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Def Poetry Jam's Russell Simmons at Work on Reality Show for Oxygen Network

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Russell Simmons
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
Russell Simmons
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
Hip-hop mogul and Broadway producer Russell Simmons is at work on a new reality series for the Oxygen network, according to a report in Variety. The series, tentatively titled The Russell Simmons Project, will focus on the women who make up his team of associates.

The paper reports that Simmons' colleagues include "confidantes, fierce gatekeepers, dating coaches, spiritual advisers, philanthropic czars, business liaisons and more." The show will be developed by Simmons Lathan Media Group, which was also behind HBO's long-running Def Comedy Jam, as well as Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and MTV's Run's House, along with Picture This TV.

Simmons brought his Def Poetry Jam to Broadway in 2002. The show went on to win the 2003 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event.


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