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Def Poetry - Season 2
Def Poetry - Season 2
Actors: Mos Def, Russell Simmons, Jason Carney, Jamie Foxx, Marty McConnell
Genres: Comedy, Television
NR     2005     2hr 55min

HOSTED BY POPULAR MUSICIAN & ACTOR MOS DEF, THIS ACCLAIMED HBOSERIES FEATURES TALENTED CONTEMPORARY URBAN POETS, WELL-KNOWN MUSICIANS & COMEDIANS, & HIGHLIGHTS THEIR ORIGINAL MATERIAL,PRESENTED IN AN UNCENSORED & DEFINITEL...  more »

     
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Actors: Mos Def, Russell Simmons, Jason Carney, Jamie Foxx, Marty McConnell
Creators: Mos Def, Russell Simmons, A. Ty Risby, Allen Kelman, Danny Simmons, Deborah Pointer, Kamilah Forbes, Karen Apple
Genres: Comedy, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Comedy
Studio: Hbo Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 04/05/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 2hr 55min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Show for our generation
Dorrie Wheeler | 04/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Def Poetry is an entertaining HBO series that is far from a regular poetry reading. These poets all have a unique style of poetry. They hit the stage and run through their monologue like they are seasoned stage performers and some have the presence of actors and comediennes. Always mixing things up, the poets that hit the stage are of all races. In episode one an Asian poet hits the stage and runs through a monologue about the Asian race. White men and women hit the stage as well as African-American poets. This poetic melting pot is a groundbreaking show because the poets have the freedom to express themselves with limited boundaries as it seems no topic is off limits. At any moment you can see a poet talking about race issues, sexuality, infidelity, abortion, abuse, issues of the day, politics, and of course 9-11. Curse words are not bleeped, being that this is a cable series, the poets get wild. The most common topic it seems is race.

Def Poetry is a show for our generation. The show is hosted by rapper/actor Mos Def. Mos spits his own little monologue at the beginning of some episodes and he introduces each poet. Oscar winner Jamie Foxx performs in episode one of Season 2. He has a funny little poem called "Fashizzle My Nizzle," where his monologue is about getting with a woman who three days later gives him something to think about. Every poet has their own style and one poet whose monologue is based around 9/11 hits the stage with a book and reads. His monologue about a terrible event in U.S. history is performed so innocently that it brings a few chuckles from the crowd.

Def Poetry won a Peabody Award. Celebrities that drop by during season two include Jamie Foxx, Danny Hoch, Taylor Mali, Black Ice, Erykah Badu, and Malcolm Jamal Warner.

Erykah Badu is classic in her monologue about fans."
The Best Yet
Alphanso | Brooklyn, NY | 03/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I own all 4 seasons of Def Poetry released to date (03/19/07) and season 2 is the best season I have watched. I do enjoy watching all 4 seasons and have watched them several times, but if you buy any season of Def Poetry, season 2 is one to buy. Five stars all the way!"
Very powerful, well worth the money
Joseph Mccray | 04/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've watched this a few times now, and I found it to be very moving. I loved the diversity of the poets as other reviewer made reference to. This is good - the performers are very creative and witty, they hit very close to home on several issues, the DVD has humor, it provokes thought, and is very REAL.

The other reviewer did make a very good point in that a lot of the poems focus on race issues, but some of the poets also focus on ghetto life, relationships, and other issues.

All in all - I would recommend this one to friends as something that is thought provoking while being very down to earth. Your mileage my vary of course - I hope this helps a potential buyer.


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I Need More
TenderT | California USA | 01/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm all about poetry. Def Poetry is fabulous, hard core, and real. It's street, romance, politics, and life in spoken word. I am happy to have found this on DVD. I'll buy as many as they make.
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