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Lemon Andersen Preforms “Please Don’t Take My Air Jordans”

on January 5, 2013

This video brought me to tears. Such a beautiful performance. The truth in his words and the lack of this in our daily lives saddens me. How do you make spoken word to the masses? Performances such as this need to be put on every where. We are losing the arts in schools and eventually its just going to be a distant memory for all. Doesn’t anyone else see what will be lost along with it? Let me tell you … our ability to express is going to be lost as well.

Lemon Andersen is a poet, spoken word artist and actor. He first garnered national attention appearing in Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway in 2002, which won a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event and netted Andersen a Drama Desk nomination for his writing. Andersen also appeared in eight episodes of HBO’s ode to spoken word, Def Poetry.
Over the past decade, he has performed in venues across the country, from New York’s Nuyorican Poets Café to Hollywood’s Kodak Theater. He has appeared in four Spike Lee films and was the subject of the documentary Lemon, a look at his journey from two-time felon to bold-faced name — and how leaving one’s past behind just isn’t that simple.
Most recently, Spike Lee produced Andersen’s one-man play County of Kings at The Public Theater in New York City. Since its premiere in 2009, the play has been staged on three continents, to rave reviews. The script was awarded the New York Book Festival’s Grand Prize.
Anderson’s newest work, ToasT, was commissioned by the Sundance Institute and will be staged at The Public Theater in 2013.


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