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JAY-Z , RUSSELL SIMMONS TIDBITS

 

Jay-Z knows plenty about the power of words, and now he's rewarded six student writers from a field of 700 essay entries with $5,000 each to help their schools. Jay, who had his New Jersey Nets-investor cap on for this venture, launched the contest as part of a rivalry with Charlotte Bobcats owner Robert Johnson. On December 14, the NBA teams raced to the 80-point mark and the owner of the team that hit it last (that'd be Jay's Nets) agreed to donate the $30,000. "It was great to see the students' school spirit in their essays," Jay-Z said. "They showed they want a well-rounded education in a comfortable environment. I hope that these donations help them to achieve their goals." Three schools in New York and three in New Jersey received donations.

 

According to the Associated Press (AP), Usher is the latest celebrity to lend New Orleans a hand. The singer showed up at the International School of Louisiana on Tuesday (June 13), hooking up with volunteers to help clear vines and brush at the charter school, which has been closed since August 29. Usher visited neighborhoods in New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish on Monday. "I'm here to physically do something and hopefully motivate other people to do the same," he told AP.

 

Russell Simmons celebrated the fifth anniversary of his Hip-Hop Summit Action Network Wednesday morning (June 14) by ringing the opening bell of the NASDAQ Stock Exchange. He was accompanied by Diplomats member Jim Jones, Damon Dash, HSAN President/ CEO Dr. Benjamin Chavis and Warner Music Group Executive Vice President/ HSAN board member Kevin Liles, among others. Simmons is also promoting HSAN's financial-literacy program, called Get Your Money Right.



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