WRITTEN BY ALIYAH EDWARDS

Music and fashion entrepreneur Russell Simmons is scheduled to give a lecture at St Francis College on Monday, February 22 at 12:30pm. The event is part of the Thomas J. Volpe Series, which in the past, has attracted St Francis alumni as well as notable people in politics, business and culture.

Guest speakers including Glamour magazine columnist Mariane Pearl and novelist Salman Rushdie have visited the college and shared words of wisdom, success and bravery in the face of opposition.

Simmons is considered to be a perfect example of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

Born and raised in Queens, New York, Simmons briefly attended the City College of New York before withdrawing from school.

After his withdrawal, he started promoting his new music production label Def Jam Recordings.

Along with his business partner Kurtis Blow, the two have introduced America to popular artists such as Run-D.M.C., the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, and Public Enemy.

When Director of Media Relations, Richard Relkin, was asked why such a popular culture icon was coming to spend time with the students of St Francis, he replied: “We thought that Russell’s life represents what is possible through hard work and determination. He is a successful entrepreneur, a civil rights leader and has had a huge impact on music, fashion and our larger culture.

“At the same time he has always made sure to give back to the community. Russell is a real-life example of what we all try to instill in the students at St Francis.”

If you would like to attend this event and meet Simmons in person, you can register online at http://bit.ly/sfcrussell

Seats will fill up fast and it is on a “first come, first served” basis. The event is being held at Founders Hall and it will only be able to seat up to 300 attendees.

The first floor gym will hold extra space for those who wish to watch it on the huge projection screen live.

If you want to personally meet the man who changed music and pop culture, sign up as soon as possible, and get to Founders Hall early!

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