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Def Poetry (TV Series 2002– ) Poster

(2002– )

Full Cast & Crew

Series Directed by 

Joslyn Rose Lyons ... (3 episodes, 2007)
Stan Lathan ... (2 episodes, 2007)

Series Writing Credits  

Yasiin Bey ... (1 episode, 2007)

Series Cast  

Yasiin Bey ...  Himself - Host / ... 44 episodes, 2002-2007
Russell Simmons ...  Himself 40 episodes, 2002-2007
Lemon Andersen Lemon Andersen ...  Himself 7 episodes, 2002-2005
Black Ice Black Ice ...  Himself 7 episodes, 2002-2005
Georgia Me Georgia Me ...  Herself 6 episodes, 2002-2005
Shihan Shihan ...  Himself 6 episodes, 2002-2005
Beau Sia ...  Himself 6 episodes, 2002-2005
Suheir Hammad ...  Herself 5 episodes, 2002-2005
Poetri Poetri ...  Himself 5 episodes, 2002-2005
Staceyann Chin ...  Herself 4 episodes, 2002-2005
Mayda Del Valle Mayda Del Valle ...  Herself 4 episodes, 2003-2005
Bassey Ikpi Bassey Ikpi ...  Herself 4 episodes, 2003-2005
Flaco Navaja ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2003-2005
Rafael Casal ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2004-2007
Oscar Brown Jr. Oscar Brown Jr. ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2002-2005
Jason Carney Jason Carney ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2002-2005
J. Ivy J. Ivy ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2002-2005
Kevin Coval Kevin Coval ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2002-2004
Flowmentalz Flowmentalz ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2002-2004
Craig muMs Grant ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2002-2004
Taylor Mali Taylor Mali ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2002-2004
Amalia Ortiz Amalia Ortiz ...  Herself 3 episodes, 2002-2004
Ishle Park Ishle Park ...  Herself 3 episodes, 2002-2004
Common ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2003-2005
Gemineye Gemineye ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2003-2005
Rives Rives ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2003-2005
Kanye West ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2003-2005
Ise Lyfe ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2005-2007
Sekou Andrews ...  Himself - Poet 2 episodes, 2002-2005
Dave Chappelle ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2002-2005
Steve Connell Steve Connell ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2002-2005
Nikki Giovanni ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2002-2005
Sonia Sanchez Sonia Sanchez ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2002-2005
Amanda Seales ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2002-2005
Sekou Sundiata Sekou Sundiata ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2002-2005
Sekou Torbet Sekou Torbet ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2002-2005
Reggie Cabico Reggie Cabico ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2002-2004
Talib Kweli ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2002-2004
Liza Jessie Peterson Liza Jessie Peterson ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2002-2004
Dawn Saylor Dawn Saylor ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2002-2004
Steve Colman Steve Colman ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2002-2003
Maggie Estep Maggie Estep ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2002-2003
Vanessa Hidary Vanessa Hidary ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2002-2003
Danny Hoch ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2002-2003
Jessica Care Moore Jessica Care Moore ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2002
Michael Ellison Michael Ellison ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2003-2005
Gina Loring Gina Loring ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2003-2005
Smokey Robinson ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2003-2005
Emanuel Xavier ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2003-2005
Dana Gilmore Dana Gilmore ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2003-2004
Marc Bamuthi Joseph Marc Bamuthi Joseph ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2003-2004
Joe Hernandez-Kolski ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2004-2007
Will Da Real One Bell Will Da Real One Bell ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2004-2005
Floetry ...  Themselves 2 episodes, 2004-2005
Reg E. Gaines Reg E. Gaines ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2004-2005
Rachel McKibbens ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2004-2005
Red Storm Red Storm ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2004-2005
Kelly Tsai Kelly Tsai ...  Herself - Spoken Word Poet 2 episodes, 2004-2005
Dahlak Brathwaite Dahlak Brathwaite ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2005
Nah Dah Nah Dah ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2007
Ryan Nicole Ryan Nicole ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2007
Erykah Badu ...  Herself 1 episode, 2002
Amiri Baraka Amiri Baraka ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Dante Basco ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Cedric the Entertainer ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Caridad 'La Bruja' De La Luz ...  Herself 1 episode, 2002
Jamie Foxx ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Reginald Gibson Reginald Gibson ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Goldie Goldie ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Joy Harjo ...  Herself 1 episode, 2002
Wood Harris ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
In-q In-q ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Linton Kwesi Johnson Linton Kwesi Johnson ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Kayo Kayo ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Jewel Kilcher ...  Herself 1 episode, 2002
Dennis Kim Dennis Kim ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
The Last Poets The Last Poets ...  Guest Performers 1 episode, 2002
Felipe Luciano ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Haki R. Madhubuti Haki R. Madhubuti ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Marty McConnell Marty McConnell ...  Herself 1 episode, 2002
Thea Monyee Thea Monyee ...  Herself 1 episode, 2002
Anthony Morales Anthony Morales ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Keith Murray Keith Murray ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Willie Perdomo Willie Perdomo ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Rakim Rakim ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Louis Reyes Rivera Louis Reyes Rivera ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Big Rube Big Rube ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Patrica Smith Patrica Smith ...  Herself 1 episode, 2002
Twin Poets Twin Poets ...  Themselves 1 episode, 2002
Malcolm-Jamal Warner ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Yellow Rage Yellow Rage ...  Themselves 1 episode, 2002
Malik Yusef Malik Yusef ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Mike 360 Mike 360 ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Rock Baby Rock Baby ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Jimmy Santiago Baca Jimmy Santiago Baca ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Buju Banton Buju Banton ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Ras Baraka Ras Baraka ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Daniel Beaty Daniel Beaty ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Roger Bonair-Agard Roger Bonair-Agard ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Joel Chmara Joel Chmara ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Jonzi D. Jonzi D. ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Chris DeMarcus Chris DeMarcus ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Jamie DeWolf Jamie DeWolf ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Rupert Estanisiao Rupert Estanisiao ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Fenchi Fenchi ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Chinaka Hodge Chinaka Hodge ...  Herself 1 episode, 2003
