Damon Wayans & Rev. Run’s 4 Year Old Grandbaby Is So Adorable & Their Kids Are In Love

Posted On : September 2, 2017
(L) Rev. Run of Run DMC; (R) Damon Wayans. Sr.

A few decades ago, when two legends- comedian/actor, Damon Wayans, Sr. and rapper, Rev. Run of Run DMC- started making their mark in entertainment, they probably never would have imagined they’d become family decades later. They were in two entirely different industries and they’re two kids who have now fallen madly in love with each other, weren’t even born of at that time. Fast forward today and it’s a whole ‘notha story, now the legends share the same adorable grandbaby.

Back in 2014, Mike Wayans, son of comedian Damon Wayans, Sr.  and Vanessa Simmons, daughter of Rev. Run (whose legal name is Joseph Simmons), celebrated the arrival of their daughter, Ava Marie Jean Wayans. Now, 4 years later, Ava has gotten so big and her parents are in talks of holy matrimony.

One Big Happy Family:

Growing Up Hip Hop star, Vanessa, sat down to talk with Entertainment Tonight about her new clothing line, her beautiful little girl, and her boyfriend, Mike Wayans. In January of 2014, Simmons and her longtime boyfriend, Mike Wayans, had a star-studded baby shower to welcome the arrival of their daughter, Ava. With plenty of support from the fam,’ the Simmons and the Wayans were in the house to congratulate the two parents-to-be.

Damion Wayans, Tyrese, Marlon Wayans, Rev. Run, Vanessa, Angela, and Russell Simmons all attended Ava’s baby shower. (via Facebook)


As we all know, there are like a thousand members within the Wayans family (LOL, well, maybe not a thousand, but a whole LOT of ’em), but both Rev. Run and Damon Wayans were too excited as hell about Ava’s birth because she was officially the very first grandchild for both of the legends. Vanessa Simmons and Mike Wayans celebrated the impending arrival of their baby girl with a baby shower at the Sugar Factory in Hollywood. Ava was born less than a month later on February 13th of 2014.


Raising a 4 year-old is not easy when you have a fashion line to run. The 34-year-old fashion designer, recently launched Bad Butterfly with fellow fashion designer, Candice Cuoco. Simmons spoke with ET on life with her then 3-year-old daughter Ava, boyfriend Mike Wayans, and why they’re not quite ready to expand their family. While Simmons definitely wants more kids, she would like to be married first. Despite the fact that Simmons and Wayans had been dating a long time before Ava’s birth, Mike has still not popped the question. Apparently, the couple has discussed jumpin’ the broom, but it has not happened yet.

“Dealing with a 3 year old is very challenging, but I think eventually yes [we will have more kids] after Mike and I tie the knot, the Growing Up Hip Hop star shared with ET’s Courtney Tezeno on Tuesday.”


During the interview, Vanessa also discussed how she is love with her niece and nephew. Her sister Angela Simmons has a 1 year-old son Sutton, and her niece, Mia, who is the daughter of her younger brother, JoJo.  Because she is incredibly close to her family, Vanessa shared how she loves that all of Rev. Run’s grandchildren are around the same age.

“I love that our kids are close in age and get to grow up together, Simmons said. And we get to share those experiences together.”


Despite the fact that Angela and Vanessa are extremely close, motherhood has kept them busy. Initially, Vanessa was upset that she and Angela didn’t talk as much but she knows all too well the struggles of being a new mom with a career.

“We’re in a great space, she said of her current relationship with Angela. I think a few months ago [when we were filming the show] she was settling in to becoming a mom and trying to get back into work. I know from experience with my daughter that it can get hard, but I was just being a big sister and being like ‘hey don’t forget about me over here.’ I need my sister, so that’s what that was. I think I was being a little overly sensitive.”

The Simmons sisters were working on relaunching their Pastry in 2018, and Vanessa’s even open to the idea of a potential reboot of the family’s MTV reality show Run’s House. Until then, fans can watch the Simmons sisters when Growing Up Hip Hop airs on Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on WE tv.