Over the weekend as I was scrolling through Twitter and Facebook and I kept seeing the name “Russell” everywhere. “The Russell guy isn’t racist, I know him”, “What they on with my n*gga Russel?”
I know a few people named “Russell” so when I noticed the hype was over racist remarks I paid no attention to the articles, statuses, and tweets being made. Websites such as, BET.com, wrote articles painting this young man as a racist because of his usage of the “N” word. I’ve never known a racist Russell. I do know a quite reputable guy named Russell though. He’s been a business associate that has always been professional, positive, and genuine. I instantly observed Russell’s admiration of Black culture and black people. Let’s find out a little more about Schiller.
20 Years old.
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
3.14 Cumulative GPA.
Majors in Advertising with a minor in Business.
Attends Howard University.
I got a chance to catch up with Russell and here are the answers that stuck with us the most.
I understand that your social media attention first originated from something positive. You began receiving some feedback on your hashtag, #BlackWomenAreGorgeous. Why was it created?
Yes, the hashtag #BlackWomenAreGorgeous was something that I had been thinking of since my freshman year. I was continuously doing work for other people and portraying other’s visions. This can become tiring when working on a craft or art form. I was looking to start a project that would better portray my artistic eye and aesthetic passions. I just felt with an ever growing admiration for black woman since a young age that i could finally show my appreciation through my art.
Can you explain the intentions behind your usage of the “N” word?
Despite rumors and allegations, what’s one thing you want strangers to know about you?
The only thing I would want people to honestly know or at least understand is that I’ve never been a racist. Looking beyond these tweets and diving into my life I’ve never done anything to portray myself as a racist towards any racial community.
Shoots By Russ
A message from Russell
Ultimately I wanted to show people how media can slander and create rumors about someone based on small truths and stories. I’ve worked with Russell and known him for a while now and I’ve never gotten a racist vibe. I do not agree with his usage of the “N” word but I believe we have bigger fish to fry currently than to worry about this. Russell is doing great things on campus. He’s leading and living. For inquiries contact him below.