanageable. And in 2012, he was found dead at his house in the Bronx, an apparent suicide that left the music world reeling.

Touching on issues of race, mental illness, the commercialization of hip-hop, and the price of success, Mogul: The Life & Death of Chris Lighty will unpack Lighty’s’ story in a 6-episode podcast miniseries. The project features interviews with Lighty’s family and friends, stories from hip-hop luminaries like Russell Simmons, Warren G and Fat Joe, and previously unheard recordings of Chris Lighty himself. It is hosted by Reggie Ossé, who comes to the project from his critically acclaimed hip-hop interview podcast The Combat Jack Show. Produced as a collaboration between Gimlet Media and Loud Speakers Network, Mogul will be released as a Spotify exclusive on April 27.                           

 

Episode One

In this episode, we meet Chris and his family and hear about what it was like to grow up in the Bronx in the 1970s. We also learn about a new form of music that started to germinate through park jams held across the city—the music that would come to be known as hip hop. From there, we follow Chris from the park jams to the emerging hip hop club scene, where he takes the first step on the road to becoming a mogul.

 

Voices: DJ Red Alert, Fat Joe, Jessica Brooks (Chris’ mom), Nicole Lighty (Chris’ sister), Darryl Thompson (Chris’ best friend), Chris Ali (Chris’ childhood friend), Dan Charnas, Joan Morgan, and AB Butler.

 

Episode Two

In this episode, Chris really kicks off his career in the music industry, road managing the Jungle Brothers and touring with them across the US. After a successful stint with the JBs, Chris’ talent is recognized by Lyor Cohen of Def Jam. The transition from scrappy road manager to hip hop executive is not an easy one, though, and to really succeed, Chris will be forced to leave his past behind.

 

Voices: Russell Simmons, The Jungle Brothers, DJ Red Alert, Dan Charnas, Chris Ali, and Chris Lighty.

 

Episode Three

In this episode, Chris rises through the ranks of Def Jam and has his first big break in the industry when he signs the then-unknown Warren G. Warren’s first album is massive and Chris is, for the first time, taken seriously as a creative executive. But he’ll still need his street smarts when an epic showdown with hip hop’s bogeyman, Suge Knight, happens at the climax of the episode.

 

Voices: Warren G, Paul Stewart, Russell Simmons, Dan Charnas, and Chris Lighty.

 

Episode Four

In this episode, we discover that being a hip hop manager isn’t all champagne, private jets, and 5 star hotels. In fact, it’s a job that’s incredibly stressful, particularly when you’re managing a number of temperamental and unpredictable performers. To make matters worse, Chris’ hot streak at Def Jam ends, and he is eclipsed by a new wave of executives.

 

Voices: Fat Joe, D Nice, N.O.R.E, Blue Williams, Sophia Chang, Kevin Liles, and Chris Lighty.

 

Episode Five

When this episode begins, Chris is at a career low-point. He’s on his way out of Def Jam and a number of recent ventures haven’t paid off. So he takes a chance on a controversial rapper from Queens who was, at the time, an industry pariah. That rapper turns out to be 50 Cent, and the pair make millions together through their Vitamin Water endorsement deal. But success in hip-hop is fleeting, and chaos in Chris’ personal life puts him back at the grind, hustling for his next big deal in the midst of a global recession.

 

Voices: Sha Money XL, Dan Charnas, Sophia Chang, Tiffany Lighty (Chris’ Daughter).

 

Episode Six

Chris’ life ends suddenly in 2012. In this episode, we find out the circumstances surrounding his death, and probe what actually happened on the day he died.

 

Voices: Tiffany Lighty, Jessica Brooks, Nicole Lighty, Darryl Thompson, Chris Ali, Sophia Chang, Joan Morgan, and AB Butler.

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Russell Simmons Speaks On RushCard Lawsuit & Commitment To Underserved

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Russell Simmons has spent the past few months rebuilding his company UniRush, LLC following a catastrophic service outage that affected over 130,000 RushCard holders that gave way to a period the business mogul referred to as “one of the most devastating times in his adult life.”

Rather than give into the stress Simmons has been committed to making amends. He literally put his money where his mouth is offering five months of free service to RushCard holders, cutting into a reasonable chunk of profits. Simmons went even further putting aside $25 million to cover a settlement with affected customers which came out to $20.5 million. UniRush will pay $100 – $500 per claim along with $1.5 million in legal fees. You combine this along with their transparency with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s investigation into the outage, and its clear UniRush’s dedicated to doing right by its customers.

