RUSHCARD’S KEEP THE PEACE INITIATIVE IS LAUNCHED AUG 7, 2014 – Activist, meditation enthusiast and music mogul Russell Simmons and his debit card company RushCard are launching the “RushCard’s Keep the Peace” initiative campaign to help prevent what they see as the leading problems with our youth: poverty, lack of opportunity and an incarceration rate disproportionately affecting…
MAR 4, 2014 – The David Lynch Foundation, an organization that promotes daily meditation to youth to bring about a more positive world, honored the great musical producer Rick Rubin last month with the "Lifetime of Harmony" award. Rubin is behind all the great songs you have heard for years, and as the director David Lynch described Rubin in a Variety article, "He has the ability to tune into each artist's talent and bring out the best they've got. The list of bands and artists that worked with Rick is so long, it'd be morning if we read out all the names. And it is a heavy duty list. Rick Rubin has great ears and a great mind between them." Russell Simmons, who founded Def Jam Records with Rubin and uses meditation in his daily life and stresses the use of meditation in public schools in his new book, "Success Through Stillness", is a great friend of Rick Rubin. In talking about Rubin he said in the same Variety article, "I'm amazed that he is willing to accept any accolades. He's never taken his Grammys. I don't know where the fuckin' Grammys are. You can sell them, give the money to the David Lynch Foundation." Simmons talks about when he first met Rubin and said, "All of us are trying to calm the noise. At the time I had one route and it was through drugs. I couldn't relate to anybody who was sober because they had so much noise, except Rick, who was totally sober, but he exuded the kind of freedom that I was seeking. He seemed to have a stable and lasting hold on it." Simmons credits daily meditation by Rubin to be the key in this and his own success and stresses you can achieve success too with daily meditation. Rubin was also in instrumental in helping the Dixie Chicks with their career after reactionaries attacked their free speech, and they were on hand for the event and performed one of their very few U.S. shows in the last few years. No video yet but JTMP will post them if they come out.
Read more about meditation and visit the David Lynch Foundation website. Start your first meditation session right now with Rick Rubin and Alison Chemick in a short film titled "Music and Spirituality" from NOWNESS on YouTube below. Read more about Rick and the event on Variety.com here.
NOV 15, 2011 – Rocawear, a "lifestyle brand" launched by rapper Jay Z has pulled from sales a t-shirt that had Occupy Wall Street on it, with the W being crossed out, and a S added at the end to make it say, "Occupy All Streets", after reports he was not donating any proceeds to occupy activists at Wall Street or any other city. Backstage at his Watch The Throne concert last week, he was photographed along with Russell Simmons with the shirt on and it got out to the Internet. Social Media and the Internet exploded with anger and outcry from millions of people, and within 24 hours it was pulled.
An Occupy Wall Street leader who goes by the pseudonym Grim told TMZ, "To attempt to profit off the first important social moment of 50 years with an overpriced piece of cotton is an insult to the fight for economic civil rights known as #occupywallstreet." However, today the t-shirt has reappeared on the Rocawear website, and appears back on sale for 22 bucks, still with no proceeds to any occupy activists or any other cause.
Katy Perry and her husband Russell Brand dressed incognito visited Occupy Wall Street along with Russell Simmons. Driving by on bikes, they stopped at Zuccotti Park and Katy Tweeted about her visit while she was there. They posed for a Tweet pic:
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Rapper Kanye West visited Occupy Wall Street yesterday with music mogul Russell Simmons, in a show of solidarity against corporate greed. Russell Simmons has been very involved with the crowd at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan for the past couple of weeks, even meditating with the crowd. Many think that Russell urged Kanye to come to the park with him and see it firsthand, no word yet on whether he may write a song in support of it later down the road, we will see.
Afterwards, Russell "Tweeted" positively about the visit: