Run's House

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Run's House
From left to right: JoJo, Rev Run, Russy, Justine, Vanessa, Angela and Diggy (at the bottom) with Miley.
Created by
Theme music composer
Opening theme"Run's House"
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes59
Executive producers
ProducerJames DuBose[1]
Camera setupMultiple
Running time20 to 23 minutes
Production companies
Original networkMTV
Picture formatNTSC
Original releaseOctober 13, 2005 (2005-10-13) –
July 13, 2009 (2009-07-13)
RelatedDaddy's Girls

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.[2] 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;[3] the Simmons offices in Manhattan, New York; and the apartment shared by Joseph's daughters, Vanessa and Angela, in Los Angeles, California.


Joseph Simmons, Sr.[edit]

Joseph Ward Simmons (born November 14, 1964 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.[4][5][6] After that he changed his name to "Rev Run". He met his second wife Justine when they were teenagers;[citation needed] they later reconnected. She is the mother of Diggy, Russy, Victoria Anne (Born September 26, 2006 - Died September 26, 2006) and Miley.

Justine Simmons[edit]

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

Vanessa Simmons[edit]

Vanessa is an aspiring actress. She and her sister, Angela Simmons, are designers for the shoe brand Pastry.[7] In 2008, she secretly entered the Miss California USA pageant.[8] She is in Boogie Town and the ensemble film Dysfunctional Friends. She also starred in the 2014 web series, Mixed.[9] On February 13, 2014 Vanessa and boyfriend Michael Wayans, son of actor Damon Wayans, welcomed a baby girl, Ava Marie Jean.[10]

Angela Simmons[edit]

Angela 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. In October 2006 Angela was featured in Rapper Bow Wow 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. In late 2015, Angela made her solo designer debut with her own faux fur line called Foofi and Bella. As of 2016 she stars in the reality television program Growing Up Hip Hop, which she executive produces and stars in with Romeo Miller. Other cast members include: TJ Mizell, Kristinia DeBarge, Boogie Dash and Egypt Criss.[7][11] In September 2016, she was engaged to Sutton Tennyson, and gave birth to a baby boy, Sutton Joseph Tennyson. In 2018, Tennyson and Simmons were no longer engaged. In November 2018, Sutton Tennyson was murdered in his driveway during a dispute.[12]

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

Jojo is the third oldest of the six children. He and wife, Tanice Amira have a daughter, Mia, born February 20, 2016. He also runs the record label Whos House Entertainment. As of 2021, he and Tanice welcomed a baby boy .

Daniel Dwayne "Diggy" Simmons III[edit]

Diggy is an aspiring rapper and is working on a fashion line with his mentor, Pharrell Williams.[citation needed] Diggy released his first, mixtape The First Flight at midnight on December 2, 2009.[13] 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[14] and Dionne Bromfield, and rapped on Mindless Behavior's single "Mrs. Right". In 2012, Diggy released his first studio album entitled, Unexpected Arrival under Atlantic Records. He is a cast member of the hit show Grown-ish.

Russell "Russy" Simmons II[edit]

Russell Simmons II is the youngest son. His nickname is Russy, and is named after his father's older brother, Russell Simmons.[citation needed] Russy stars with his parents and younger sister, Miley on the shows Rev Runs Around the World,[15] which airs on the Travel Channel, and Rev Run's Sunday Suppers[16] on the Cooking Channel.

Victoria Anne Simmons[edit]

Victoria (born and died 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]

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


Run's House aired on NickMom from October 2014 to September 27 2015, and aired on MTV Classic from August 1 to December 30 2016, And aired on BET Her (Formerly Centric) for a time


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  10. ^ "Vanessa Simmons Gives Birth to Daughter Ava Marie Jean".
  11. ^ Caramanica, Jon (2016-01-06). "Review: 'Growing Up Hip Hop' Shares the Perks and Perils of Progeny". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
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  14. ^ The Next Big Thing? - Jacob Latimore This Must Be Pop, 1 26 11 Archived 2011-02-07 at the Wayback Machine
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  16. ^ "Rev Run and his wife Justine to star in 'Sunday Suppers'". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2016-01-24.

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