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Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 1 (DVD)
From the makers of Russell Simmons's Def Comedy Jam, comes an all-new series that showcases practitioners of one of the country's fastest-rising performing art forms - def poetry - in an intimate, uncensored format. Taped live at The Supper Club in New York, Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry is hosted by popular rap artist Mos Def, and spotlights original material performed by contemporary urban poets and well-known music/comedy artists.]]>
Produced by Russell Simmons and hosted by Mos Def, this groundbreaking HBO series presents poetry for the hip-hop generation. The setting is New York's Supper Club, the performers are young men and women of every hue, and the tools are words: angry, funny--even profane--words. Taped live, each of the four 30-minute episodes from the first season features several poets and a guest or two (from the fiery Last Poets to the out-of-her-element Jewel). This isn't your grandma's traditional verse, but rather slam poetry--or spoken word--as influenced by Public Enemy as Langston Hughes and the evening news. Some are powerful (see Suheir Hammad), some clever (Sarah Jones), and some irritating (Yellow Rage), but each poem is sure to provoke some kind of reaction. Def Poetry would go on to beget a world tour, a Peabody Award and, in its Broadway incarnation, a Tony for best theatrical event. --Kathleen C. FennessySee all Editorial Reviews
I saw it for the first time and I loved it. When I first heard about it, I remembered saying to myself that I had to get and I'm glad that I did. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AshNicole
Entertaining and thought provoking. The episodes must be watched several times to appreciate the entire message the poets are conveying. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Thom J 3
I was interested in getting my students excited about poetry. This video does it. There is one poem said by a teacher that is spot on. Read morePublished 20 months ago by B. Hart
Its interesting. There were a few poets that blew me away, then there were others that just didnt do it for me. Read morePublished on October 3, 2011 by Charmlucky
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