Art 4 Life Gala 2013 Red Carpet: Russell Simmons, Rick Ross & More

Nicole Murphy and Michael Strahan

Danny and Russell Simmons held their 14th annual Art 4 Life Gala this past weekend in Bridgehampton, New York, raising over $1.5 million for arts education specifically for inner city youth.

“When you were young, were you encouraged to be creative?” was the question posed to celebrities on the red carpet, which included event host Soledad O’Brien, Rick Ross, Michael Strahan and Nicole Murphy, Skylar Diggins, Anthony Anderson, Maxwell and more.

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Packed in like sardines, myself and other media types (I use that term loosely nowadays) worked theBET Hip Hop Awards 2012 red carpet this past weekend.

While my peers literally scrambled to get soundbites from every artist in attendance, I chilled for the most part (after covering red carpets for years, the excitement definitely wears off). I only really pepped up when I saw some of my favorites, like Wiz Khalifa and Machine Gun Kelly. The theme of my questioning was fashion (repping for DrJays.com, of course) with today’s rappers reminiscing on their most exciting style moments of the past.

The BET Hip Hop Awards air on Tuesday, October 9 8/7c.