Russell Simmons Plans To Buy Television Network

The proven businessman seeks to extend his reach and build a network that promotes real diversity.

Russell Simmons divulged on Monday that he has plans of venturing into the television industry. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Hip Hop mogul is looking into buying a television network that focuses on diversity. During an interview at a charity event in Hong Kong, Simmons said he believes that when networks claim "diversity," what they really mean is "segregation" and an exclusive focus on black culture. "Instead, there's all these cultures that should be more integrated properly…Instead of giving Paris Hilton a show, for example, you could do one with Amber Rose. You'd be better off. One is hot, the other is not."

In an effort to bring a Hollywood feel to network TV, he is currently working with Brian Grazer, producer behind the films 8 Mile and American Gangster, and Ron Howard who worked with Grazer on films like A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13.

Although an official announcement has not yet been issued, Simmons emphasized that he would definitely follow through with the business plan. "Now you've heard about it," he said. "It's going to happen."

11 Comments

  • tah

    Can't hate on Russell, he is responsible for the hip hop explosion and not commercialim

  • 123kid

    props to Russell Simmons..We need to bring back a new era of not only Black sitcom shows but other races too or else Hollywood gonna's be picking and choosing between minorities

  • Anonymous

    this a joke. niggas just now realising that we need another black network? what the fuck niggas been thinking

  • lakey jones

    Russell Simmons is making Power Moves.we need more brothas like him in the game to make more black tv networks.i hope it's not another BET

  • ComeOnNow

    This dude is a sellout and has been for years. He has done everything from def comedy jam to promoting any and every negative aspect of Black culture. He cosigns everything and is not held accountable. I hope he fails. But to you average minded, throwing on a Yankee hat and saying I like Hip Hop is all you demand of these gatekeepers.

  • Manny Faces

    Judging by the clusterF that GlobalGrind has become, I'm not very hopeful.

  • Really?

    how y'all hatin' on Russell Simmons tho. Fuck outta here

    • zooman

      you get the fuck outta here, this nigga trying to emberass black culture more than BET fuck outta here with that amber rose bitch," She is best known for her high-profile relationships with rappers Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa." - her wikipedia page, fuck russel simmons

  • yeah

    an Amber Rose reality show would represent black culture real well

  • Sourheadband

    Listen Russell HBO did a show with stripper how like Amber Rose it was called G-string Divas. I say we do a hip hop version of the surreal life, all the washed up rappers live in a crib and keep it real.

  • zooman

    Amber Rose is the black Paris Hilton, this nigga is wacked outta of his mind.

Most Discussed News