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Yasiin Bey ...  Himself - Host / ... 44 episodes, 2002-2007
Russell Simmons ...  Himself 40 episodes, 2002-2007
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Taglines:

Spoken word. Spoken truth.

Genres:

Documentary | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Def Poetry Jam See more »

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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[repeated Line]
Mos Def: Oh, shit, it's Russell Simmons.
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Spun-off from Def Comedy Jam (1992) See more »

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If You're Into Musings On Cute Little Butterflies and Rainbows, Then This Ain't For You!
6 April 2004 | by Deceptikon225See all my reviews

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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