From Black Voices — Just when you thought Russell Simmons had the last word stemming from his 2009 verbal attack towards Bill Cosby, think again.
The Def Jam Records cofounder leveraged his Global Grind platform to inform the masses of his most recent encounter with the renowned comedian, philanthropist and activist during last week’s Jackie Robinson Awards gala.
During the event, which honored hip-hop mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs with the Renaissance Man of the Decade award, Simmons attempted to make amends with the Emmy Award-winning comedy icon by apologizing for his criticism. His effort was met with a scathing response.
“I wanted to find him to apologize, to tell him I was sorry about my statements and to tell him that I loved him,” Simmons explained. “Suddenly, I turned and he was behind the curtain and I said, ‘I love you,’ and he responded on some real hip-hop, ‘Get the f*ck out my face!’ ”
The Philadelphia native has made it quite clear not to confuse him with Cliff Huxtable.
Prior to the two industry giants’ recent face-to-face meeting, Simmons wrote an open letter to Cosby in Nov. 2009 condemning and questioning his anti-hip hop campaign in addition to his generation’s propensity to correlate violence with today’s youth.