Art for Life: Black celebrities join forces for Russell Simmons' 13th annual charity benefit for the arts

Over the weekend, Russell Simmons, along with his bother, Danny Simmons, hosted the 13th Annual ART FOR LIFE East Hampton Benefit.

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From EURWebOver the weekend, Russell Simmons, along with his bother, Danny Simmons, hosted the 13th Annual ART FOR LIFE East Hampton Benefit [the proceeds of which go to the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation].

This year’s event honored recording artists Mariah Carey and Nick CannonBetsy Z. Cohen (Bancorp Inc.), Tamia and Grant Hill (The Grant Hill Foundation), and Marc J. Leder (Sun Capital Partners Inc.).

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien hosted the evening, while Star Jones was on the mic MC’ing the Rush Kids Auction. Musical performances included Anita BakerSalt-N-Pepa, Melanie Fiona and Diggy Simmons.

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