Thursday’s episode of Growing up Hip Hop left viewers teary-eyed, as Angela Simmons had an emotional heart-to-heart with her half-sister, Darian. Of Valerie Vaughn’s daughters, Vanessa and Angela’s father is Joseph Simmons. Rev Run’s ex-wife has not been with the rapper since their divorce in 1992. If you want to know more about Joseph Simmons’ ex-wife and Valerie Vaughn’s kids, then take a look at our Valerie Vaughn wiki.

Who knew that Growing up Hip Hop would take an emotional turn Thursday night? Over the past few years, Angela’s relationship with her half-sister Darian was not improving. On the show, Angela recently broke down in front of Darian saying that she wanted things to improve between them.

Angela has been struggling to find time for her family lately, as she has been busy with her business and raising her son. Last week, Vanessa revealed that Darian wants to work things out with Angela, something that we are sure their mother would be happy about. A lot is known about Angela and Vanessa Simmons, but what about their mother, Valerie Vaughn? It is because of Vaughn’s upbringing that her daughters are so successful. Keep reading for some facts about Joseph Simmons, a.k.a. Rev Run’s, ex-wife, Valerie Vaughn.

Valerie Vaughn’s Wiki

In 1983, Vaughn got married to Joseph Simmons, famously known as Rev. Run. The couple have three children together: Angela Simmons, Vanessa Simmons, and Joseph “Jojo” Simmons Jr. However, their marriage came to an end in 1992, shortly after Simmons was accused of rape. After a show in 1989, the rapper was accused of assaulting a 22-year-old fan. The judge later dismissed the case due to lack of evidence, exonerating Simmons of all charges.


Who Is Joseph Simmons?

Simmons is a founding member of the hip hop group, Run-D.M.C. He is also a practicing minister, which is how he got the name Reverend Run. He branched into television with the reality show Run’s House. After his divorce from Valerie Vaughn, Simmons married Justine Jones in 1994. Together they have three kids: Diggy Simmons III, Russy Simmons II, and Miley Justine Simmons.

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Valerie Vaughn’s Children

Vaughn has three kids with Simmons and a daughter, Darian, from another relationship. Simmons and Vaughn’s daughters, Angela and Vanessa, are best known as reality stars, who currently appear on Growing up Hip Hop.

Vanessa Simmons

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Vanessa Simmons is Joseph Simmons and Valerie Vaughn’s oldest daughter. She was born on August 5, 1983, and is the older sister to Angela and Jojo Simmons Jr., and half-sister of Diggy Simmons III, Russy Simmons II, and Miley Justine Simmons. 

In 2015, Simmons gained popularity after she appeared with her family on MTV’s Run’s House. Besides establishing herself as a reality star, Vanessa and Angela teamed up to become designers for the shoe brand, Pastry. She also made appearances on the TV show Guiding Light as well as the film Speed Dating. In 2014, Vanessa was a judge and host of Project Runway: Threads. She is in a longterm relationship with Damon Wayans’ son, Michael, and the two welcomed a baby girl, Ava Marie Wayans, to the world in 2014.

Angela Simmons

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For a brief period of time, Angela worked as an editor for the monthly mini magazine, Angela’s Rundown. The magazine targeted teens and covered various topics like music, fashion, and style until its last issue in 2012. For a year, Angela attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, but later dropped out to carve a career for herself as a businesswoman.

She dated rapper Bow Wow and was featured in his single, Shortie Like Mine. In 2007, Angela and Vanessa launched Pastry Footwear under their family’s line, Run Athletics. Currently, Angela is on Growing up Hip Hop which she stars in and is the executive producer of. In 2016, Angela and her fiancé, Sutton Joseph Tennyson welcomed a baby boy into the world.

Joseph “Jojo” Simmons Jr.


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Jojo is the youngest child of Vaughn and Simmons. Unlike his sisters, he is not that well known in the industry. He and his longtime girlfriend, Tanice Amira, have a daughter named Mia, who was born on February 20, 2016.

Unlike her kids and ex-husband, Valerie Vaughn decided to stay away from the limelight, but has appeared in a couple episodes of Growing up Hip Hop. She supports her kids in their endeavors and is truly a proud mama and a grandma.


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