Lu Parker and Architect of Change Russell Simmons on His New Wellness Studio

I created The PATH with Lu Parker as a way to share stories of how certain individuals are making big change in our communities and our world. Russell Simmons is one of those people.

I did not know much about Russell prior to him opening Tantris. The yoga center is in my neighborhood, so I had the unique experience of meeting him while out on a run with my dog. From the moment I met Russell, I felt his intensity for life, for people, and for his passions.  One of his many passions is the science of yoga and mediation. His hope is to spread it like wildfire. I trust he has the energy, insight and community support to make it happen, but in the end, the fact he is brave enough to even walk this path is a huge sign of hope for all of us. Watch my interview to learn about Russell, his practice and his new wellness center:

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Russell is also a devoted vegan. He advocates for the animal rights and encourages people to be smart about the dietary choices they make. We have this passion in common. Here’s what he told me about his understanding of that lifestyle:

Watch Maria’s Architects of Change conversation with Russell:

Learn more about Russell Simmons, Tantris and his dedication to wellness HERE.

About the Author

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As an Emmy and Genesis Award winning journalist, Lu has worked in the television news business as an anchor and reporter for more than two decades. She is also a former Miss USA, author and animal advocate.Lu has won four Emmys for her work in the television industry. She has also been honored with two Genesis Awards from the Humane Society United States for her outstanding reporting and creative portrayals of animal protection issues including investigations into Puppy Mills, Elephant Abuse, and Beagle Lab Testing.You can find her anchoring and reporting the news in Los Angeles, California on KTLA Channel 5. She currently anchors the 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. newscasts and reports on health and wellness. For more insight into health related issues and Lu’s opinion on living a more happy and successful life, be sure to check out her BLOG.During her career, Lu has interviewed hundreds of celebrities including Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Aretha Franklin, Matt Damon, Clint Eastwood, Robert Pattinson, Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Lawrence, & Kanye West. See her in action here.In 2016, she partnered with Maria Shriver and KTLA creating The Path with Lu Parker. The television segment showcases the paths of individuals who aspire to inspire as Lu interviews influential people and celebrities who are making real change in the world.In addition to her KTLA anchoring and reporting, Lu has appeared on television shows such as ABC’s Scandal, TNT’s Major Crimes, and NBC’s Days of our Lives.Prior to her career in broadcasting, Lu was a ninth-grade English Literature teacher. While teaching, in 1994, she captured both the Miss South Carolina USA, and Miss USA titles. In addition, as Miss USA, she placed 4th in the Miss Universe Pageant. After winning the Miss USA title, Lu moved to Los Angeles, California . For a year, she traveled the world making hundreds of appearances. You can read more about her pageant experiences and find valuable competition tips in her book titled “Catching the Crown” The Source for Pageant Competition which is available at is an avid traveler and has visited nearly 30 countries where she has had the opportunity to meet with dignitaries such Prince William and Kate Middleton The Duchess of Cambridge and Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. While on a trip to South Africa, Lu also had the opportunity to discuss human and animal rights during visits with Nelson Mandela and Animal Advocate Jane Goodall.Lu has an English degree from the College of Charleston where she was named Alumnus of the Year. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Education from The Citadel. Lu has been presented with the Palmetto Award, the highest civilian honor given in the state of South Carolina, and has been recognized in the South Carolina Congressional Record twice as an outstanding South Carolinian.In her free time, Lu is an advocate for homeless animals. In 2010, she created Lu Parker Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless animals and at-risk teenagers through community projects and education.She is an avid polo player, hiker, and writer. Lu has been a vegetarian for over 30 years and became vegan in 2014. She participates in dozens of charity events annually raising money for children, animals, and the needy. Lu lives in Los Angeles with her cat Boogie and dog Monkey. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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