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Def Jam Founder Russell Simmons Praises Frank Ocean



Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam records, wrote an open letter to Frank Ocean on the Global Grind praising the artist.

In the piece titled “The courage of Frank Ocean Just Changed The Game,” Simmons recalled Frank Ocean open letter he posted to his Tumblr as being a “big day for hip-hop.”

“It is a day that will define who we really are,” he said. “How compassionate will we be? How loving can we be? How inclusive are we?”

Simmons, who has been a long-time supporter of gay rights, said he was “profoundly moved by the courage and honesty of Frank Ocean.

“You decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear,” he said. “These types of secrets should not matter anymore, but we know they do, and because of that I decided to write this short statement of support for one of the greatest new artists we have.”

“His gifts are undeniable. His talents, enormous. His bravery, incredible. His actions this morning will uplift our consciousness and allow us to become better people. Every single one of us is born with peace and tranquility in our heart. Frank just found his,” he said.

Simmons added, “Frank, we thank you. We support you. We love you.”

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