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Release Date:
June 2002 (USA) See more »
Spoken word. Spoken truth.
1 win & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
If You're Into Musings On Cute Little Butterflies and Rainbows, Then This Ain't For You! See more (5 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 60)

Yasiin Bey ... Himself - Host / ... (44 episodes, 2002-2007)

Russell Simmons ... Himself (40 episodes, 2002-2007)

Series Directed by
Joslyn Rose Lyons (3 episodes, 2007)
Stan Lathan (2 episodes, 2007)
Series Writing credits
Yasiin Bey (1 episode, 2007)

Series Produced by
Yasiin Bey .... co-executive producer (44 episodes, 2002-2007)
Russell Simmons .... executive producer (44 episodes, 2002-2007)
Shara Kabakow .... line producer (7 episodes, 2002)
Lee Gaither .... executive producer / supervising producer (3 episodes, 2007)
Stan Lathan .... executive producer (3 episodes, 2007)
Joslyn Rose Lyons .... producer (3 episodes, 2007)

Karen Apple .... coordinating producer (unknown episodes)
Kamilah Forbes .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
Allen Kelman .... producer (unknown episodes)
Deborah Pointer .... co-executive producer (unknown episodes)
A. Ty Risby .... producer: USA (unknown episodes)
Danny Simmons .... co-executive producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Loren Toolajian (4 episodes, 2002)

Minnesota (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Khamisi Norwood (2 episodes, 2007)
Series Film Editing by
Cheryl Campsmith (3 episodes, 2007)
Series Production Design by
Keith Raywood (40 episodes, 2002-2007)
Series Makeup Department
Jeffrey Rebelo .... key hair stylist (20 episodes, 2004-2005)
Erin Hicks .... hair department head (10 episodes, 2005)
Lisa Hazell .... key hair stylist (7 episodes, 2002)
Series Production Management
Alex Pudlin .... production supervisor (1 episode, 2007)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karen Apple .... associate director (1 episode, 2002)
Series Sound Department
Josh Morton .... sound re-recording mixer (24 episodes, 2004-2007)
Series Visual Effects by
Shawn Esposito .... digital artist (11 episodes, 2002)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Geisler .... camera operator (10 episodes, 2005)
Series Music Department
Yasiin Bey .... musical director (28 episodes, 2002-2004)
Series Other crew
Dawn Douglass .... talent associate (38 episodes, 2002-2005)
Mark Taylor .... production executive (38 episodes, 2002-2005)
Ishmel Muhammad .... production coordinator (24 episodes, 2004-2007)
Katy Savard .... talent department / production assistant (24 episodes, 2004-2007)
Jeremy M. Rosen .... production assistant (18 episodes, 2002-2003)
Merv Hawkins .... stage manager (11 episodes, 2002)
Amanda Rosenberg .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2005)
Jannett Roberts .... talent production assistant (7 episodes, 2002)
Rachel Linhart .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 2002)
Scott Macleod .... floor manager (4 episodes, 2002)
Delmar Washington .... assistant to director and executive producer / assistant to executive producer (2 episodes, 2007)

Andre Allen .... technical director (unknown episodes)
Cheo Hodari Coker .... creative consultant (unknown episodes)
Suheir Hammad .... talent consultant (unknown episodes)
Maurice Marable .... Mos Def opening (unknown episodes)
Walter Mudu .... talent consultant (unknown episodes)
Joan Preston .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Shihan .... talent consultant (unknown episodes)
Tiffany L. Williams .... assistant to executive producer (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Def Poetry Jam" - USA (promotional title)
"Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry" - USA (complete title)
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28 min

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Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.97" (2006)See more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
If You're Into Musings On Cute Little Butterflies and Rainbows, Then This Ain't For You!, 6 April 2004
Author: Deceptikon225 from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

I love this show. It gives light to poets who have something to say and are not afraid to tell the world the truth to it's face and not give a damn about how you take it. I especially loved the poem, "First Writing Since" by Suheir Hammad. It was about an Arab woman who had to deal with being Arab, dealing with 9/11 and having two brothers in the U.S. Navy. I especially loved the lines:

"one more person ask me if i knew the hijackers.

one more m*therf*cker ask me what navy my brother is in. one more person assume no arabs or muslims were killed. one more person assume they know me, or that i represent a people. or that a people represent an evil. or that evil is as simple as a flag and words on a page.

we did not vilify all white men when mcveigh bombed oklahoma. america did not give out his family's addresses or where he went to church. or blame the bible or pat robertson.

and when the networks air footage of palestinians dancing in the street, there is no apology that hungry children are bribed with sweets that turn their teeth brown. that correspondents edit images. that archives are there to facilitate lazy and inaccurate journalism."

Powerful stuff!

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