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What inspires you? Tell Us! - The sprit of resistance? The drive to find solutions? The fortitude to smile no matter what life dishes up? DEF wants to know what makes you get up in the morning and set your sights on a higher vision for yourself and for the world around you. Tell us through your words, photos or video WHAT INSPIRES YOU.

DEF IS INSPIRED! We thank everyone who entered DEF's WHAT INSPIRES YOU? contest. We are proud to share with you our five winning entries. Each winner received two Simmons Jewelry Co. GREEN BRACELETS, the symbol of DEF's mission. Why two bracelets? One for the WINNER, and one to give to someone who INSPIRES THEM.

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D.E.F. - The Freedom Fighter

Nelson Mandela and the spirit of resistance

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D.E.F. Profiles - See who has inspired Russell Simmons - Nelson Mandela and the spirit of resistance.

While in South Africa and Botswana documenting Russell Simmons' fact-finding mission in autumn 2006, award-winning film-maker Selwyn Hinds and his team met several young Africans with compelling real-life stories to tell. The D.E.F. Profiles series of six short video clips focus on their perspectives combined with Russell's experience as a first-time visitor to Africa. The D.E.F. Profiles follow the video, Journey: Russell Simmons in Southern Africa.

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