Russell Simmons shared his thoughts on the lack of diversity in Hollywood, including the lack of black higher ups in the infrastructure of the industry, which the Def Jam co-founder told us was a problem. He also touched on the recent #OscarsSoWhite controversy that ignited over the lack of diversity at this year’s awards show, and Russell told us that he is more outraged by the overall segregation in the industry. Speaking more about the situation, Russell explained that in Hollywood, black comedians are lumped into specific nights of the week like “Chocolate Sunday” to do their routines instead of being integrated with all types of comedians.
Moving along, Russell spoke to VladTV about the importance of black entertainers making friends with white higher ups, whom he believes are the big decision makers in the industry. However, at the end of the video Simmons states that “integration ruined the black community,” which you can hear more about in the above clip.