[video] Russell Simmons on Awards: White S**t Doesn’t Give You a Fair Black Chance

While many people were upset with the lack of diversity at this year’s Oscars, Russell Simmons is looking at the bigger picture and he told VladTV that there needs to be more diversity in all of Hollywood. The famed business magnate explained that there are no Black people running companies, which he believes is a big problem.

During the conversation the Def Jam co-founder spoke about the lack of Black comedians since Def Comedy Jam left HBO. He explained that the show gave a lot of Black comedians an opportunity that wasn’t there before, and Russell added that while Kevin Hart is a huge name today, he says that Hollywood wanted nothing to do with him at first.

Check out more topics that we covered with Russell in the above clip, including his thoughts on Stacey Dash, and much more.

[video] David Banner to Movie Directors: I Don’t Want to Be Your N*gger

Real words from Banner.

During a hiatus from the rap game, entertainer David Banner pursued an acting career and appeared in several films before realizing the unsettling reality of it all. “Why [do] I always gotta drive a Black Escalade and just get out of jail?,” he asks of the “thug roles” he was given time and time again. “Is that all Black people are good for?”

LeBron James Reveals Ambitious Plan to Build Hollywood Empire: “Winning Is the First Thing That Matters”

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Basketball God Lebron “King’ James discusses his plans for Hollywood domination off the court and whether or not he has the golden touch when it comes to pushing his brand to new heights once his playing career is over.

This story first appeared in the Feb. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

  • With $42 million a year in endorsements alone and 18.7 million Twitter followers, the NBA star — and most powerful brand in sports — opens up for the first time about his plan to convert his heat into a Hollywood empire: “I’m going to take full advantage of it while I can.”

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