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Simmons Don't Eat No Stinkin' Calamari!

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Russell Simmons has always been on Team Animal Rights and a mistake at a seafood restaurant confirms it!

The mogul graced the cover of Forbes and the magazine details a particular snafu when Simmons accidentally eats calamari.

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Russell Simmons Gives His Daughters A Strict Spending Limit

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Russell Simmons is putting his foot down!

The Def Jam Records co-founder and noted philanthropist was recently spotted taking his daughters Ming Lee and Aoki Lee to J.Crew for some back-to-school shopping.

Style is obviously important to the creator of Phat Farm, but there's a limit on what he's willing to spend on fall fashions for his girls.

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Russell Simmons Applauds Frank Ocean's Courage!

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Frank Ocean is getting lots of support from the hip-hop community after opening up about his sexuality on his website.

One of his biggest supporters, however, is Russell Simmons.

The Def Jam co-founder wrote a touching piece on the Global Grind to applaud Frank on his courageous decision.

Russell wrote:

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Taylor Lautner Did NOT Come Out In People Magazine!

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Uh-oh! The Twi-hards must be losing their minds over THIS!

You may be shocked to have seen this cover of People magazine, which features Taylor Lautner announcing that he's an "out" and "proud" gay man, but apparently, it's just one elaborate hoax, and the actor has made no such announcement!

Ch-ch-check it out (above)!

But if you were fooled, don't worry!

Apparently, Def Jam's Simmons thought it was legit, and even wrote via Twitter:

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Scientists Predicting What Songs Will Be Radio Hits Through Brain Responses!

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Knowledge is power…and potentially profitable!

Scientists at Emory University are doing studies on teens listening to new tunes, and they've discovered brain responses that could help predict the commercial success of songs.

According to the scientists, "at the level of cells and synapses, teen-age brains simply find some songs more rewarding to hear, even when the listeners say they don't like the tunes on questionnaires and surveys." Fascinating!

Here's what neuro-economist Gregory Berns had to say about the study:

"The punch line is that brain responses correlated with units sold."

And here's what Stanford University marketing professor Baba Shiv had to say about it:

"This research shows that the brain activation is able to predict what music is going to become popular two or three years from now. We have to wake up to the notion that these instinctual brain functions can have predictive value."

Very cool! This could open up lots of new jobs that never existed before! Def Jam with their own in-house scientists? It's the future! LOLz.

What do U think about this? Will scientists become increasingly involved in predicting radio hits?

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Russell Simmons Supports Marriage Equality!

Such a powerful message!

Check out Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons declaring his support for same-sex marriage, as part of the HRC's New Yorkers for Marriage Equality (above)!

Amazing! Thanks for speaking out and taking a stand!

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!

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Lies! Was RiRi's Outrage Over S&M Censorship A Publicity Stunt?!

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Uh-oh! Someone has been caught lie-telling!

Rihanna recently expressed her dismay via Twitter with BBC's Radio 1 for toning down the content in her new track, S&M, to the extent that even the title was changed to Come On!

However, according to the radio station, it was the singer's OWN TEAM and her label, Def Jam, that changed the lyrics and distributed the 'radio-friendly' version!

Is that so? Sounds like somebody wanted a publicity stunt!

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Radion 1 has revealed that the original version of the track WILL still be played, but only during later hours of the day!

They explain:

‘During daytime hours, as younger audiences are listening, we are playing the radio edit which is called Come On. However, we will continue to play the original track in specialist shows with an appropriate introduction. It is common practice to play radio edits of certain tracks in daytime.’

We STILL can't really understand what the big deal is with this song!

A lot WORSE has gotten airplay without being censored!

Ugh. Whatever!

Thoughts??

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