Rev Run And Justine Simmons Are Bringing The Positivity Back To Tweeting With #InspiredMobility
Am I the only one who misses the calm that came with Words of Wisdom by Rev Run? It’s been over ten years since we’ve been able to peep the pastor in a bubble bath for a moment of zen on the show Run’s House, the MTV favorite which showed the up’s and down’s of the Simmons family. But that hasn’t slowed up Mr. and Mrs. Simmons from sharing their secrets on love and happiness with the world whether it was through the short-lived, It’s Not You It’s Men, that Rev Run hosted with singer Tyrese in an attempt to decode men’s confusing behavior for women everywhere or through Justine whipping up everything from tacos to oven-roasted turkey on Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers. If anything, the family has solidified themselves as experts in bringing the positivity to reality TV. The couple recently sat down with Ebony magazine to discuss their new project with AT&T and their latest venture into scripted television.
Rev Run said teaming up with AT&T for the #InspiredMobility campaign was a natural choice for him since he often uses Twitter and Instagram to promote positivity:
“For me, it was very simple. I’ve been on social media for a very long time, and when #InspiredMobility came along, and I connected with AT&T, it was great. It was like a match made in heaven. They’re talking about inspiring people through social media, and I’ve been doing it with Twitter and all of the stuff that I do.”
For Mrs. Simmons, in a Love and Hip Hop and Teen Mom 2 kind of world, it’s important for her to make sure women especially are receiving positive messages:
“For women especially, whether they are single or married women, I try to inspire them to be stronger.”
The campaign hopes to start a conversation about how people are using mobile technology to connect with their faith or inspiration by asking users to share thoughts, videos or photos with #InspiredMobility. AT&T hopes to be able to serve consumers by seeing how their technology plays a part in people’s personalities and lives.
And Rev Run is clear that although he’s old school, he’s mastered social media and found different ways to spread his message of love:
“With Instagram, I’m able to put up memes —not just put up words. You can add pictures and videos to different posts. With Snapchat, I can actually just go on and start talking straight to the camera. They’ve also added more time to video on Instagram. It used to only be a couple of seconds; now it’s a minute. I can really get my word out.”
Now we all know between politics and pop culture alike it can be all too easy to get overwhelmed by negativity, but Rev Run has some advice on what to do when it feels like all hope is lost:
“With AT&T we have the hashtag, #BeTheGlow. In a world that’s so negative, you just have to be positive.”
“This morning, I wrote, ‘May you be so blessed today because you decided to ignore negativity. May you be peaceful because you looked on every bright side. Remember this today: Stay in the light. Avoid dark thoughts, and be with happiness.’”
The Simmons also dropped some deets on their upcoming scripted comedy show. Justine Simmons says it will center on family but this time they’ll have to prepare for filming a tad bit more than in the past:
“It will be positive and family-oriented. This time it’s more acting. It will be an actual scripted series. Before, we came in the room and did whatever came to our mind that was going on at the time. It’s going to be different. We have to study lines.”
We’re looking forward to seeing the Simmons family share the love again, and if Diggy is making an appearance, I’m definitely down.