This Audible documentary series explores justice in America and exposes the link between punitive drug laws drawn up during the 80's war on crack cocaine and contemporary police violence that disproportionately affects black Americans. Listen to a preview on Audible and Soundcloud.
Director Marc Levin highlights the recent effects of hyper-gentrification in New York City’s West Chelsea, focusing on an intersection where an elite private school sits directly across the street from public housing projects. Read more on the HBO Website.
“Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty” will examine Lighty’s life in detail, starting with his early days in the South Bronx carrying crates for artists like DJ Red Alert, KRS-One and Scott La Rock.
Chris went on to help launch a number of artists careers through his Violator Management company, which handled 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Cee Lo Green, LL Cool J, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Missy Elliott and others. Host Combat Jack will offer up an intimate look at Lighty’s life through interviews and Q&A’s with a variety of artists who benefited from Lighty’s business expertise.
Russell Simmons, Fat Joe, Warren G, The Violator Crew, Noreaga, DJ Red Alert and others weigh in on the late executive’s career during the podcast. Read more on Vibe and Variety. For the entire series of this documentary, listen on Spotify.
The “I Am A Muslim Too” rally in New York’s Times Square was hosted by Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons. Linda Sarsour, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, and more spoke at the event, held in solidarity with those affected by the Trump Administration’s Muslim Ban. Simmons was joined by hosts Rabbi Marc Schneier (president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding), and Imam Shamsi Ali (of the Jamaica Muslim Center). Read more on Rolling Stone.