This week in New York city comedy is packed with heavy hitters, real deals, and genuine articles. From rapid-fire topical jokes at The Magnet to drunken literary critiques in a community bookstore, the city's funny people are bringing the goods in all manner of weird and wonderful shows. And best of ... More >>
[Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.] J-Zone has taken a break from his self-imposed exile from the rap world to ready his new album, Peter Pan Syndrome. The excellent project drops next week; befo ... More >>
As you know, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney selected Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate in his quest for the White House. Per usual, Hollywood has chimed in about his selection -- and for some reason people care.Regardless of how you feel about Ryan, Romney, abortion, gay marri ... More >>
In today's why-can't-we-all-get-along news, we wanted to give a quick shout-out to NY Peace Week, which runs until Jan. 22nd in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of non-violence. They have an important message and all, but we wanted to first get to the news that we think would grab your a ... More >>
Jay, showing off his new item. After wowing tri-state area crowds during his Watch The Throne shows with Kanye West, Jay-Z was spotted wearing a tshirt that said "Occupy Wall Street(s)"; the shirt was actually a prototype, and his clothing line Rocawear will eventually sell them to the public ... More >>
Liveblogging the news that Kanye West was going to bring all his power to Occupy Wall Street, first broken to the world in a tweet from Russell Simmons, after the fact: 3:45 p.m.: Runnin' Scared's Rosie Gray informs me that Kanye is at OWS. 3:46 p.m.: Let the retweeting commence. 3:47 p.m.: Let ... More >>
Yo! Bum rush the public library.
Araceli CruzThe usual suspects Runway shows are a funny thing. From the time the first model hits the catwalk until the last, the show takes approximately 12 minutes. But for about 45 minutes, pre-showtime, the waiting room consists of people-watching, more specifically celeb-watching. The de ... More >>
Bubba, sans burgers.The steak-and-martini dinner, once a hallmark of heavyweights and big shots, is no longer on the menu for many powerful people. As Joel Stein writes in BusinessWeek, some of the world's biggest successes are going vegan, including Steve Wynn, Russell Simmons, and former fa ... More >>
Artists take on the education system
Sitting on a park bench in Washington Square Park on a Thursday afternoon, with a small silver transistor radio clutched in his left hand and his trusty Minolta AF2 Hi-Matic camera slung around his shoulder, 49-year-old Ricky Powell breaks off from conversation to yell at a gaggle of teenage girls ... More >>
A few weeks ago, the music writer Dave Tompkins took a podium in one of NYU's many windowless annexes to promote his upcoming book, How To Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder From World War II To Hip-Hop. Behind him was a still from The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms frozen on the projector screen. In ... More >>
Half the world's money, in happier daysPerhaps you recall the David Paterson scandal that broke early last week, before a much bigger scandal came along and more or less finished his political career? The one involving Jay-Z and the gambling consortium AEG, the latter of whom won slot a conce ... More >>
Image via Russell Simmons (who else?) by way of AnimalNYNot the best look, performing on New Year's Eve on the yacht of the son of one of the more notorious terrorism financiers and Lockerbie bomber-absolvers on the planet. Worse if that son happens to have a woman-beating problem. The New Yo ... More >>
Planning to tuck into a nice, fat turkey this Thanksgiving? What are you, sick? Turkeys are your animal companions. Repent of your carnivorism in the traditional way -- with celebrities! On November 22, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Russell Simmons will host "Celebration FOR The Turkeys" ... More >>
In the week the word Ickitt became noun, verb, adjective, and baby, we dodged Watchmen hype, welcomed the Roots' newest member, Jimmy Fallon, and tried desperately to forget the details of the Rihanna/Chris Brown police report. Broadway Jimmy Jones got his animated gif. An ailing Michael Steele vow ... More >>
I generally get inundated with emails from all varieties of show biz types, all regularly hawking their wares, their firstborn, their mood swings, and their genital jewelry, in eternal hopes of a mention. But two figures rise way above the pack in the sheer volune of promo materials they put out th ... More >>
A frustrated Michael Musto asks: Who Sends More Press Releases--Russell Simmons or a Porn Star?
Russell Simmons weighs in at the Huffington Post. Then proceeds to shill, bizarrely, for Eckhart Tolle's The New Earth. But I do wonder—can anybody quantify the effects of the Jay-Z, Nas, Simmons, Mary, Diddy, etc. full-court press these past few months? Is this something a pollster can actually p ... More >>
Fitty, Biggie, and others tee off in a political doc
DISCUSSED: Russell Simmons, The Sopranos, Kanye, Lil Wayne, Detroit, marriage, Hillary Clinton, and asparagus. By Ben Westhoff Recently, I met up with 50 at G-Unit Clothing headquarters on 23rd Street, which boasts a faux-library of gold-painted books and topless ebony mannequins. In the flesh, ... More >>
Grandmaster Flash and the Smithsonian's new hip-hop collection
Aiming at Farrakhan, ADL jabs at mogul as Million Man March sequel nears
Hip-hop mogul helps young and broke get refundsfor a price
Back to the beat: Taking classes from hip-hop's old school
News orgs are serving up the Sudan conflict as a race war. Sadly, it's not that simple.
Russell Simmons gets high on Rockefelleragain
Russell $immons wants to fatten the hip-hop voteand maybe his wallet, too
Will Candidates Deliver for the African American Vote?
March Has Strong Words for Rap Music and Gangsta Youth
Activists Fear a Compromise on Rockefeller Repeal
Coalition Sets Deadline for Repealing Rockefeller Drug Laws
Is Rap vs. Pepsi a New Step or 'Same Ole Two Step'?
Rappers Give Madison Avenue a Run for Its Money
Russell Simmons Morphs Into a Mogul-Activist
But Were They Really Saying Something?
Black Boomers Shout Reparations in the CourtBut Go Silent in the 'Hood
Russell Simmons's 'Racial Contract' With Andrew Cuomo
The Minister vs. the Mogul
Critics Say Brooklyn Museum Is Soft on Hip-Hop Politics