And to me, they don't mean black or Latino, or non-white.What they really mean is, a rhythm of poetry that comes out of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, that came out of the slams. My hat is off to Russell Simmons, who has found a way to get poems on HBO in a way that feeds his own business.It gives him the back credentials for his hip-hop label, and at the same time he's magnanimous towards the art of poetry, giving us a place like that.
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The show ran on Broadway until May 2003, and won a 2003 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event.
The show subsequently toured both nationally and internationally.
Starting in 2008, producers of Def Poetry (including Simmons, Stan Lathan, and Kamilah Forbes) developed and broadcast the HBO poetry show Brave New Voices, which is stylistically similar to Def Poetry, with teenage poets competing and backstage scenes.
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Performances also include special appearances by well-known actors and musicians, as well as occasional performances by Mos Def himself.