Russell Simmons with Hana Nitsche and Aoki Lee with her cousin

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The Hamptons were the place to be this weekend as hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons hosted his 14th Annual Art for Life Benefit. The summer’s swankiest party was held at The Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton, which offered guests breathtaking views of the Atlantic and made it the perfect backdrop for fundraising.

Each year Art For Life  raises capital in hopes of providing inner city youth across New York City with exposure to the arts and exhibition opportunities to emerging artist. This year’s theme, “Field of Dreams” was hosted by Soledad O’Brian and honored five arts and culture advocates including Anne Pasternak, Walter Mosley, Sam Englebardt, William D. Johnson and Tyler Perry.

A number of A-list stars were on hand to celebrate including Star Jones, Rev. Al Sharpton, Tichina Arnold, Anthony Anderson, Kevin Liles, Michael Strahan, Nicole Murphy and Melanie Fiona. The crowd was also treated to performances from Estelle, Rick Ross and Maxwell.

Check out the photos below:

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 Tichina Arnold with Melanie Fiona/media mogul Star Jones

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Estelle and Maxwell perform

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry was among this year’s five honorees

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Rick Ross performing/comedic actor Anthony Anderson

Source & Photo Credit: Global Grind