Master entrepreneur and visionary Russell Simmons has influenced virtually all aspects of business and media: in music with the cofounding of the immensely successful Def Jam Recordings; in the fashion industry with the trailblazing Phat Pharm, Baby Phat, Run Athletics, and Def Jam University clothing lines; in television with HBO's Def Comedy Jam and Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry; on Broadway with the Tony Award-winning stage production Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam; in digital with All Def Digital, All Def Music, and Narrative; as well as numerous other ventures in the financial services industry, mobile communications, and philanthropy.
OK, before I start with my review of "Othello," let me offer a bit of perspective so everyone can understand my viewing lens.
I like to think I'm "cultured." I have varied tastes and an appreciation for multiple forms of art.
I'm also from "the hood." I grew up on the west side of St. Louis (Cabanne and Goodfellow to be exact). I preferred to speak "Ebonics" when I could get away with it, which was well out of earshot of my mother and grandmother. In Ebonics terms, they wasn't havin' it. And while I grew up in a very intellectual household, we did not speak Shakespearian vernacular.
Book review: "Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina"
"As the only African-American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has made history. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, anxious thirteen year-old to become a groundbreaking ballerina.
Metropolitan State University announces new art exhibit
Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery opens its next exhibit, Student Salon 2014, with a reception on Thursday, March 27, from 4:30 p.m. –7 p.m.
The Student Salon 2014 features multimedia works produced by Metropolitan State students enrolled in undergraduate programs. From apparel design to black and white photography, this exhibit surveys the diverse form and content explored in class and beyond. Visual artists include Michael Butz, Gloria Fritz, Samuel Forney, Andrea Paiz Leonardo, Kelsey Lindquist, Leah Peroni, Nicolas Rivers, Dionne Sims, Whittier Strong and Xia Yang. All the artists are located in the Twin Cities.
Black film: Cheryl Mousley, senior film curator, Walker Art Center. Dean Otto, film and video manager, Walker Art Center. Andrew Peterson, executive director, IFP Minnesota. Alaina Lewis, producer and filmmaker. Hassan Hassan, aspiring filmmaker.