Seen in the Jerusalem Post
Sham: Russell Simmons Bigoted Hip-Hop Nation
of Islams influence on Michael Jackson is disturbing.
But its nothing, compared to the groups influence
on someone much more important hip-hop mogul Russell
and Chairman of Def Jam Records, Simmons heads up the Hip-Hop
Summit Action Network (HSAN). Simmons and his wife also recently
sold the Phat Farm hip-hop clothing empire for about $140
in fashion and celebrity magazines. Writers gush over their
50,000 square foot mansion and his wifes two Bentleys,
25-carat diamond ring, and worlds largest collection
of Louis Vuitton bags (numbering in the thousands). Reporters
laud the former drug dealers yoga, vegetarian lifestyle.
is the most influential figure in the rise of hip-hop and
rap and one of the most influential figures in American pop
that role, Simmons has surrounded himself with Nation of Islam
leader Louis Farrakhan and his acolytes. At Farrakhans
request, the Simmonses co-chaired the Million Family March
Entertainment Initiative in 2000 and enlisted many celebrities.
Simmons calls Farrakhan "a saint," featuring him
at HSAN events.
receptivity to Farrakhans anti-Semitic, supremacist
views culminated in a dangerous voter registration and political
drive launched in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
announced his "One Mind. One Vote" campaign on ABC
Radio. His aim to register millions of young urban voters
might seem laudable. But Simmons HSAN is headed by Farrakhans
right-hand man and has supported some frightening, anti-Semitic
Chavis Muhammad: The President and CEO of HSAN, Chavis Muhammad
was organizer of Farrakhans 1995s "Million
Man March" and 2000s "Million Family March."
In 1994, he was fired as Executive Director of the NAACP
when he stole at least $64,000 to settle a sexual harassment
suit. He blamed his ouster on "right-wing Jews."
Rather than allow him to remain an anti-Semitic pariah,
Simmons personally sought and hired him. Chavis runs Simmons
current hip-hop voter-registration drive.
McKinney & Earl Hilliard: HSAN was founded when the
two then-Congressmen were invited by Simmons and Chavis
Muhammad to the first Hip-Hop Summit in 2001. Hilliard's
blueprint for a nationally and regionally organized hip-hop
political movement became Simmons' HSAN. Both were defeated
in 2002 primaries when their anti-Semitic, Islamist statements
became a national issue.
Mega: A contestant on CBS reality show, "Big
Brother," Mega was an unsuccessful November 2003 candidate
for Philadelphia City Council. He announced his candidacy
at the 2003 Philadelphia Hip-Hop Summit (hosted by Simmons)
and is the Philadelphia delegate to the National Hip-Hop
Political Action Committee.
But Mega was national field marshal for the New Black Panther
Party and a close aide to its late leader Khalid Abdul Muhammad
(a Farrakhan disciple). He organized and appeared beside
Muhammad at both Million Youth Marches in Harlem--including
the 1998 event, at which Muhammad called then-Mayor Rudolph
Giuliani a "cracker" and a "devil" and
urged attacks on police. Sixteen policemen were injured.
In 2001, Mega called Whites and Jews "evil and unrighteous"
and the enemy. His mentor, Muhammad, called Jews, "bloodsuckers."
Baraka: The Deputy Mayor of Newark, Baraka is the son
of ousted New Jersey Poet Laureate Amiri Baraka. The elder
Barakas "poems" claimed Israel and the
Jews knew of and planned the 9-11 WTC attacks. He compared
Giuliani to David Duke and Clarence Thomas to feces. The
son, Ras, stands by his father. And Simmons stands by
him, having featured Ras in his "Def Poetry Jam."
Poetry Jam," Simmons touring Broadway show, now
features Palestinian rapperette/poetess Suheir Hammad. Her
rantings attack Christianity and Judaism and claim that even
several Israeli lives arent worth the life of one Palestinian
boy. Her act was covered approvingly by the Terrorist News
also in honor of King Day, Simmons embarked on a campaign
to denounce anti-Semitism. Israeli newspaper, Haaretz,
announced that he wrote an article protesting the wave of
anti-Semitism sweeping Europe and the U.S. The article is
co-written by Rabbi Marc Schneier, a frequent apologist for
Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and now, Simmons.
and Schneier wrote that Dr. King, would decry the "moral
laryngitis" of leaders who fail to speak out against
Simmons, King strongly opposed anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism
in his famous "Letter to an Anti-Zionist Friend."
The loudest case of moral laryngitis hed likely lament
is that of Simmons. His anti-Semitic Farrakhan friends and
hip-hop associates are the outrage everyone seems to ignore.
incredible that Simmons would pretend, in Haaretz
and the New York Daily News, that his hip-hop nation--rife
with anti-Semitesis "the community that comes together
as one . . . united in its condemnation" of anti-Semitism.
Even scarier, that he wants to register voters mirroring his
hip-hop hypocrisy. Call it chutzpah.
yoga and Bentleys in the world wont change this: Russell
Simmons hip-hop "enlightenment" is a Def-Sham.