Russell Simmons’ Accusers Call Out Jay-Z and Diddy for Hosting the Alleged Serial Rapist
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On Tuesday afternoon, TIDAL, Jay-Z's streaming service, which announced its arrival with one of the more embarrassing public ads recently, offered a multi-million dollar platform for a suspected serial rapist.
Since then, TIDAL has uploaded the latest episode of its podcast Drink Champs, which was deleted by rapper N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN. The topic of conversation was Black Lives Matter and the struggle for social justice. The guests included the rappers Talib Kweli, Mysonne and Bun B; academic Marc Lamont Hill; and Russell Simmons, the embarrassed co-founder of Def Jam Records, accused of sexually assaulting at least 13 women (and who has since fled to Bali).
TIDAL immediately came under fire on social media for moderating Simmons - one of his many victims, the activist and writer Sil Lai Abrams who led the charge - and eventually deleted his tweets promoting the show. It is particularly worrying how Simmons appeared on June 10 as a guest on the country's most popular hip-hop radio show, The Breakfast Club, where his weak defense against the many allegations of sexual assault against him remained largely uncontrolled (his co- Host, Charlamagne tha God, has his own problematic history with women.
Once again, Abrams launched a social media campaign against The Breakfast Club, which airs on Diddy's Revolt TV, and later appeared on the show to convey some of her thoughts to Simmons and his irresponsible hosts.
Sil Lai Abrams in the file
"This is the second time in so many weeks that Russell Simmons has been given the opportunity to talk about social justice issues on media platforms that are wholly or largely owned by black media moguls," Abrams told The Daily Beast. “Jay-Z, who is a staunch supporter of social justice, has allowed this. And this follows the catastrophic consequences of the interview with The Breakfast Club, in which Russell wandered for over an hour and was never fully questioned because of the allegations against him. "
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"This is a big part of the problem: the movement for the lives of blacks should really be interpreted as the movement for the lives of cisgender, heterosexual black men. What we see with these media moguls is a repetition of the oppression they call it black men know, but they do black women, using intimidation tactics by giving online robbery like Russell Simmons an online place to terrorize their survivors, "she continues." It also speaks to how interwoven everyone is Relationships within music - and in this case I'm talking specifically about hip-hop - really are because it can't be a coincidence that two of the industry's most famous moguls [Jay-Z and Diddy] quietly involve Russell in these discussions. ”
Abrams was one of the three central characters in On the Record, the HBO Max documentary that explored the deeply unsettling allegations against Simmons. She was included in the critically acclaimed film by Drew Dixon, a former Def Jam A&R manager, who claimed Simmons raped her in 1995 when he was under his employment.
Drew Dixon in the file
"It is as painful for me to see how Russell Simmons is pampered and supported on The Breakfast Club and TIDAL, as for me to see Confederate statues all over this country that canonize the men who raped and brutalized our ancestors "Dixon tells The Daily Tier. "Russell's appearances in these softball interviews with prominent black men send the message to me and all black survivors of violence in our own community that we don't matter."
Abrams, who also worked at Def Jam - and claims that she was raped by Simmons in his apartment in 1994 and even filed a police report immediately afterwards - believes that the media are involved in Simmon's reign of terror.
"The Black Community, especially the Black Press - smaller, celebrity-focused Black Press - has been silent about sharing [On the Record] on the radio," says Abrams. "Russell, who appears on these black platforms, speaks directly to the complicity of certain media, especially those with strong entertainment relationships and less journalistic integrity, to try to control the narrative around him."
And it is significant that Simmons has recently appeared on programs that are controlled by hip-hop Mughal colleagues Jay-Z and Diddy, two people who have openly and actively supported Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, and yet have allegations against them their industry colleagues are silent.
"When I see men actively protecting a Russell, I wonder what they have hidden in their past," says Abrams. "And what's particularly meaningful is the subtle way in which these men signal their support for Russell. They don't come right out and say we stand by him and didn't join 50 cents when he attacked the film. You use their extensive media business to end the discourse on the spread of sexual violence in the hip-hop community and to clearly signal black women that our lives and problems don't matter. "
She adds, "If you love black women, if you believe black women, don't give people like Russell a platform to talk about social justice."
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