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Three women told the New York Times that they were raped by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons in incidents dating back to 1988.

Tina Baker, a singer, alleged that Simmons raped her in the early 1990s, when he was her manager. Drew Dixon claimed that Simmons sexually harassed and then raped her when she was an employee of Def Jam Recordings in 1995. Toni Sallie, a music journalist, said that Simmons raped her in 1988.

Simmons denied the allegations in a statement provided to Variety.

“I vehemently deny all these allegations,” he said. “These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual.”

Simmons had already stepped down from his companies, including Rush Communications, following allegations from writer Jenny Lumet, who alleged that he sexually assaulted her in 1991. Variety had earlier reported that Simmons and Brett Ratner were both investigated by the Beverly Hills Police Department for an alleged sexual battery in 2001. The L.A. Times also reported allegations that Ratner and Simmons engaged in sexual misconduct in the early 1990s. Simmons has denied each allegation of non-consensual sex.

The latest allegations mostly date from Simmons’ early career as a powerful music producer in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Sallie said she met Simmons in 1987 and the two briefly dated. The following year, she said Simmons invited her to a party at his apartment. But when she got there, the place was empty. Simmons led her to the bedroom.

“He pushed me on the bed and jumped on top of me, and physically attacked me,” she told the Times. “We were fighting. I said no.”

She said he raped her. She also alleged that she met Simmons again about a year later at a hotel in Florida, and that he grabbed her hair and chased her into the bathroom. She told the Times she ultimately barricaded herself inside her hotel room.

Baker, the artist Tina B, had toured with Madonna and Bruce Springsteen as a backup singer in the 1980s. She, too, was invited to Simmons apartment in the early 1990s. “It all got really ugly, pretty fast,” Baker told the Times. She described being “pinned” to the bed. “I did nothing, I shut my eyes and waited for it to end.”

She also recounted an incident some time later when Simmons allegedly exposed his penis to her. Baker contends that her career was brought to an end in short order, and that her relationships with men suffered for years after the incident.

Dixon also described experiences in which Simmons exposed himself. Working as an associate at Def Jam, she recalled relentless sexual advances by Simmons. “Fending him off ‘was a full-time job,’” she told the paper. One night she also found herself at Simmons’ apartment and recalled “many ways to say no.” The alleged assault caused Dixon to “black out,” she said, and eventually disassociate from the experience as a mental defense.

All three women had friends, associated and therapists who could corroborate their accounts.

Read Simmons’ statement in its entirety below:

I vehemently deny all these allegations. These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual.

I am blessed to have shared extraordinary relationships, whether through work or love, with many great women; and I have enormous respect for the women’s movement worldwide and their struggle for respect, dignity, equality and power. I am devastated by any reason I may have given to anyone to say or think of me in the ways that are currently being described. In recent weeks, some former business, creative and romantic partners have aired grievances as claims I categorically reject. In some of these instances, financial motives and direct contradictory witness testimony has been supplied to the media, which has been completely left out of stories. In the last few days, one woman attempted to extort me for $500,000 only to recant her ridiculous claim. The current allegations sent to me by the New York Times range from the patently untrue to the frivolous and hurtful. The presumption of innocent until proven guilty must not be replaced by “Guilty by Accusation”

I have already apologized for the instances of thoughtlessness in my consensual relations. I have separated myself from my businesses and charities in order to not become a distraction. I have re-dedicated myself to spiritual learning, healing and working on behalf of the communities to which I have devoted my life. I have accepted that I can and should get dirt on my sleeves if it means witnessing the birth of a new consciousness about women. What I will not accept is responsibility for what I have not done. I have conducted my life with a message of peace and love. Although I have been candid about how I have lived in books and interviews detailing my flaws, I will relentlessly fight against any untruthful character assassination that paints me as a man of violence.

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rock & roll hall of fameBon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, and Nina Simone are the 2018 inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the organization announced Wednesday.

Gospel pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe was chosen to receive the Award for Early Influence.

For The Moody Blues, the honor comes after years of fans harping that the group deserved recognition. The band became eligible for the honor in 1989, and “in 2013, a Rolling Stone reader poll listed the Moody Blues as one of the top 10 bands that need to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” according to the organization.

