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Hollywood reeled today from the news that one of its own, Brad Grey, had died at 59. I was as shocked as anyone else. These days 59 is early middle age and Grey had seemed entirely vibrant and engaged in his work. (Plus his last boss, Sumner Redstone, is pushing 100.) I last saw Grey at his pre-Golden Globes party at the Chateau Marmont where he sat at his usual sofa in the middle of the courtyard, chatting with Jerry Bruckheimer and Russell Simmons as servers circulated with champagne. As always Grey was gracious and spent time asking about TheWrap, how »
- Sharon Waxman
Happy birthday, Jessica Alba!
The actress turned 36 on Friday, celebrating with her closest friends and family at The h.wood Group's Delilah and Peppermint Club in West Hollywood, California.
According to the pics and videos posted on Alba's Snapchat story, the theme of the night was Prince vs. Michael Jackson, and it appears almost all of her guests had fun dressing in their best '90s gear.
The birthday girl put her own sexy take on the theme, sporting a sheer jacket over a strapless, cleavage-baring jumpsuit, which she paired with fingerless lace gloves, statement jewelry and heavy purple eye makeup.
There were plenty of treats for the guests inside the party, including a colorful macaroon cake, which featured Alba's picture.
Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin documented the moment the massive cake was brought out to Alba, as the crowd sang "Happy Birthday," and shouted »
Debra Messing is being honored for her tremendous support of the Lgbtq community.
The Will & Grace star will receive the Excellence in Media Award at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City on May 6, the organization announced on Monday.
Watch: Troye Sivan on Touching GLAAD Awards Acceptance Speech: 'I'm Still Shaking'
The prestigious award is presented to individuals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of Lgbtq people. Previous recipients include Robert De Niro, Russell Simmons, Kelly Ripa, Patti Labelle, Tyra Banks, Julianne Moore, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters, Bob and Harvey Weinstein and Diane Sawyer.
"A steadfast supporter of the Lgbtq community on social media, Messing is a voice not only on Lgbtq issues, but against discrimination of any kind," GLAAD said of the 48-year-old actress in their press release for the awards show. "Messing has consistently shown commitment to Lgbtq youth, participating in Spirit »
It’s that time again!
Hollywood’s biggest stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry descended on the California desert this weekend to kick off the first weekend for Coachella. While the event is a multi-day music festival, it is also a huge draw for the many private parties and events and, of course, People was behind the scenes with the stars.
Read on for the best moments from the parties.
Thursday, April 13
Alessandra Ambrosio sure knows how to get the party started! The model kicked off Coachella weekend and #REVOLVEFestival with a poolside dinner in celebration of »
- Nicole Sands and Mariah Haas
Rising pop star Stanaj has arrived.
The up-and-comer has a new music video for his single “Romantic (Notd Remix),” and People has an exclusive first look at the stunning visual, off his new Ep, From a Distance.
“It’s going to get people pregnant,” the singer previously joked of the seductive track.
With just two EPs to his name, the 23-year-old New York native has already scored kudos from Russell Simmons, Kim Kardashian and more for his soulful vocals and R&B-influenced pop. And last fall, he made his late-night debut, performing on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, where »
- Jeff Nelson
According to TMZ, Charlie died in a New York City hospital. His manager reportedly said he had been battling leukemia and going through chemotherapy treatment.
After learning about his death, Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Ice Cube and many more took to social media to remember the late actor, who rose to fame as a recurring performer on Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show from 2003-4.
“We just lost »
- Natalie Stone
“Traffic Jams” is a new series from Spotify and Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital network, which is set to premiere tomorrow, April 4, airing every Tuesday after that for eight weeks. In the series, Spotify and All Def Digital take… Continue Reading → »
Spotify, as you may have heard, is eager to get into the original programming game with its own slate of exclusive shows. One of those shows is set to arrive, and it will offer a fresh spin on a format that has made huge gains on the Internet. It’s called Traffic Jams, it comes from Russell Simmons’ online network All Def Digital, and it asks producer-and-performer pairings to make music in the back of an SUV.
Each Traffic Jams episode will feature its own pair of guests, with famous artists like T-Pain, E-40, and Joey Bada$$ slated to participate. Comedian DoBoy, who starred in a popular Drake parody video on the All Def Digital YouTube channel, will serve as the host.
“Our audience loves hip hop and with Traffic Jams we want to give them a deeper understanding of the artists and the creative process behind the music,” said Tom Calderone, »
- Sam Gutelle
Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons has announced a new series of documentaries, presenting The Definitive History Of Hip-Hop. As reported by Pitchfork, it’s not clear if Simmons’ projects will air on TV, the internet, or in theaters, but they hope to track the rise of rap culture from its origins in ’70s Brooklyn into the worldwide, billion-dollar industry it’s become today. Utilizing archival footage and celebrity interviews, the project aims to shine a spotlight on “the OGs of this disruptive force in entertainment, the lesser known artists who’ve fallen out of history or favor, and the icons who are now household names.”
Simmons’ isn’t the first project in recent memory to cast a nostalgic eye backwards as hip-hop enters middle age. Straight Outta Compton and the upcoming Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me both made waves by dramatizing key moments in the artform’s evolution, while »
- William Hughes
The Definitive History Of Hip Hop begins in the early 1970s and chronicles the rise of the first DJs and emcees in New York City.
