RUSSELL SIMMONS: Black Women Educated Me
In a video interview with the BRKDWN channel, Russell Simmons says that response from black women helped him understand why it was wrong to post a sex tape parody about Harriet Tubman. He says, "This is about black women. They can push me around a little quicker than the rest of the entire world. They didn't push me around. They educated me on how hurtful it was, because I never considered rape. I just saw her seduce, take advantage of and turn the tables on the slave master. That's what I saw."
Simmons says he's met with descendants of the famed abolitionist -- a statue of whom stands in Harlem -- and plans to make a documentary about her.
MY 2 CENTS:
- Is it the duty of black women to educate black men on issues like this? Or should they already know better?
- Is there any way Russell is going to be able to win back the people he offended?
- Are people being too quick to forget all the good work that Russell's done over the years?
- Should we give Russell credit for admitting he was wrong?