AOL Time Warner To Honor Russell Simmons

Fresh on the heels of snagging a Tony for his

award winning production, "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry," Russell

Simmons will be honored with the Time Warner Innovator Award.

Simmons is being honored by the conglomerate

for his various business dealings, as well as his charitable organizations,

mainly Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network.

The ceremony takes place June 22, the final evening

of the Film Life's 7th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF), which is

sponsored by AOL Time Warner.

The ABFF will take place June 18 to 22 in Miami's

South Beach, Florida. The annual film festival supports the cinematic works

of Black filmmakers and provides the independents with a forum to show their


On June 19, executives from AOL, Atlantic Records,

New Line Cinema, Time, Turner Broadcasting, HBO and Warner Bros. Pictures will

speak to festival participants about career development and how to submit the

ideas to AOL Time Warner for consideration for production.