Independent Publishing Power House Moore Black Press and Entertainment Mogul Russell Simmons to Celebrate the Launch of HBO Def Poetry Jam Co-Creator Danny Simmons' Collection of Poetry and Paintings at Exclusive Release Party

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Acclaimed visual artist and HBO Def Poetry Jam Co-Creator, Danny Simmons releases I Dreamed My People Were Calling But I Couldn't Find My Way Home from Moore Black Press Publishing

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Moore Black Press, one of the most vibrant book publishers of our time, has added acclaimed visual artist and HBO Def Poetry Jam Co-Creator, Danny Simmons to its notable list of authors with the release of I Dreamed My People Were Calling But I Couldn't Find My Way Home. Moore Black Press Founder and CEO Jessica Care Moore-Poole and entrepreneur Russell Simmons will host the official book release party on January 17th from 7-9 p.m. at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Café, located at 30 Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn.

A celebrated poet, artist and novelist, NY native Danny Simmons is committed to supporting and perpetuating a genuine appreciation for the arts. He founded the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, along with his brothers, Russell and Run DMC's Joseph (Rev Run) Simmons. I Dreamed My People Were Calling But I Couldn't Find My Way Home The Poetry and Paintings of Danny Simmons will be available for purchase and signing during the celebration.

At the heart of this powerful collection of poems and paintings are the stories Simmons tells from his easel with raw, glaring imagery. "The bright colors of his collages provide a contrast to the relentlessly grim portrayals of a society where people are jailed at birth," proclaims renowned author, Ishmael Reed. "He is able to create beauty from rubbish."

The official Media Call will take place at 6:30 p.m. inside the BAM Café lobby prior to the launch party at 7 p.m. To obtain official VIP/Media Credentials, contact Debra Williams at 212-247-3692 or email request.

Moore Black Press Publishing Inc. was founded by Apollo legend, Jessica Care Moore in 1997 to celebrate and publish emerging black poets and writers. Dedicated to the tradition of African American literature, MBP established itself as a literary force in the publishing community. Visit http://www.mooreblackpress.com to learn more or to purchase I Dreamed My People Were Calling But I Couldn't Find My Way Home The Poetry and Paintings of Danny Simmons. The book is also available at http://www.amazon.com and in stores nationwide ($30 US/ISBN: 0-9658303-1-0). Contact Moore Black Press at 404 752-0450 or PO Box 10545 Atlanta, GA 30320.

About Danny Simmons

Danny Simmons is an accomplished artist, widely exhibited both domestically and internationally and in world-renowned collections including those of Deutsche and Chase banks.

An activist and community leader, Simmons serves on the boards of prominent cultural and learning institutions including the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Brooklyn Public Library. The acclaimed poet is the co-creator of the award-winning HBO series, Def Poetry Jam and author of the novel, Three Days as the Crow Flies published by Atria Books.

Simmons is the owner of both the Rush Gallery in Chelsea, NY, and the Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn, that exhibit the works and projects from less conventional and under represented artists. Committed to supporting and perpetuating a genuine appreciation for the arts, Danny Simmons founded the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, along with his brothers, entrepreneur, Russell Simmons and Run DMC's Joseph (Rev. Run) Simmons.

About Moore Black Press

Moore Black Press Publishing Inc. was founded by Apollo legend Jessica Care Moore in 1997 to celebrate and publish emerging black poets and writers. Dedicated to the tradition of African American literature, MBP established itself as a literary force in the publishing community. Moore Black Press is home to internationally acclaimed authors Saul Williams, (The Seventh Octave), asha bandele, (The Subtle Art of Breathing), Etan Thomas (More Than an Athlete), Ras Baraka (Black Girls Learn Love Hard) and Jessica Care Moore,(The Words Don't Fit in My Mouth and The Alphabet Verses The Ghetto).

In 2007, Moore Black Press expanded to include Mo' Black Records, with the CEO's husband, hit songwriter and music producer, Kenyatta Poole. In the spring, Moore Black Press will also release Jessica Care Moore-Poole's anticipated third book, God is Not an American.

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