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Russell Simmons Will Now Explain OWS to Jay-Z

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14:  Russell Simmons attends a Screening Of "Virginia" hosted by The Cinema Society & Shiseido with Grey Goose at Crosby Street Hotel on May 14, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Among the non-fish-sandwich takeaways from Zadie Smith’s Jay-Z profile was the fact that Jay didn’t really understand Occupy Wall Street. (“I think all those things need to really declare themselves a bit more clearly,” he told Smith.) Well, vocal OWS supporter (and Kanye tour guide) Russell Simmons read that profile, and so he wrote an open letter explaining the movement to Jay. If you are also confused, or you just want to feel like Jay-Z for ten minutes, it’s here. OWS lives on (in civil exchanges between millionaires). 

Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images