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NYC Celebrity Dentist Fundraises More Art

DrGauseCharitableDentistryAs Princess Gabbara reminds in a recent ebony.com item, the idea of Dr. Lee Gause selling curated art to underwrite dental care for the uninsured makes perfect sense:

Gause’s dental office was once an art gallery so it’s only natural, he says, that it’d be converted back to one from time to time, where works from the legendary Andy Warhol to local, up-and-coming street artists are displayed for sale. Ranging anywhere from $5,000 to $120,000 per piece, 100 percent of the art sales go toward treating people, who might not otherwise be able to afford the highest quality of dental care.

Gause labels these efforts the Smile Design Gallery. In addition to the in-office for-sale displays, he also stages monthly related art exhibits.

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Russell Simmons on Producing (and Starring in) Reality Television

Under his Simmons-Lathan Media Group, Russell Simmons has produced Def Comedy Jam, Def Poetry Jam, The Nutty Professor, and several hit reality shows starring his own family: brother Rev. Run (of Run-DMC) and his family on MTV’s Run’s House and Daddy’s Girls, and Russell himself on Oxygen’s Running Russell Simmons. Meanwhile, ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons and the couple’s two daughters have their own show on Style, Life in the Fab Lane.

With all of his TV projects, the author and philanthropist says he refuses to “play to cheap seats,” which meant not giving niece Angela the lavish sweet sixteen MTV typically features. And he believes that brand of inspiring reality has placed his own children “in a safer position today as television stars.”

“I tell them that their job as they become more famous is to use their celebrity to help others, use their good benefit if it’s money to benefit others. And that that’s gonna make them happy, and that any hoarding,  holding onto anything will result in sadness and they believe me, I think. So, that’s a constant discussion,” he explained in our @MediaBeat interview.

“But I think that Kimora is such a good mother and such a good disciplinarian –  I know;   I was disciplined for many years, kept in order. So, I know she’s good at that… I was under a good thumb and the kids are under the thumb now. So I know they ain’t doing nothing wrong, ’cause I could NEVER do nothing wrong.”

Part 1: Russell Simmons: Give Unconditionally to Become Super Rich

Part 2: Russell Simmons: ‘It’s Unbelievable That the News Gets Away with Sensationalizing’