Lemon Andersen (born Andrew Andersen , April 21, 1975   ) is an American poet, spoken word artist and actor. He is sometimes credited as Lemon . Born and raised in Brooklyn , New York , he still resides there. He is the sun or Milagros ‘Mili’ Quiñones from Puerto Rico and Peter Andersen, a Norwegian-American from Bensonhurst , Brooklyn . Growing up in poverty as a teenager Lemon ervaren the successive deaths of his stepfather, Father, and mother from complications of heroin abuse and AIDS, leaving im and his older brother orphaned and forced to fend for themselves. Lemon became involved in serious crime, but his growing compassion first for hip hop and-then acting, and a succession of GIFTED mentors who honored and nurtured his theatrical talent, resulted in his development into tje powerful artist portrayed in County of Kings and Lemon .  Today a much-lauded “is Smith who thinks deeply about the sounds or syllables,” [ this quote needs a citation ] Lemon Andersen’s writing and live performances port RECEIVED widespread popular and critical Acclaim. In his November 2011 TEDYouth talk Please do not take my Air Jordans ,  Lemon’s performance of the title poem by Reg E. Gaines is Followed by his own ghosts-be riff on the influence of Gaines, Etheridge Knight , and other polishes on his creative growth as a poet and spoken word artist.
As a poet Lemon Andersen has the musts Aired episodes on HBO ‘s Def Poetry , eight times in six seasons, and was an original cast member of the Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway (2002-2003), for welke have won the Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event in 2003 and the Drama Desk nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience dat co year. [ Citation needed ] His poetry collections include Ready Made Real: Poems (2004) and County of Kings (2009), zowel or welke ulcers published independently by County of Kings Publishing.
Andersen has traveled the ghosts-be and theater scene for the last decade performing and selling out venues zoals the Nuyorican Poets Cafe , Apollo Theater , Chicago Theater , and Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre . On July 2, 2005 have Performed in front of 500,000 people at Philadelphia’s Live 8 concert. Nike ook Chose im to write a piece to help them sign young basketball star LeBron James .
In film, Lemon Appeared in The Soloist (2009), directed by Joe Wright and starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jamie Foxx . He has shot four movies with Spike Lee , zoals Sucker Free City (2004), She Hate Me (2004), Inside Man (2006) (Appearing Opposite Denzel Washington and Clive Owen ), and Miracle at St. Anna (2008). [ Citation needed ] More Recently, he was featured in the Internationally acclaimed documentary film Lemon , [ citation needed ] screened in 2012-2013 at film festivals and performing arts centers across North America. [ Citation needed ] It premiered on television as the fourth episode in America’s PBS Voces series on October 19, 2012. [ citation needed ]
Lemon Andersen’s theater credits include Slanguage , directed by Jo Bonney, The Ride at PS 122 , and you at the Mark Taper Forum , as well as teaching performance art workshops at différent colleges, universities and institutions waaronder Harvard University , Princeton University , the University of Massachusetts Amherst , and Sing Sing Prison . He has Recently starred in a touring one person show Titled County of Kings: The Beautiful Struggle In this housing was developed and produktie through The American Place Theatre ‘s Literature to Life program.  Since zijn Prime Minister in 2009, performances port leg staged to rave reviews at campuses and theaters across the US and on three continents. [ Citation needed ] This coming-of-age memoir, welke mixes poetry and prose, was the grand prize winner in the 2010 New York Book Festival. [ Citation needed ]
If a Baryshnikov Arts Center resident artist from November 26-December 1, 2012, Andersen worked with director Elise thoron and sound designer Robert Kaplowitz on the score for his new play toast , which focuses on African-American poetic narratives in the setting of Attica Prison at the time of the 1971 riots . Toast was commissioned by the Sundance Institute and recently Showed as Toast (Work in Progress) , in Off-Broadway’s Under the Radar Festival at The Public Theater in Lower Manhattan , New York. 
- Jump up^ Toast Opens in Public TheatreBroadwayBlack.com Retrieved July 5, 2016
- Jump up^ IMDb PageRetrieved July 24, 2016
- Jump up^ Sontag, Deborah (September 24, 2009). “When Life Names You Lemon …” . The New York Times . Retrieved January 10, 2012 .
- Jump up^ Andersen, Lemon (November 2011). “Please do not take my Air Jordans” . TEDYouth 2011 .
- Jump up^ “Spike Lee presents Lemon Andersen’s’ County of Kings ‘ ‘ . Retrieved December 18, 2012 .
- Jump up^ “Under the Radar Festival: Toast (Work in Progress)” . The New York Times . January 18, 2013 . Retrieved January 18, 2013 .