Russell Simmons -- Oct. 16, 2005

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Ten years after the Million Man March, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons helped organize the sequel. The Millions More Movement filled the National Mall Saturday. The message: Change is coming.

Russell Simmons: America has to be equipped for the fact that it will one day be a minority country, very soon. It's moving toward where the people have to learn to love and appreciate each other. But the good news is that young people are not accepting their parents' ideas.

The Millions More Movement is going to be an amazing, amazing movement.

Certainly, I can say that that first Million Man March changed my life. We learned about how we can help others uplift those who are in struggle. And that brings you up, right?

To have people go back and join their church or synagogue or mosque and commit, you know, again -- or recommit to their purpose, which is moving toward God. These kinds of things [have] tremendous benefits.

We have to wage a real war on poverty and ignorance. When the people speak up, the politicians work for the people. And so I think the message is that poor people are coming together and that they may become a power that you have to deal with. They may vote in a bloc. They may recognize their similarity instead of, you know ... . Race used to be a way, a good way, to divide the poor or divide people.

If it's God's work and it's the right thing to do, and the number of people, if it's a couple hundred thousand or a million, it's still an inspiring day, it's still a call to action, it's still a success story -- at least in my eyes."


The Tonight Show with Jay Leno:

Leno: Former vice presidential candidate John Edwards has taken a job on Wall Street. He's with a prestigious, private investment firm on Wall Street. Remember him? John Edwards? He's the guy always talking about the two Americas. Well, I guess we know which America he picked.

The Late Show with David Letterman:

Letterman: I'm not saying I'm any better at carpentry than our president, but I want you to take a look. We have actual footage now. Now, take a look at our president driving a nail down there in Louisiana. I am not criticizing the effort. I'm just criticizing his ability as a carpenter. … He's got the hammer up there by the neck. … I don't want this to sound offensive, and I don't want a lot of e-mails, but he's hammering like a little girl.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno:

Leno: As you know, there is terrible flooding in New Hampshire. It's been declared a disaster area. To give you an idea of how white New Hampshire is, FEMA got there in a minute and a half.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno:

Leno: Over the weekend, a huge wildfire jumped across the border from Mexico to California. And here's the really strange part: Today, it got a job at Wal-Mart.

Real Time with Bill Maher:

Maher: As if they don't have enough troubles at the White House, they tried to have a live conversation with the troops yesterday. You saw this? Troops in Iraq on satellite. Bush here. It was supposed to look like an impromptu Q and A. Well, it turned out it was so scripted, the troops were rehearsed down to the way they would read their lines. Boy, that's the Bush military for you: No gays, but plenty of choreographers.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno:

Leno: As you know, President Bush is getting a lot of grief from conservative Republicans over Harriett Miers' lack of legal opinions, which is kind of surprising. A woman without any opinions -- that's a Republican's dream, isn't it?