About Russell Simmons

How can a person who commits murder or rapes a child receive lesser time than an individual who is charged with a low-level drug offense?

Dear Donald, Over 30 plus years you have been an amazing friend; endorsing my books, coming to my shows, flying me on your planes, your helicopters, and even allowing my family members and myself to stay in your house in Florida many times. So, it kinda pains me to know that my public statements about […]

When we were growing up in Hollis, Queens in the '70s, there was not a single person who wasn't affected by the drug epidemic that began to ravage our community.

I’ve been in the fashion industry for 20+ years, but what I saw last night gave me more inspiration than anything I’ve ever seen in the past two decades. My first stop of the night was the Argyle Culture show, which was absolutely incredible. The new line is the best its ever been. The reaction was amazing. And […]

There is a story that Elijah Muhammad would often tell about a mule that was chained to a tree for many, many years. Finally, when the mule was unchained, he still didn’t leave the tree’s side. You may already know where I’m going with this… when I was a young record guy, I would go […]

Let me begin with a very clear message: I am not anti-police, never  have been, never will be. In fact, I think for many people who come from communities like the one I grew up in, Hollis, Queens, becoming a police officer is a great ambition that leads to a steady, well-paying job with great benefits. […]

According to the yogis, God gives us all the potential to promote miracles. In the Yoga Sutras (the sacred science book from around 200 AD often referred to as the “bible” of yoga) there is a term “tapas,” which means hard work, determination and focus. It refers to a disciplined use of our energy. And with […]

Never once have I imagined either of my daughters ever going to prison.  Never have I had the image in my head of my children getting finger-printed, photographed and processed by police officers at the local precinct. Never have I imagined Aoki or Ming in an orange jumpsuit walking through in-take at LA County Jail. […]

I saw images of Ferguson last night carried across televisions, newspapers and the internet and it broke my heart. This all began when an unarmed, black teenager was gunned down by a police officer in broad daylight. Although we do not know all of the details, we have been at this moment far too many […]

My eleven-year-old daughter, Aoki Lee, is headed for the 8th grade already and has been asking Kimora and I for months if she could attend a boarding school in Switzerland. Her dream is to become an investment banker like her step-father, who happens to be one of the smartest and best money men in the […]

A blog from Russell Simmons, as he reflects on his encounter with the Cash Money Records crew...

Lately I’ve been out promoting my new book Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple. Everyone from Dr. Oz to Arsenio Hall to Steve Harvey to Dr. Sanjay Gupta to Queen Latifah and tons of other wonderful people have let me sit down with them and talk about the benefits of meditation. And people seem to be […]