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to its induction year. That means the 2018 nominees must have released their first official recording no later than 1992.

To choose the 2018 inductees, an international voting body of more than 900 artists, historians and members of the music industry received ballots, and the top five artists selected comprised a “fans’ ballot” that was tallied along with the other ballots.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Inductions ceremony will be held on April 14, in Cleveland.

SiriusXM will carry a radio broadcast of the ceremony, as well as special broadcasts throughout the year devoted to inductees past and present. HBO will broadcast the ceremony, with details to be announced later.

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It’s that time of year. Time for radio to show it’s cold heart hand out lumps of coal to seasoned pros— just in time for Christmas. Last week Cumulus Media released WNBM-New York MD Raphael George… then iHeartRadio Philly let Mina from the WUSL Power 99 morning show go and most recently… Radio One parted company with WRNB-Philly’s Lady B. Damn!

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rcainspiration_logoRCA Inspiration appoints entertainment marketing executive Damon Williams as their new Vice President of Marketing, where the industry veteran will join the Nashville-based label in spearheading marketing initiatives for their award-winning diverse roster – which includes hitmakers Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul), Travis Greene, Israel Houghton, Donald Lawrence, Le’Andria, Donnie McClurkin, Jason Nelson, Marvin Sapp, Tasha Page-Lockhart (Fo Yo Soul), The Walls Group (Fo Yo Soul), William Murphy, Deon Kipping, Koryn Hawthorne and more.  In a career spanning twenty years shaping the brands of top-notch artists and award-winning entertainment projects, Williams returns to the Sony Music fold in this new role with RCA Inspiration, where he will drive RCAI’s continued growth supporting ground-breaking talent and new releases slated for 2018.

Phil Thornton (RCA Inspiration, Senior Vice President and General Manager), says: “I am thrilled to welcome Damon Williams to our team here at RCA Inspiration in Nashville as the new VP of Marketing.  I have known Damon for many years, and in working together on numerous projects in the past I am looking forward to continued collaboration with Damon joining the rest of our team, bringing his wide-ranging experience and creative ideas to highlighting the incredible artists and new records we have coming out for 2018.” 

Helming projects that have taken him across the country, Damon Williams lands in Nashville following label stints with Entertainment One Music, Music World Entertainment, and Sony BMG, where his creative strategies and brand-building expertise have included multi-platform marketing campaigns, overseeing photo and video shoot projects, creative design, merchandise, special events and more, working with artists such as Shirley Caesar, Yolanda Adams, Ricky Dillard, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, John P. Kee, Vickie Winans, Trin-i-tee 5:7, among many others.  Beyond music, Williams has also taken his sought-after experience in marketing, branding, and creative conceptualization to promoting faith-based entertainment, corporate clientele and multi-cultural projects ranging across film, television, and literary properties.  His work in recent years marketing various network and film projects includes HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Oxygen’s “Preachers of LA,” “Preachers of Detroit,” and “Fix My Choir,” and the acclaimed films 12 Years A Slave and Black Nativityfor Fox Searchlight Pictures.  A native of New York, Damon Williams is a dual-degree graduate of Syracuse University and as a freelance writer, has also published articles in various Gospel and industry publications.

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We caught up with South Central L.A. based alternative hip hop artist Duckwrth at the final stop of the Come to My Party Tour. Before he killed the stage opening for Rich Chigga, he let us know how the 30 City tour was, growing up with classical influences from his mother, his evolving style, and his 2017 project an XTRA UUGLY MIXTAPE, and more.

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Reach_Media_LogoReach Media has locked in a multi-year agreement with Russ Parr to continue hosting The Russ Parr Morning Show, enjoyed weekdays in several markets such as Washington, DC, Atlanta, Cincinnati and Fayetteville, NC, to name a few. With longtime success in the Mainstream Urban format, Parr has expanded his show to Urban AC stations by providing his flexibility for stations to program music specific to their listening audience.
David Kantor, CEO of Radio One and Reach Media, added, “Reach Media is excited that Russ has extended his run as one of our premier syndicated talents and as a vital building block for our stations and Radio One’s position as the country’s Urban Radio Specialist.” Parr stated, “I’m really very excited about continuing to do what I love. I would do this job for free, but management insisted that they pay me, so I relented.”

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