Big congratulations are due to Aoki Lee, who at just 16 years of age, was accepted to Harvard, completely on her own academic merit, despite being surrounded by fraudsters and alleged criminals. And to think, we might have forgotten that her stepfather Tim Leissner pleaded guilty to money laundering for his part in stealing $1 billion from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund while he was at Goldman Sachs, if her mom and dad, Kimora Lee Simmons and Russell Simmons, weren’t bragging up and down Instagram that their daughter got into Harvard without them having to pull any strings. Because I guess “we didn’t cheat!” is the new benchmark for pride in #thesetryingtimes.
You wouldn’t think Terry Crews would ever have to prove he’s the bigger man in any situation. I mean just look at the size of him! But he’s been doing it all the same, over and over again on Twitter by championing the cause of victims of sexual assault and tackling toxic masculinity head-on. I didn’t mean to make a sportsball reference, but since Terry used to play in the NFL, I’m going to let it stand. Ever since Terry filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against talent agent Adam Venit during the peak of the #metoo movement, some spectacularly ashy individuals have been coming at him from all directions, mocking him, and challenging his masculinity. And he’s fighting back.
Black women (nay, all of humanity) finally have the champion we need during #thesetryingtimes. Russell Simmons has just levitated down from a cloud in a seated lotus position and alighted upon his Instagram feed with words of wisdom and encouragement. Never has his voice been more welcomed, needed or essential to the #metoo movement. Out with the days of #notme, in with the days of #metoobutjustnotme
There’s an old Public Enemy song called Burn Hollywood Burn that comes to mind whenever I think about all of the sexual misconduct allegations taking place right now. Bill Cosby is currently on trial. Harvey Weinstein has a Soul Train line full of accusers ready to throw that ass in the clink. And Def Jam founder Russell Simmons has also been accused by quite a few women for the same crime. Now one of his accusers, filmmaker Jennifer Jarosik, has decided to drop her lawsuit against him.
The Ex-Countess and possible future ex-con Luann De Lesseps is spending whatever free time she has left giving interviews and relating tales from her super chic life. Here are two free pieces of advice I gleaned from Luann in a recent interview with The Daily Beast: Dusty pink jeans are perfect for spring and don’t get into an elevator with Russell Simmons.
According to TMZ, Russell Simmons’ latest in a growing line of accusers comes not only with an awful allegation against him, but with a $5 million lawsuit. A 37-year-old woman named Jennifer Jarosik claims she met 60-year-old Russell Simmons in 2006 and they bonded over meditation, yoga, and being vegan (he was still been married to Kimora Lee at that time). Jennifer was also working on a documentary at the time, which Russell allegedly offered to co-produce and finance. Ten years later, Russell allegedly invited Jennifer to his house. Once there, it became very clear Russell’s motives weren’t to compare mediation mantras or fry up some tempeh bacon.