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    I am an addict when it comes to media consumption. I read a wide range of everything and the Internet has only further enabled my addiction. But, I’m also fascinated by how marketers use media as the messenger or environment for their messages and how they evaluate media.

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    I am an addict when it comes to media consumption. I read a wide range of everything and the Internet has only further enabled my addiction. But, I’m also fascinated by how marketers use media as the messenger or environment for their messages and how they evaluate media.

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    Russell Simmons may have drawn the blueprint for defining urban entertainment through music, film, fashion, TV, magazines, Internet, and mobile, with his Def Jam brand. But today, Quincy "QD3" Jones, III and Paul A. Campbell, the chairman and president of QD3 Entertainment, are taking the urban entertainment category one step further—onto the digital platform—and if they have their druthers the brand will become ubiquitous.

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  • A couple of weeks ago I attended Advertising Age's The Idea Conference, the ad trade's respectable attempt to bring together a mash-up of interesting thinkers. The one day brain dump began with an exceptionally freestyle monologue by hip hop mogul Russell Simmons, the urban analogue to Richard Branson. Amid his ramblings on meditation, creativity, and name dropping some half dozen of his percolating new businesses (intriguing ones at that: i.e.

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  • Urban culture is a something we've all heard about for a long time. But who created it? And what is it?

    Largely "urban" means African American. But it us used to refer to some cultural trend (music, fashion, political, etc) that originates within African American culture but has moved to a broader audience and more racially inclusive audience: an urban audience.

    These are the five most influential people and platforms without which there would be no urban (in order of impact):

    1. Russell Simmons

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  • According to the New York Daily News, Def Jam founder Russell Simmons has come under fire for crossing the line from political activist — to lobbyist. In Jennifer Reingold's November profile of the hip-hop entrepreneur, she comments on Simmons' move into politics with his Hip Hop Action Network Coalition.

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