A Message to Young Men of Color in South L.A.

 From Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons

You have to start before you can succeed at anything. That is where I begin everyday. I just start. Whatever obstacles appear in my path, I put my head down and get past them.

I know that some of you might say, “That is easy for you to say.” But I grew up in Hollis, Queens in New York, and most of my friends are dead or in jail. Actually, most of them are dead.

I was recently looking at a picture of my second grade basketball team and there was only one other person in the photo I knew was still alive. So there was no free ride on the train for me either, or on the bus if you’re riding in Los Angeles.

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