Vegan Celebrity Russell Simmons To Receive Environmental Media Award For Animal Activism

The awards aim to 'promote environmental progress and innovations through celebrity role modeling, campaign work, year-round programs and events'
Simmons is respected as a vegan advocate (Photo: Coco Curranski)

Vegan star and legendary music producer Russell Simmons will be honored for his animal activism at The Environmental Media Awards [EMA].

The event, which will be held on September 23 at the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport, will be hosted by vegan Jaden Smith - who won the Male EMA Futures Award in 2016.

Def Jam co-founder Simmons is an outspoken advocate for a vegan lifestyle, and has authored a book on the topic, The Happy Vegan: A Guide to Living a Long, Healthy, and Successful Life.


EMA president and CEO Debbie Levin said: "Russell exemplifies the spirit of our work at EMA, and we are honored to be celebrating him this year.

"Through his continuous engagement, Russell has promoted sustainable plant-based diets, generously donated to educational programs with climate-based campaigns and fought to abolish animal cruelty. 

"We couldn't be more proud to honor him with the 2017 EMA Missions in Music Award."

Role model

Levin went on to talk about host Jaden Smith, saying: "We can think of no better person to host the EMA Awards than our very own Jaden Smith.

"As a member of our Board of Directors, Jaden embodies the values, dedication and commitment it takes to make meaningful change. He's the role model for responsible and conscious sustainable actions for his generation. 

"In a year that feels like our progress on environmental issues are being threatened, we couldn't be more grateful to have Jaden bring his authentic passion to the EMA stage."


In more Russell Simmons news, the star recently tweeted that he wanted to bring back his popular Def Comedy Jam series.

He took to social media to say: "Super excited. Been in negotiation with @chancetherapper to host Def poetry jam for HBO. !!!! Would u guys like to see that #Emmys." [sic]


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