Russell Simmons offers 'secrets' to happiness and success in new book called 'Do You!'
Introduced at this year's BookExpo America to an audience of American booksellers by Hollywood movie and TV star Alan Alda, hip-hop entrepreneur and community activist Russell Simmons disarmed nearly everyone in the audience by saying all 'secrets of success' were really no secret at all. As he writes in his new book, Do You!: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success the so-called secrets are merely 'obvious' laws of nature, which one only needs find the courage to live by to be happy and successful. Co-founder of the famous pioneering record label Def-Jam, which launched LL Cool J and Run-DMC, to name just two of many, Simmons gave an off-the-cuff rap on his sources of inspiration and the importance of protecting free speech, a subject near and dear to every bookseller. Wrapping up his presentation, Simmons took questions from the audience on finding the balance between artistic expression and media responsibility in rap music and pop culture; his search for inspiration in his practice of yoga; and his work on a wide range of issues affecting grass roots communities worldwide.
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