(l to r) MC Lyte, Anita, Soledad O’Brien and Rocsi Diaz

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons hosted his annual ‘Art for Life’ Charity event at his East Hampton, NY home this past weekend.

A number of celebrities including Tyler Perry, Star Jones, Tika Sumpter, MC Lyte, and Rocsi Diaz were there to help raise $2 Million for Simmon’s Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. The funds raised will be used to serve underprivileged youth and provide better access to arts programs.

This year’s honorees included Mariah Carey and Nick CannonTamia and Grant Hill and was hosted by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien.

Musical entertainment was provided by Anita Baker, Salt-N-Pepa, Melanie Fiona and Diggy Simmons.

Check out these amazing photos:

Mariah Carey and Russell Simmons


Diggy Simmons

Anita Baker and Melanie Fiona

Tamia and Grant Hill