Cheryl 'Salt' James ...  Herself 1 episode, 2003
Jamie Kennedy Jamie Kennedy ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Dufflyn Lammers ...  Herself 1 episode, 2003
Helena D. Lewis Helena D. Lewis ...  Herself 1 episode, 2003
Richard Montoya ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Mutabaruka Mutabaruka ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Alix Olson Alix Olson ...  Herself 1 episode, 2003
Bao Phi Bao Phi ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Poem-Cees Poem-Cees ...  Themselves 1 episode, 2003
Lou Reed ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Ursula Rucker Ursula Rucker ...  Herself 1 episode, 2003
Malik Salaam ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Jill Scott ...  Herself 1 episode, 2003
Shappy Seasholtz Shappy Seasholtz ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Geoff Trenchard Geoff Trenchard ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Quincy Troupe Quincy Troupe ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Saul Williams ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Deborah Young Deborah Young ...  Herself 1 episode, 2003
Miguel Algarín Miguel Algarín ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Tish Benson Tish Benson ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Besskepp Besskepp ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Tara Betts Tara Betts ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Triple Black Triple Black ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Tommy Bottoms Tommy Bottoms ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Andy Buck Andy Buck ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Gamal A. Chasten Gamal A. Chasten ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Julian Curry Julian Curry ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Jus Cus Jus Cus ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Ruby Dee ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Ani Difranco Ani Difranco ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Rita Dove ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Michael Eric Dyson Michael Eric Dyson ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Zena Edwards Zena Edwards ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Mike Epps ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Martín Espada Martín Espada ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Marlon Esquerra Marlon Esquerra ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Kim Fields ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Nikky Finney Nikky Finney ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Michael Franti ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Doug E. Fresh ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Adele Givens ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Mark Gonzales Mark Gonzales ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
John S. Hall John S. Hall ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Bob Holman Bob Holman ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Javon Johnson ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Robert Karimi Robert Karimi ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Laura Piece Kelly Laura Piece Kelly ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Ayisha Knight Ayisha Knight ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Yusef Komunyakaa Yusef Komunyakaa ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
KRS-One ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
MC Lyte ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
George McKibbens George McKibbens ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Nafeesa Monroe ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Tracy Morgan ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Musiq ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Dead Prez Dead Prez ...  Themselves 1 episode, 2004
Mildred Ruiz-Sapp Mildred Ruiz-Sapp ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Faraji Salim Faraji Salim ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Steven Sapp Steven Sapp ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Speech Speech ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Morris Stegosaurus Morris Stegosaurus ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Amir Sulaiman Amir Sulaiman ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Marvin Tate Marvin Tate ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Kendra Urdang Kendra Urdang ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Buddy Wakefield Buddy Wakefield ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Yolanda Wilkinson Yolanda Wilkinson ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Claudia Alick Claudia Alick ...  Herself 1 episode, 2005
Scorpio Blues Scorpio Blues ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Mike Booker Mike Booker ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Avery Brooks ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Tommy Chun Tommy Chun ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Michael Cirelli Michael Cirelli ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Consequence ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Mollie Engelhart Mollie Engelhart ...  Herself 1 episode, 2005
Eve Ensler ...  Herself 1 episode, 2005
Flaco Flaco ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Savion Glover ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Gideon Grody-Patinkin Gideon Grody-Patinkin ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Caroline Harvey Caroline Harvey ...  Herself 1 episode, 2005
Lauryn Hill ...  Herself 1 episode, 2005
Wyclef Jean ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Alicia Keys ...  Herself 1 episode, 2005
Bounty Killer Bounty Killer ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
John Legend ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Al Letson Al Letson ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Aulelei Love Aulelei Love ...  Herself 1 episode, 2005
Paul Mabon ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Flow Mantalz Flow Mantalz ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Mike McGee Mike McGee ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Erik Ott Erik Ott ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Jerry Quickley Jerry Quickley ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Phylicia Rashad ...  Herself 1 episode, 2005
Otep Shamaya ...  Herself 1 episode, 2005
Joseph Simmons ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Sharrif Simmons Sharrif Simmons ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Tim Strattford Tim Strattford ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Dan Sully Dan Sully ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Tariq Trotter ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Brian Dykstra ...  Poet 1 episode, 2007
Carlos Andrés Gómez ...  Himself 1 episode, 2007
Skim Skim ...  Herself 1 episode
Minnesota Minnesota ...  Himself (uncredited) 2 episodes, 2004-2005

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)
John Irwin ... supervising producer (1 episode, 2007)
Alex Pudlin ... coordinating producer (1 episode, 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 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)
Jeff U'ren ... (1 episode, 2002)
Judd Flemming ... (1 episode, 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 ... 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)
Weusi Baraka ... talent consultant (34 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)
Jackie Bazan ... publicist (10 episodes, 2005)
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)
Alex Pudlin ... production coordinator (1 episode, 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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