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Tidal, Revolt TV pull podcast episode featuring Russell Simmons after backlash

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FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2015, file photo, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons presents the Vanguard Award on stage at the 46th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

WASHINGTON (SBG) – REVOLT TV and TIDAL are under fire from fans after the companies included Russell Simmons in a new episode of the N.O.R.E hosted "Drink Champs" podcast, where they discussed the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Both streaming platforms have removed the episode from their podcasts sections as well as all promotional material regarding the episode after facing backlash from fans.

Writer and activist Sil Lai Abrams -- who has accused Simmons of rape -- took to Twitter to publicly call out Tidal, owned by Jay-Z, and Revolt TV, founded by Puffy, over the episode.

What in the entire hell are Jay Z and TIDAL doing by giving Russell Simmons a platform to discuss #BlackLivesMatter? Why do people continue to give him a pass?

Abrams also called out Diddy for giving a voice to the disgraced Def Jam Records co-founder as Simmons recently appeared on The Breakfast Club, which aires on the Revolt TV network.

"The Breakfast Club airs on Puffy’s Revolt network. Tidal is owned by Jay Z," she tweeted. "Both platforms have had Russell Simmons on talking about social justice issues despite the allegations of sexual violence and harassment he has engaged in for decades. All three men are Black music moguls."

Marc Lamont Hill, who was also in attendance for the discussion on Drink Champs, also took to Twitter to talk about Simmons' appearance on the panel in a series of tweets.


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