Run's House

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For the song, see Run's House (song).
Run's House
Run'sHouseCast.jpg
From left to right: JoJo, Rev Run, Russy, Justine, Vanessa, Angela and Diggy (at the bottom) with Miley.
Genre Reality
Created by
  • Russell Simmons
  • Sean "Diddy" Combs
  • John Davies
  • Stan Lathan
  • Will Griffin
Starring
  • Joseph Simmons
  • Justine Simmons
  • Vanessa Simmons
  • Angela Simmons
  • Joseph Simmons, Jr.
  • Diggy Simmons
  • Russell Simmons II
  • Miley Justine Simmons
Theme music composer
Opening theme "Run's House"
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 59
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Jacqueline French
  • Jason Carbone
  • John Davies
  • Liz Gateley
  • Mike Powers
  • Nick Lee
  • Russell Simmons
  • Sean "Diddy" Combs
  • Stan Lathan
  • Will Griffin
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 20 to 23 minutes
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channel MTV
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run October 13, 2005 (2005-10-13) – July 13, 2009 (2009-07-13)
Chronology
Related shows Daddy's Girls
External links
Website

Run's House is an American reality television series that debuted on October 13, 2005. The series chronicles the family life of former Run–D.M.C. rapper and hip-hop music pioneer Joseph Simmons, also known as Rev Run.[1] Its theme song and show name are from the Run-D.M.C. album Tougher Than Leather. It was filmed in the Simmons family home in Saddle River, New Jersey;[2] the Simmons offices in Manhattan, New York; and the apartment shared by Joseph's daughters, Vanessa and Angela, in Los Angeles, California.

Cast[edit]

Joseph Simmons, Sr.[edit]

Main article: Joseph Simmons

Joseph Ward Simmons (born (1964-11-14) November 14, 1964 (age 49) in Hollis Queens) is one of the founding members of hip-hop group Run–D.M.C. He is known as DJ Run, Joey Simmons or Rev Run, which is a play on his religious title. He is the youngest brother of artist Daniel Simmons, Jr. and Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons. He entered the hip hop scene as a DJ for Kurtis Blow. He assumed the alias 'Son of Kurtis Blow', but later changed it to 'Run'.

He became a reverend at Zoe Ministries, a controversial church that solicits monetary pledges for spiritual enlightenment.[3][4][5] After that he changed his name to 'Rev Run'. He met his second wife Justine when they were teenagers; they later reconnected. She is the mother of Diggy, Russy and Miley.

Justine Simmons[edit]

Justine is the wife of Joseph Simmons and mother of their three children, as well as stepmother to Joseph Simmons' three children from previous marriage to Valerie Vaughn. She sells a jewelry line called "Brown Sugar" that was featured on HSN in 2007.

Vanessa Simmons[edit]

Vanessa (born (1983-08-05) August 5, 1983 (age 30)) is an aspiring actress. She and her sister, Angela Simmons, are designers for the shoe brand Pastry.[6] She attended St John's University where she briefly dated rapper J. Cole and graduated with a degree in Communications in December 2007. Vanessa appeared briefly on the soap opera television show Guiding Light and held a role in the film Speed Dating. In 2008 she secretly entered the Miss California USA pageant.[7] She is in Boogie Town and the ensemble film Dysfunctional Friends. She also starred in the 2014 web series, Mixed.[8]

Angela Simmons[edit]

Angela (born (1987-09-18) September 18, 1987 (age 26)) was the editor for Angela's Rundown, a monthly mini magazine targeted for youths of ages 14 – 19 which covers teen topics, style, music, and fashion that was distributed within Word Up! (magazine). The magazine also features fashion tips and in-depth celebrity "ugly duckling" interviews. Both magazines ceased publication in April 2012. She attended Fashion Institute of Technology for one year before dropping out to be a businesswoman. Angela was featured in Bow Wow's music video for his single, Shortie Like Mine. On March 23, 2007, she launched Pastry Footwear with her older sister Vanessa, under their family's line of footwear named Run Athletics. The first product line released is the "Cake Collection", inspired by their favorite pastries. With sister Vanessa, she designs and runs the shoe brand.[6]

