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Hip-Hop Icon AND Animal Icon

Written by PETA | October 24, 2008
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Russell Simmons

You can imagine how delighted we were when Russell Simmons received the “I Am Hip Hop” Icon award on last night’s BET Hip-Hop Awards. The Icon award is presented to an individual who has made “notable contributions of outstanding significance to the hip-hop community,” according to CNN, and Russell definitely fits that description! He was specifically recognized as a “philanthropic inspiration to other artists.” Oh, yeah—we can testify to that!

Russell has lent his tremendous star power to many worthy PETA causes. He’s stood up for dogs and against dogfighting, he’s a vegetarian who wants to kick KFC’s bucket, and he spoke out against foie gras last year.

So, not only is Russell generous to the five charities he personally heads—that’s right, five—he’s always got time to help animals.

So congratulations, Russell! You are one icon well deserving of an award.

Written by Amanda Schinke

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  • Antigone1000 says:

    Maybe that’s what he and Kimora are not together anymore. I would certainly dump someone who insisted on wearing fur……

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  • Jackie says:

    Russell you are doing an amazing charity by helping donating time and money for animals in need! Thank you love ya

  • Shauna Saling says:

    YOU ROCK!!

  • Rachel says:

    I love Russell too but it really surprises me that he’s the only member of his family to my knowledge that cares about animals at all. Not just Kimora yeah I know they arent together anymore but I turned into an episode of Run’s House and it horrified me to see the entire family wearing furs.

  • Rainbow Warrior says:

    Russell Simmons and his beautiful wife Kimora Lee are among my favorite celebrities in this world! They are strong courageous icons of love and compassion! Thank you you are wonderful!!!!!!!

  • Sharon G says:

    I love Russell and I think he’s an amazing person. I wonder if Russell has vioced his opinions to his exwife Kamora Lee Simons about using any fur or leather in his brand Phat Farm since she has now taken over the name… Just a thought… I mean I know he doesn’t own the “name” anymore and saying anything to her about not using fur or leather would not be “fabulous” to her LOL Love you Russell but Kamora drives me nutty sometimes