Russell Simmons Talks ‘Atman’ Fragrance Charity Campaign, Voter Registration

Mogul Russell Simmons

recently announced the September launch of his new fragrance Atman.

The Def Jam Records

cofounder and estranged wife Kimora Lee Simmons will donate 100 percent of the

proceeds of the fragrance to charity.

According to Simmons,

singer Alicia Keys’ Keep A Child Alive program will be the first charity to

benefit from the sale of Atman.

"I never thought

about selling a fragrance," Simmons told AllHipHop.com. "I’m not that

type of dude, but when I started developing the scent two years ago, I enjoyed

the process."

"Atman,"

which is Sanskrit for higher self or god, is gaining a healthy buzz despite

critics who told Simmons how scents "described as spiritual don’t test

well" and that "anything about God was a failure."

"I was excited

that the lavender and sandalwood influences I chose tested through the roof.

They were shocked to know that the Atman spirit of man campaign was a hit wherever

[it was] tested," said Simmons, who revealed that $8 million is being spent

to promote his new scent.

"The fact

that it could generate millions to give is my greatest inspiration. Imagine

if I could have the success at retail of Kimora or even Puff. That would be

the blessing."

Atman is scheduled

to debut September 3 and will be sold at Macy’s and everywhere Phat Farm and

Baby Phat is sold.

In related news,

Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) is bringing back its voter registration

campaign this year with a return to Philadelphia.

Russell Simmons,

the organization’s cofounder and Dr. Benjamin Chavis, HSAN cofounder and president,

made the announcement today (June 21) as

Simmons set a goal to register 10,000 new voters.

The campaign will

officially kick off July 12 at the Hip-Hop Summit National Town Hall Meeting,

which takes place at 7 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania’s Irvine Auditorium,

with an after-party celebration following at the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank

Park.

"We are excited

about returning to the City of Brotherly Love, where we first linked registering

young voters to the power of hip-hop culture,"said Simmons, who feels the

Philadelphia program will yield tangible results for people across the country.

"In that tradition, we will have an important dialogue at the Hip-Hop Summit

National Town Hall Meeting on community empowerment across a wide range of issues

affecting the quality of young people’s lives throughout America."

Related Stories