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Russell Simmons Says He’s Developing Harriet Tubman's Story + A Frederick Douglass Series

Shadow and Act By Sergio | Shadow and Act August 20, 2013 at 9:24AM

They have not only accepted my apology but we agree that we should begin immediately to develop the story of Harriet Tubman.
Russell Simmons

Now wait, before you start rolling your eyes and laughing your head off, just read the rest of it. And then you’ll probably still be rolling your eyes and laughing your head off anyway.

It’s no secret that hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons is still trying to climb out of that hole he dug himself into, after that Harriet Tubman sex tape spoof on his newly established comedy channel All Def Digital.

He’s apologized and even recorded a video apology (HERE) in which he revealed that he still didn’t quite get the outrage.

So now he’s reached out to the actual living descendants of Harriet Tubman to make amends. It wasn’t unexpected.

Rita Daniels, who is the great great grand niece of Tubman, publicly called out Simmons for his "crude" and “insensitive portrayal” of her great great aunt Tubman.

She further said in an interview with The Grio that: “When I looked at (the video) tears streamed down my eyes. This is a woman who helped people. She was not about this."

She went on to say that the video was “awful” and a “nasty portrayal” of Tubman as a “whoremonger,” that has “tainted her reputation.” And it was an  “abomination to my great-great-aunt Harriet’s legacy and does not depict her accurately.”

She added that the video couldn’t have come at a worse time considering that, this year, 2013, marks the 100th anniversary of Tubman’s death.

Well, Simmons, taking the hint, did reach out to Daniels, and now he claims that they have a deal to develop a film project on Tubman.

Russell tweeted on Saturday: “They (Rita and Geraldine Daniels) have not only accepted my apology but we agree that we should begin immediately to develop the story of Harriet Tubman... God works in mysterious ways. Thank you Rita and Geraldine Daniels. You and your great great grandmother are amazing inspirations.”

I know what you’re thinking - Yeah right.

Rita Daniels, in response to her meeting with Simmons and his announcement of the film project, tweeted herself that: “We thank you for accepting responsibility for the video...... We're moving towards the right direction #newfriend.”

Assuming it's really her. Look at it this way, if someone made an offensive video about a relative of yours, who was a living monument and a genuine hero, would you give in so quickly?

Do you believe that this is all just a scam from Simmons to get the heat off him, and that he has no intentions of ever making a film about Tubman; or do you think he’s seen the light and is genuinely sincere?

By the way, he also added that he was developing a Frederick Douglass miniseries. 

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