Russell Simmons attends HBO’s Post 2014 Golden Globe Awards Party held at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 12, 2014 in Los Angeles
*Russell Simmons and Jennifer Hudson have joined a group of celebrities and other activists lobbying for President Obama to refuse to sign an international trade agreement until Japan stops slaughtering dolphins in the fishing town of Taiji.
Also backing the effort are J-Hud’s fellow Oscar winners Sean Penn, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Charlize Theron as well as TV stars Ellen DeGeneres, William Shatner, and many others.
The Oscar-winning 2009 documentary “The Cove” chronicled the dolphin roundup in Taiji and helped spark protests over the annual hunt and ensuing slaughter. Japanese law allows a hunting season for dolphins, and fishermen defend it as a tradition.
The campaign is designed to increase the amount of good deeds done by ordinary people, and additionally, to give something back to those partaking humanitarian work. The campaign asked people to help others on Sunday by making sandwiches for the homeless or volunteering at a local charity.
“The World Humanitarian Day 2012 campaign has made social media history by sharing more than one billion messages of hope,” the UN said in a statement. “World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others.”
As previously reported, Beyonce performed her song “I Was Here,” from her latest album “4,” at the United Nations in New York last week to promote World Humanitarian Day. The performance was taped and the music video debuted Sunday. [Scroll down to watch.]
President Obama and First Lady Michele Obama joined celebs Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Shakira, Jay-Z, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin and others in participating.
“This is our time to leave our mark on the world and show that we were here and we care,” Beyonce said in a statement.
*When it comes to the N-word, rapper Nas is down for using it by any means necessary it seems.
So, it should come as no surprise he has he has no problem with actress Gwyneth Paltrow using it as she did in her world rocking tweet last week. He says she has free reign to use it because “she’s a real n***a.”
“I would slap the s*** out of somebody for Gwyneth Paltrow,” Nas told (Atlanta’s) CBS Local. “She’s the homie, she’s cool. Gwyneth gets a pass. Real people get a pass. We know what this s*** is. We don’t interrupt Italians when they say ‘Wop’ to each other. They gonna punch you in the mouth if you interrupt that. Don’t interrupt us. We pick and choose.
“Some might not feel the same way,” he said. “Some of us will get angrier about it than others; but some people get a pass. The people that I know who are cool and real n****s, Gwyneth Paltrow is a real n****, that’s my homie. That’s how I’m on it. Some people get a pass.”
Now everyone needs a list of guidelines that lays out what it means to be a “real n***a.”
Watch Nas comment on Gwen Paltrow’s use of the N-word:
Qwyneth Paltrow, husband Chris Martin, along with best friend Jay-Z in the Hamptons at supermodel Christy Turlingtons Beach Party.
*In the midst of Gwyneth Paltrow’s “n-word” twitter drama, there are new reports that she and her husband Chris Martin of Coldplay will join their close friends Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z for a caravan trip in Florida.
“The two couples are planning a trip around Florida. Both Chris and Jay have been on intense world tours so they really need a break,” Contact Music quoted a source as telling Britain’s Sun newspaper.
“Gwyneth and Beyonce think the jaunt, going back to nature on a high-end Winnebago, will be the ideal getaway. It will be low-key but it’s just what they need and they’ll get to spend quality time together,” the source added.
As previously reported, Paltrow was at the center of a racial firestorm after she tweeted “Ni**as in Paris for real” from Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Watch the Throne” concert in Paris.
While jamming, fellow concert-goer The Dream (producer Terius Nash) tweeted a photo of the “Avengers” star dancing onstage. She tweeted back, “Ni**as in paris for real.”
Her use of the N-word – even though “Ni**as in Paris” is the title of a Throne song and she used asterisks to replace th “gg” – caused an immediate backlash among her followers and reared the age-old debate among blacks over who is “allowed” to use the word, reports the LA Times.
Paltrow responded to backlash by tweeting, “Hold up. It’s the title of the song.”
Nash, who also got some heat for defending Paltrow, told his own followers that he was the one who typed Paltrow’s controversial reply into her phone.
“Fyi Sorry for the [confusion] I typed Ni**as in paris for real from Gwens Phone my bad…,” he wrote. ” … please excuse it! We were lit!”