“Philly has always been top-heavy with poets,” says Danny Simmons, the local painter and Rush Arts leader (and brother to hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons). That will be especially so this Friday when the Philadelphia Art Museum’s Great Stair Hall hosts a reunion for performers from HBO’s late, great Def Poetry Jam, which Danny Simmons cofounded in 2002 and coproduced during its five-year run.
Def Poetry Jam alumni who are scheduled to perform include Sonia Sanchez, Ursula Rucker, Black Ice, and Vanessa German, among others. A set by Philly-based DJ Rich Medina will follow. The Art Museum expects around 600 attendees to fill the Great Stair Hall for the sold-out reunion.
From top: Ursula Rucker, Rich Medina, Vanessa German, Yellow Rage. All photos Harrison Brink/Love Me Do Photography. Courtest of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
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