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Russell Simmons
“Speaking Freely” Friday: Russell Simmons

Each week, we feature a video short from our “Speaking Freely” programs. Today, American businessman Russell Simmons, cofounder of the hip-hop music label Def Jam, discusses Run-D.M.C., honesty and integrity, and who rap music belongs to.
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Understanding what we need to see – and do not

The shooting of two television journalists. Viewable from two perspectives, including that of the gunman himself. We saw — or could see if we wished, and apparently millions of us did — the awfulness of it, immediately.
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John M. Seigenthaler
John M. Seigenthaler to Receive 2015 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in Media

The veteran broadcast journalist follows in the footsteps of his father, the late John Seigenthaler, a journalist and civil rights champion who won the award in 1999.
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