YOUR VOICE, YOUR STORY: Lemon Andersen

About This Episode


Andrew "Lemon" Anderson is an acclaimed American poet, spoken word artist, and actor. Raised in Brooklyn, Anderson watched his stepfather, his father, and his mother die successively from heroin abuse and AIDS complications leaving him and his brother to grow up alone and impoverished. Soon, he found himself on the streets of New York and the wrong side of the law. But his passion for Hip Hop, acting, and poetry led him to some gifted mentors inside the emerging Hip Hop scene in New York City. His friends recognized his talent and encouraged him to develop as an artist and a performer.

Lemon rose to critical acclaim for his stints on HBO's Def Poetry as well as the Tony Award winning Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. His powerful writing and performances speak on his troubled family life and personal experiences growing up in poverty. He has starred in several film roles and developed his biography into a PBS documentary Lemon and one man show County of Kings directed by Spike Lee. The play is based on his memoir of the same name released in 2009 to widespread popularity and critical acclaim.