In spite of UniRush’s growth and continued resolve to be held accountable the industry refuses to view the financial company as a serious player, something Simmons touched on while speaking with HipHopDX.

“We invented this industry. They should stop calling me a celebrity company. I didn’t brand the company. I invented the entire form of banking. All of what American Express is doing, all of what Green Dot is doing, all of what Netspend is doing, all of what Chase Manhattan is doing—we did first. We invented an industry for underserved community members. We’re not a credit card. We’re a virtual bank. For people saying [negative things] about our service, as part of the competitive service with all the people who joined our industry, the Consumer’s Union—which you know is not something you can pay for—[ranked RushCard] one of their top five companies.”

Simmons’ passion for providing services to underserved communities cannot be denied. He also shared his plans to create a credit agency to help individuals unable to build credit through traditional means, establish a solid credit history.

“One thing I’ve been fighting for and have been at the forefront of is credit—building credit for past due services. You pay rent every month for eight years on a RushCard, why can’t you get a mortgage? I think that’s a travesty. I think a lot of the big companies like Mastercard, the Visas, the others that do the processing and infrastructure work—a lot of us could come together and force them to accept this information on credit reports—the FICOs of the world. Or we should build one. Now I’m committed to building [a credit agency] if I can’t get a change in the next couple of months. I have to build a credit reporting agency that people who have consistent and strong ties to, whoever their partners are, build credit as a result of it. Whether it’s rent or paying a past due phone bill or just consistently being on-time and paying it, it should build credit. This industry has been overlooked by anybody because it’s not a big pay.”

UniRush’s growth is due in part to Simmons not shying away from innovation.

“I try to do the best I can with my company. I also realize there’s lots of innovations that no one is doing that I have to either do or do with my new partner. I have to make my new partners step up their innovations or I have to do it myself because the industry itself doesn’t care so much. It’s a sidebar for Chase Manhattan, American Express, to everyone except Green Dot and Netspend, who are our real competitors and real inspirations in some cases.”

 

This innovation has allowed UniRush to establish relationships with an unintentional demographic, millennials and they’ve seen significant growth within that group.

“This card should be for affluent people as well as underserved community members and it should be the wave of the future for millennials. This is the bank for millennials, for the future. I haven’t started doing the branding, but the growth rate for our company is 70% millennials, when it used to be single mothers. Our main target was single mothers because they were the ones that ran the family and managed the funds. Millennials who don’t like banks are coming in our direction and we haven’t even begun the branding exercise to speak to them. All of our new customers are millennials—60 to 70%.”

While most companies facing similar circumstances would never be able to recover UniRush is well on its way due in part to company’s willingness to own up to the mishap and making amends with its customers. Simmons continued involvement  in the company and his dedication to making financial services accessible in underserved communities and beyond is commendable.

You can read more about Simmons plans to bring various philanthropic programs to benefit these communities, what’s he’s learned throughout this process, as well as what sets UniRush apart in his full interview with HipHopDx.

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Kanye West Keeps It All The Way 100 on ‘The Ellen Show’ [Video]

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Now, normally we tend to tilt our heads, and squint our eyes at Kanye West‘s speeches or social media rants, and outbursts. But this time, The Life of Pablo rapper-producer-designer gives a clear understanding on what his intentions are behind what we would call: “his random moments”, when all he is simply just trying to do is “change the world”, he says.

“Michael Jackson and Russell Simmons is the reason why I was able to go so far in music.”

“I have to be Michael Jackson of apparel in order to break open doors.”

Recently, West had great conversation with Ellen Degeneres on The Ellen Show as they discussed Kim Kardashian, Kanye’s social antics, his reasoning behind just simply being real, how we’re in a Renaissance period, and that he was raised to make a difference. He even references a few classic lines from rapper Rakim, which Ye says he was raised on; including Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, paired with overall Hip-Hop music, and expression.

Check out the special clip above.

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Pat Er’son Shows Us The Meaning of “Hustle” In His New Song, Shouts-Out Russell Simmons [New Music]

Talent will get you in the game but it takes a lot more than that to win! Pat Er’son makes this clear in his latest song “Hustle”.The rising New Jersey talent also shouts-out Russell Simmons on the official track.

Russell even showed some love via Twitter just shortly after the song dropped.

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When asked about his new song Er’son stated:

“I have a lot of people who believe in me hoping and waiting for me to blow, but I am also aware of those who doubt me…that’s what makes me Hustle!!!”

If you need a song that motivates you to keep grinding, and working hard for your goals/dreams — this is the anthem to live by. Pat Er’son also says:

Sometimes it takes sleepless nights to make a dream a reality.

