INTERVIEW: Mary J Blige and Russell Simmons at the Bounty Make A Clean Difference” Program Kickoff

Bounty®, in conjunction with the HandsOn Network (, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (, and the help of 1,000 student volunteers from public schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, kicked off their “Make A Clean Difference” Program at P.S. 165 (Robert E. Simon) in Harlem on Tuesday. The program is in place to provide clean, creative learning environments for public school students in NYC and across the country. Two notable faces on site for the kick-off were Russell Simmons and Mary J. Blige. Having worked with the elementary school prior to the kick-off, Rush Philanthropic has a gallery on the fifth floor of the school showcasing a variety of installations, each one inspired by personal experiences and perspectives of the students.

I had the opportunity to speak with Russell Simmons and Mary J. Blige briefly about their involvement with the Bounty “Make A Difference” Program. Be sure to keep your eyes open for the continued initiatives that Rush Philanthropic will be launching over the coming months along with Mary J. Blige’s new eyewear and fragrance lines.