"Why should you meditate? The answer is simple: to be happy. Which is the only reason you're here. That might sound like a very simple take on the meaning of life, but I believe it with every fiber in my body. Yes, I'm certain that if we strip away our egos, desires, fears, and insecurities, all that would be left is happiness...
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.