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I saw Tilda Swinton give a talk about her upcoming movie Julia at the Apple Store in SoHo last night. I happened to be in there after getting my hair cut and saw that she was going to be giving a talk, so I stayed to listen.

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Then I had an impromptu dinner at Kelly & Ping. The Lemongrass Chicken was really good, but on a whim I decided to order a Cucumber sake (酒) because I LOVE cucumber for some reason… It was super tasty and light. I liked it so much I had to take a (bad) photo of it. Cucumber sake, who knew?

headshotRussell Simmons
Editor-in-Chief of Global Grind, Huffington Post
Posted April 17, 2009 | 02:34 PM (EST)

Dear Governor Paterson,

I write this letter to you, my friend, to publicly announce my gratitude for your courage and leadership on issues that will ultimately make this state, nation and the world a better place. I have known you for a very long time and have always admired your passion for doing what is right, which is often times not the most popular. This is what makes you a great leader, especially for our under-served communities that you have advocated on behalf of for decades. We were all inspired by your dedication to reforming the drug laws of our state and recognize the accomplishment your administration achieved by ending the Rockefeller Drug Laws after 36 years. So, we know when you believe in something, what you can do.

However, as your friend and supporter, we know you can do much more, if you forget about what the poll numbers say and let your heart lead. You have recently done this in showing support for the legalization of gay marriage. History will show you are right and will we support you on this issue. Mr. Governor, we want to go to work for you and we will, but we will not be easy on you, because we know your potential. When you were unexpectedly put into the role of Chief Executive of New York State, you were handed a plate full of problems. Although your first year was a bumpy ride, we are beginning to see your great leadership and vision shine through and take over. I encourage you to keep leading with your heart, and address issues like the promotion of good diet, well-being and education for youth, as well creating new jobs (hopefully green jobs) for our workers and making sure that every person in our state can afford health care. As the first African-American Governor of New York, you have already made history. We now want to help you create a legacy.

Respectfully,
Russell Simmons