While talks between NBA players and owners have been productive recently, the gap between the two sides is narrowing very slowly. And with time running out for the start of the regular season to be saved, the two camps are in danger of moving in opposite directions by week's end.
The message of music mogul Russell Simmons' latest book, "Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All" (Gotham), may seem contradictory: A person can become "super rich" by reaching the state of needing nothing.
The conventional wisdom in the wake of the emotional and impressive memorial service for those killed in Tucson at the hands of a deranged gunman is that despite pleas for civility, we will return to the pre-shooting days of yelling, screaming and highly-charged partisanship.
A recipe that includes a nondescript New York University dorm room, a heavyset Jewish kid from Long Island and a street-wise black guy from Queens seems like an unlikely one to cook up musical history.
The power of music and the power of politics met Tuesday, with a hip-hop mogul and one of the most prominent leaders in Congress joining their considerable forces to spotlight issues facing youth in America.
It was the music of rebellion and youth. Artists traded witty improvisations onstage chronicling the pain and the promise of being black in America, inspiring inner-city and rural Southern audiences alike in nightclubs and on street corners.
The stars came out on Valentine's night to spread the love – and the cash – for Bono's (RED) charity, and raised more than $42 million in an art auction to benefit the Global Fund of the United Nations Foundation, which works to fight AIDS in Africa.
Russell Simmons didn't have to look back. He fought his way out of inner-city Queens to become the "godfather" of the hip-hop movement, creator of Def Jam Records, Def Comedy Jam, and the Phat Farm clothing line -- a showbiz star by any measure.