Russell Simmons

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Record promoter and mogul Russell Simmons has been a part of some of the biggest acts in hip-hop, including The Beastie Boys and Run DMC. But his latest passion is reducing the carbon footprints of America's college campuses. To meet that goal he's running a contest called America's Greenest Campus. You can also visit Global Grind.

Hear Russell Simmons' 2003 Survival Kit here.


Russell Simmons

Comments [14]

Pelayo from DC

Simmons is a living legend, and so wise. But please refrain from having this interviewer fill in again for Lopate, she's terrible and couldn't sound less interested in her guest.

Apr. 23 2009 02:20 PM
craig from east village

just wanted to say I am a HUGE fan of Leonard. But Daljit can fill in anytime! What a voice. A mix of cream and honey, simply delicious....

Apr. 22 2009 02:02 PM
Ben from Manhattan

Yeah, wow, cutting him off mid-sentence towards the end there - really rude.

On the other hand, Russel Simmons came across as being very intelligent, well-spoken and even inspirational. I love the work you're doing across cultures and working to help the younger generation.

Keep up the good work, man. Thought that the interviewer blew it and was too aggressive when you're obviously trying to do good things.

Apr. 22 2009 02:02 PM
Christopher Deignan from Middle Village

What a terrible interview. Your guest presenter is awful. She has a lovely speaking voice but she can't interview for toffee. Sorry, hate to be so critical but please I beg you, do not have her fill in for Leonard again.

Apr. 22 2009 01:59 PM
Amanda Dora from East Village

Russell Simmons is fascinating and inspiring. Point taken on his public speaking skills, but so many gems come through. Just hang in there. This guy has an important message.

Apr. 22 2009 01:58 PM
the truth from bkny

how rude..cut off mid sentence!!

Apr. 22 2009 01:58 PM
michael from brooklyn

in contrast to the other posters i find mr. simmons to be an incredible breath of fresh air. rather than arguing points- he is listening to the interviewer as well as himself. he holds himself up and challenges himself to improve on all levels and i am inspired by his candidness and his influence.

Apr. 22 2009 01:57 PM
the truth from bkny

Keep doing good works Russ

Apr. 22 2009 01:57 PM
Julia from New York

Russell Simmons has this combative and self-defensive way of speaking that negates from the causes he is trying to promote. He does not allow room for an actual discourse but merely plows ahead (rudely, I might add) with his platform and its overall impression on me is less than positive.

Apr. 22 2009 01:56 PM
the truth from bkny

It is NOT an interview, it is a free flowing discussion

Apr. 22 2009 01:56 PM
Karen Gormandy from New York


What a thoughtful big hearted man!

I am amazed at his honesty, openness and generosity.

Thanks for the frank assessment on so many issues. Free of bitterness and anger... a good lesson.

Apr. 22 2009 01:56 PM
Jason from Midtown

is it just me or are all of russell simmons' interviews really... awkward. hes not a good interview. he will bring up something, stop short, then will start talking about something else, and then eventually he sounds annoyed or something at the interviewer.

Apr. 22 2009 01:52 PM
David Blaustein from Live in Clinton Hill Brooklyn

Russell - you rock. But you can be hard to follow, you're talking about a lot of things at once. How about some public speaking training? With respect-
David Blaustein

Apr. 22 2009 01:46 PM
Anonymous from Brooklyn

I live in Bushwick, BK, and I'm sad to say that the amount of water you save over years of turning off the tap while brushing your teeth is wasted in just an hour of an open fire hydrant. The problem is not on college campuses, it is in poor neighborhoods like Bushwick. On my block two fire hydrants run on full blast all summer long. Cars are idling all day, all year. People eat meat three meals a day. As the hip hop Mogul, can't you reach out to Brooklyn's poor neighborhoods as well as college campuses?

Apr. 22 2009 01:44 PM

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