• When I started the diamond business, no black person, period, was in it to do what we're trying to do to change the industry. So I like to do things that I see clearly that are in my, you know, scope. And then, I had to figure how I get talented or smart business people around me to execute. That's what I have to do.

    "Does Russell Simmons Serve Hip-Hop?". "News & Notes" with Farai Chideya, June 4, 2007.