The facilitator should begin this activity by sharing and discussing the following:
Recently, "USA Today" named Russell Simmons one of the "Top 25 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years," calling him a "Hip-Hop pioneer" for his groundbreaking vision that has influenced music, fashion, finance, television and film, as well as the face of modern philanthropy.
In addition to these accomplishments, Simmons helped create the "Hip-Hop Summit Action Network." Founded in 2001, the Network is dedicated to harnessing the cultural relevance of hip-hop music to serve as a catalyst for education advocacy and other societal concerns, such as civic engagement and financial literacy, fundamental to the well-being of at-risk youth throughout the United States.
The facilitator should then print out the directions below or place them on an overhead projector and review with the participants:
After you have viewed the segment from "Your Life, Your Money," on the Hip Hop Summit and the career of Russell Simons, read the documents included with this lesson and then use them to do the following:
Facilitator Tip: You may wish to use the questions above as discussion questions if time does not permit a lengthy writing assignment. Select those you feel are most relevant to your group.
The facilitator should conclude this activity with the following: Sharing the written work of the participants and using it for further discussion and analysis.
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