What began as a way for marginalised youth in New York City to deal with the stark realities of the inner city spread rapidly from the East Coast to the West Coast and evolved into a multi-billion dollar global industry and cultural force.
“Hip hop began in the Bronx and Queens, and was fuelled by pioneering new artists with an incredible hunger to express themselves in unimaginably bold new ways,” Simmons said.
”The Definitive History Of Hip Hop is the »
Robin Thicke made sure his 40th birthday was literally fun for the whole family -- adults and his 6-year-old son alike. Robin hosted a luau-themed bash at his Malibu pad Sunday, and Julian was in the thick of it with some cousins and friends there too. The adult guests included Adrien Brody, Angelica Bridges, Russell Simmons, Orlando Bloom and his son ... and, of course, Robin's gf April Love Geary. As for the party -- magic show, »
- TMZ Staff
Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital and Emmy award winning producers Stephen David Entertainment announced today a partnership with GroupM Entertainment, a global content investment and rights management company, to develop and produce “The Definitive History of Hip Hop,” described as… Continue Reading → »
Up jump the boogie. Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital and Stephen David Entertainment have partnered with GroupM Entertainment to develop and produce The Definitive History of Hip Hop, a documentary series that tells the story of a distinctly American art form from its underground roots to its iconic global artists. The project is in development and slated to begin production this year. "With the breakout success of entertainment properties like Straight Outta Compton and M… »
The Oscars may have come and gone—some even slipping right out of a recipient’s grasp—but that doesn’t mean awards season is over. We mean, it mostly is, but there are certainly other accolades to be distributed, other cinematic achievements to be lauded. Take the All Def Movie Awards, a Russell Simmons creation, which were held on February 22. That ceremony also handed out many prestigious prizes, including Most Out of Place White Person, which was awarded to all of the nominees, astoundingly enough. Tiffany Haddish picked up only the second ever Bad Ass Boss Chick award for her role in Keanu, while her costar Luis Guzman won for Best Latino Not in a Service Industry Role.
- Danette Chavez
The All Def Movie Awards returned to Los Angeles on Wednesday night to honor films and actors, with the goal of recognizing entertainers who are often overlooked by other award shows. The production, hosted by the digital programming platform All Def Digital and television network Fusion, kicked off at the Belasco Theatre in downtown L.A., just days before the Oscars.
“It’s just about celebrating diversity in general,” mused All Def Digital founder Russell Simmons. “It’s a funny take on an issue that we are all working on, which is to be inclusive and to see each other as the same.”
And a funny take it was. The ceremony, which launched last year following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, was definitely not your typical production. From Snoop Dogg smoking inches away from the main stage to host Mike Epps discussing being arrested four days prior to the show’s taping, »
- Chelsea Battle
Blac Chyna wasn’t shy about documenting her weight gain while pregnant with daughter Dream Kardashian, and now she’s equally meticulous about chronicling her journey back to her pre-baby body.
After revealing that she’s dropped 40 lbs. in four months, the 28-year-old reality star stepped out at the All Def Music Awards on Wednesday night — but not before showing off her curves in a skintight bodysuit.
Chyna accessorized the red and black snakeskin outfit with a black corset highlighting her tiny waist and matching booties.
“About to head out!” she captioned the Instagram photo.
The newly single mother of two, »
- Stephanie Petit
Many Americans are marking this President’s Day not by celebrating presidents past — but by protesting the current one.
Tens of thousands of people were expected to participate in planned “Not My President’s Day” marches against President Donald Trump on Monday. The official Not My President’s Day protests took place in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago but other rallies of the same name were also reportedly held in Washington D.C., Missouri and Denver.
Organizers told am New York on Monday that some 13,000 people gathered outside Trump International Hotel at Manhattan’s Columbus Circle to protest the president. »
- Tierney McAfee
Among the protesters filling Time Square in New York City for the “Today, I Am a Muslim Too” event on Sunday was a first-time protester: Chelsea Clinton’s 2-year-old daughter, Charlotte.
The former First Daughter and only child of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton took to Twitter to post a photo of the scene and share that Charlotte was also participating in the rally held in response to the executive order President Donald Trump signed that put a temporary ban on travelers from seven countries with predominantly Muslim populations and refugees from all nations.
“Thank you to all who organized »
- Stephanie Petit
After performing with Metallica at the awards show, Gaga was ready to let loose and hit the dance floor with the Saturday Night Fever star himself! Donning a little leather getup, the 30-year-old singer busted a few moves with Travolta at Interscope's Grammy after party, held at h.wood Group's Peppermint Club in Los Angeles, California.
But they weren't the only stars out and about in Hollywood on music's biggest night. Et has your inside look into the hottest GRAMMYs after parties:
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Sony Music Entertainment 2017 Post-Grammy Reception
After her big, emotional win at the GRAMMYs, Adele changed into yet another show-stopping ensemble and hung »
Changing the way Americans consume coffee wasn’t how Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz made it out of the Brooklyn projects, but it was the way he achieved the American Dream.
In CNNMoney‘s new documentary series The American Dream: New York, Schultz, who grew up in the Bayview Houses, describes his road to success, specifically how he found opportunities for career advancement through hard work, determination, and initiative.
“There was no way out. My father was uneducated, my mother wasn’t working. It was just a tough time. As I got older, I just felt really bad for them, »
- Karen Mizoguchi
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