Meet Bruce George, Founder of the “Genius is Common” Movement & Co-Founder of Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam on HBO

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Bruce is a visionary, entrepreneur, speaker, author, panelist, executive producer, writer, poet, consultant and social activist. He was born and raised in New York City. He has written poetry/prose & articles for over 37 years. His work has been published in major magazines, anthologies, and literary publications. He has written testimonials from the likes of Essence Magazine, Emerge Magazine, Class Magazine, Harlem River Press etc…

Bruce has won multiple poetry & talent contests. He has won several awards such as a “Peabody Award” for “Russell Simmons Presents, Def Poetry (HBO)”, a “Miky Award” for “Russell Simmons Presents, Def Poetry Jam (HBO)”, an “Upscale Showcase Award”, a “Trail Blazer Award” etc… for his outstanding vision, production, writing and performance.

Bruce is the Co Founder of the critically acclaimed award winning “Russel Simmon’s Def Poetry Jam.”  He’s also the Founder/Managing Editor of “The Bandana Republic, an Anthology of Poetry & Prose by Gang Members & Their Affiliates.”

As an activist Bruce has been and currently is associated with major grassroots organizations that fosters and uplifts people in struggle. Bruce conducts creative writing/performance poetry workshops for colleges and universities/organizations nationally and internationally, and he’s an Executive Consultant for multiple organizations.

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What is Genius is Common?

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This is a call of empowerment. Today be inspired, be empowered and do the same for others. Proudly, wear your declaration of humankind’s divine manifestation. Share Your Genius on the page…

 “Genius is Common” means that all beings have a genius in them.

Genius manifests itself through each being’s own unique way of expressing their passion, be it their profession, their art, their talent.

An example can be a woman from the inner city who knows how to micro braid hair like Picasso painted; her skill, her talent is her genius.

Positioned to become a part of the American lexicon, like Nike’s “Just Do It” and Sprite’s “Obey your thirst,” “Genius is Common,” in just a few words, empowers by leveling the playing field of who and what is traditionally thought to be a genius.

Bruce George Author, Activist, Co-Founder, Def Poetry Jam

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