Russell Simmons Urges African-American Community to Vote

Says Republicans pose the greatest threat to our 14th Amendment gains than ever before.

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Russell Simmons wants you to vote.

Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jams Records and hip-hop's most visible ambassador and political activist, urged young people not to be "blindsided" by Republican machinations and to vote Democratic in the Nov. 2 midterm election. Simmons insisted that the Republican Party is a threat to our 14th Amendment rights. "We just need to vote. That's what I'm going to do; that's what we all need to do. Vote. Real talk." He also offered words about the public's misperceptions about President Obama. "While I can understand some of the frustrations of the progressive base who don't see their agenda reflected in the Obama administration, our president was never liberal; nor did he profess to be." Is Reverend Run in the house, because that comment deserves an "Amen."

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