Joseph "JoJo" Ward Simmons, Jr.[edit]

Joseph, Jr. (born (1989-09-29) September 29, 1989 (age 24)) is the first son and third oldest child. He is a member of rap group Team Blackout (signed to Latchkey Records), who shot a music video for their single "J5". JoJo first went to St. Mary's High School in Manhasset, NY with fellow group members of team blackout (Reggie and Zack). After attending Ramsey High School for a little over one year, he graduated from New Jersey's Northern Highlands Regional High School in 2007.[citation needed] As a graduation present, his father gave him a black BMW car with his name embroidered onto the seats. On May 8, 2009, Joseph Jr. was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.[9]

Daniel Dwayne "Diggy" Simmons III[edit]

Main article: Diggy Simmons

Diggy (born (1995-03-21) March 21, 1995 (age 19)) is an aspiring rapper and is working on a fashion line with his mentor, Pharrell Williams. The line was originally titled "Space Age", then changed to "Space Cadet"; however, Diggy has stated that the line is going to be called "something that means so much more." On December 28, 2009, Diggy stated "Chivalrous Culture is my brand releasing spring 2011 for the people that asked is it mine."[citation needed] Diggy released his first, The First Flight at midnight on December 2, 2009.[10] His second mixtape, Airborne was released on September 10, 2010. Diggy was signed to Atlantic Records on March 21, 2010 (on his fifteenth birthday). As of January 2011, he had appeared on singles by teen R&B singers Jacob Latimore[11] and Dionne Bromfield, and rapped on Mindless Behavior's single "Mrs. Right". The title of his debut album is Unexpected Arrival. He also has a new mixtape on the way which is called Out of this world".

Russell "Russy" Simmons II[edit]

Russell Simmons II (born (1996-08-31) August 31, 1996 (age 17) is the youngest son. His nickname is Russy, and is named after his father's older brother, Russell Simmons.

Victoria Anne Simmons[edit]

Victoria (born September 26, 2006 – September 26, 2006) was four pounds, five ounces when she was delivered via caesarean section. She died shortly after being born reportedly due to omphalocele, a birth defect that caused her organs to grow outside her body. The Simmons family decided to allow camera crews to be in the hospital room as they broke the news to their children. They wanted to show viewers how, as a family, they dealt with the tragedy. Afterward, they went to a hearing to adopt Miley Justine Simmons.

Miley Justine Simmons[edit]

Shortly after the death of Victoria Anne Simmons, the family started adoption proceedings which completed in September 2007. A month later, they were introduced to their daughter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ McFarland, Melanie (October 12, 2005). "Without wack jobs, 'Run's House' may not fly". Seattle Pi. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Holahan, Catherine (October 10, 2005). "Browse > Home / NJ Info / NJ in the News / Rappers Move to Bergen County Rappers Move to Bergen County". The Bergen Record. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ Bishop Bernard Jordan, False Prophet Forgotten Word Ministries. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
  4. ^ Bishop E. Bernard Jordan And The New Psychic Friends Network. New York Bureau, Preachers Investigation Bureau. Posted January 14, 2011. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
  5. ^ E. Bernard Jordan, Master False Prophet. Apprising Ministries. Posted June 25, 2010. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
  6. ^ a b About Pastry Shoes
  7. ^ http://remotecontrol.mtv.com/?p=11798 Vanessa Simmons Secretly Enters Miss California Pageant
  8. ^ "Vanessa Simmons Stars in New Comedy Web Series Titled ‘Mixed!’". Black America Web. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Sederstrom, Jotham (May 10, 2009). "Run-DMC rapper's son Jo-jo Simmons gets out of jail free after pot bust". New York Daily News. Retrieved November 7, 2009. 
  10. ^ Simmons, Diggy. "Official Myspace of Diggy Simmons". Myspace Music. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  11. ^ The Next Big Thing? - Jacob Latimore This Must Be Pop, 1 26 11

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