Release: Russell Simmons Tapped to Edit Hip-Hop Huffington Post

simmons12809 Release: Russell Simmons Tapped to Edit Hip Hop Huffington PostA week after he toasted the inauguration of President Barack Obama at the Heineken- and Hennessey-sponsored Hip Hop Inaugural Ball (see Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Green Carpet in this week’s New Yorker), hip-hop oligarch Russell Simmons has a new gig: Editor-in-chief of Global Grind, a Web site that touts itself as presenting, "The World According to Hip-Hop."

According to press release sent out by the site’s PR people, Global Grind will feature blogs written by a veritable who’s who of rap including Akon, Bow Wow, Jim Jones, LL Cool J, Nas, T-Pain, and others. To hear them tell it, the site’s like The Huffington Post of hip-hop.

The release includes the following bit of information:

The celebrity Global Coverage pages include icons and opinion leaders ranging from President Obama to Jay-Z, Paris Hilton, Steve Harvey, Kim Kardashian, Michael Moore and many others.

Mr. Simmons is quoted as saying, "Whether you’re a celebrity, a politician, an artist, a politician, a comedian or an emerging blogger, Global Grind gives the community a powerful platform to speak to each other, the media and the world." (What a relief for Ms. Hilton and Ms. Kardashian.)

In 2000, an earlier Web venture from Mr. Simmons called 360HipHop.com was sold to BET according to The Washington Post.

Article continues below
More from Culture
Visitors at Art Basel Miami Beach.
You Missed Charliewood, A Dollywood-Inspired Performance Piece, With Butt Plugs