The school year is set to begin at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with distinguished speakers including Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 6p.m. at the Kenneth L. Johnson, Sr. Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Complex.
Sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, the free, public event is the main attraction for Welcome Back Week at UAPB.
Rev Run is the front man of seminal hip-hop group Run-D.M.C. and has sold tens of millions of records worldwide and is widely credited for ushering rap music into mainstream culture. An inductee of the Rock & Roll Hall
of Fame, Run-D.M.C. was named the greatest hip-hop artist of all-time by MTV and VH1.
Recently, Run has become a highly sought-after deejay and public speaker.
Run remains a dynamic figure in entertainment today. His hit MTV show, Run’s House, aired for six seasons and became one of the most widely viewed shows on cable television. Starring alongside his wife Justine and their six children, Run became America’s favorite father and a paradigm of family values, humor, and spirituality. Run’s House set the groundwork for Take Back Your Family: A Challenge to America’s Parents - a book Run co-authored with Justine.
In 2008, he penned Words of Wisdom: Daily Affirmations of Faith from Run’s House to Yours.
His third book, Manology, co-authored with Tyrese, became a New York Times Best Seller instantly, still selling thousands of books weekly and holding firm on the bestseller list. Run’s daily inspirational words of wisdom are followed by 4,000,000 people on Twitter and has established him as a thought leader in the world of social media.
In 2013 Run starred in the Super Bowl commercial for the new Lincoln MKZ. He is serving as an ambassador for Novo Nordisk in their Ask.Screen.Know. campaign Run and his family have just finished airing their show Rev Run’s Renovation, which became an instant hit amongst existing fans as well new fans worldwide. He and his wife have just finished filming their new show Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers.