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November 30th, 2012
11:02 AM ET

Russell and Danny Simmons: ‘Kids need to exercise their creative muscles’ through art

Twenty artists will gather in Miami next week to compete for the chance to showcase their art in New York. The contest is part of an initiative run by Danny and Russell Simmons, co-founders of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, an organization that serves over 700,000 urban youth through art. The Simmons brothers join “Starting Point” on Friday to discuss their upcoming competition and the need for art in urban communities.

“We saw that the schools weren't doing a good job,” Russell Simmons said on why he and his brothers started the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. “We think the imagination is everything. I mean, the numbers don't mean much if you don't have the creative way to put them to work. And so, kids need to exercise their creative muscles.”

Simmons, the author of “Super Rich” and publisher of “,” also explains that the foundation helps serve “under served communities” by giving creative artists an opportunity to showcase their work in New York. He adds that many of the artists mentor and teach fine arts, poetry, and other subjects to youth in their program.

Filed under: Arts • Giving back
May 1st, 2012
09:36 AM ET

Cal Ripken Jr. helps rebuild Joplin with Habitat for Humanity, answers whether he would return to baseball

He's been called baseball's Iron Man. For 16 seasons, he never missed a game.

Now Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is using that grit to give back. He just returned from Joplin, missouri – a town that was devastated by a tornado almost one year ago. He worked there with volunteers and Habitat for Humanity to rebuild destroyed houses.

Ripken tells Soledad on "Starting Point" this morning why working in Joplin is important to him, and addresses questions of whether he'd return to major league baseball.


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Baseball Hall of Fame's Cal Ripken Jr. on using his influence to help people in Joplin, MO and how others can help.

Filed under: Giving back • Joplin
April 19th, 2012
02:53 PM ET

A 'flashmob' for charity – founder on a new way to give back

Shaun King, founder and CEO of, on how his organization helps people donate directly to people in need.

Filed under: Giving back