Take a listen above.

Twitter: @Pat_Erson_

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Last Night In L.A.: Floyd Mayweather Pays A Young Lady’s Rent at ‘All Def Comedy Live’

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Russell Simmons presents All Def Comedy Live by Celsius, powered by The Brand Group in Hollywood , California Home of the Stars was the place to be last evening. The Funniest night in the country was hosted by Tony Rock and featured some of the best comedians in the world.
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Last night The Champ Floyd Mayweather decided to be ADCL’s special guest and who knew that he would end up paying some crowd members rent payment.

What all started as a funny joke with Tony Rock and a crowd member, turned into the young lady asking Floyd to pay her rent, The champ said “How Much?”, The lady said “$1400.00”, The Champ took out the money and gave it to her. What a way to end a Wednesday night, No wonder he’s the peoples Champ.
Wow! That was pretty dope Floyd!
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Special shouts-out to Miss Diddy (left) and the ladies of The Brand Group for always holding things down at every ADCL! #Family
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Last Night In L.A.: Russell Simmons Presents All Def Comedy Live with Special Guest Ludacris & Ed Weinberger

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Last Night In L.A…Special Guest Comic Michael Blackson took the stage for an encore performance at Russell Simmons’ All Def Comedy Live, presented by Celsius, Powered by The Brand Group.
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This Hollywood Phenomenon known as ‘All Def Comedy Live’ has brought out all of the greatest celebrities from Floyd Mayweather, JCole, Drake, Kendall Jenner and more. Well, last night artist-actor Ludacris came out to enjoy a night of laughs with his friends.
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Brandon T. Jackson showed up to support the night, and promised fans he would jump on stage in the weeks to come.
Super Viner King Keraun came out for some laughs as well as Jay Z‘s drummer Tony Royster.
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The treat was when The creator of The Cosby Show Ed Weinberger was spotted in VIP with a couple of colleagues.
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O’Neal McKnight and wife Miriam Sternoff were also in the building for the comedic festivities.
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Special shout-out to Miss Diddy and the Ladies of The Brand Group Team!
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Last Night In L.A.: Russell Simmons, Stephen Hill, Terrence J, Andre Harrell & more at All Def Comedy Live

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Of course, it was live and poppin’ right in the heart of Los Angeles at the All Def Comedy Live presented by CELSIUS & All Def Digital, Powered by The Brand Group. Attendees spotted were: O’Neal McKnight, Andre Harrell, Russell Simmons, Terreance J, Stephen Hill, Cortez Bryant and Lou Williams (Lakers).

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Last Night In L.A.: Kylie Jenner, Justine Skye, Mila J & more at ‘All Def Comedy Live’

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Last Night In L.A….Kendall Jenner and bestie Justine Skye stopped their busy schedules to come and laugh at All Def Comedy Live for a special night with Mike Epps.

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With a new sitcom in the works through Will Packer Productions, and a huge movie role, Mike Epps is out showing his fans that he’s still the best to do it. ‘

All Def Comedy Live,’ presented by CELSIUS & All Def Digital, Powered by The Brand Group, has officially named this show “The Funniest Night In The Country,”which attracts all Hollywood faves.

 

Also, Motown’s R&B Recording Artist, Mila J stopped by along with Love & Hip Hop NY Nya Lee who recently moved to Hollywood.

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SEE ALSO:

LAST NIGHT IN L.A.: ASAP ROCKY, RUSSELL SIMMONS, RACHEL ROY AND MORE ATTEND ‘ALL DEF COMEDY LIVE’

LAST NIGHT IN HOLLYWOOD: ‘ALL DEF COMEDY LIVE’ WITH RUSSELL SIMMONS, FLO RIDA, ROCSI DIAZ, QUINCY BROWN & MORE

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Last Night In L.A.: ASAP Rocky, Russell Simmons, Rachel Roy and more attend ‘All Def Comedy Live’

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Last Night In L.A…A$AP Rocky, Russell Simmons and Fonzworth Bentley attend All Def Comedy Live presented by Celsius and All Def Digital, Powered by The Brand Group.

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Also, our Fly Friend Miss Diddy celebrated her official birthday during the evenings comedic festivities. Russell Simmons and host Tony Rock made sure to celebrate it in the best way possible. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISS DIDDY!!

Rap Star, A$AP Rocky was spotted in VIP with friends enjoying himself. Others in attendance were: O’neal McKnight from Lifetimes new TV show Kosher Soul and Rachel Roy and her beautiful daughter Ava.

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