Damon Wayans & Rev. Run’s 7 Year Old Grandbaby Is So Cute…And Their Kids Love Each Other

Posted On : March 23, 2021
Rev. Run; Damon Wayans

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, 7 years later, Ava has gotten so big and her parents are in talks of holy matrimony.

One Big Happy Family:

Rev. Run’s daughter, Vanessa Simmons, with longtime boyfriend, Mike Wayans – son of comic legend, Damon Wayans

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 2014, Simmons and her longtime boyfriend, Mike Wayans (35), 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.

2014: Damion Wayans, Tyrese, Marlon Wayans, Rev. Run, Vanessa, Angela, and Russell Simmons all attended Ava’s baby shower.


As we all know, there are like a thousand members Wayans family members (well…maybe not a thousand, but a whole LOT of ’em). But Rev. Run and Damon Wayans were 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 then-impending arrival of their baby girl, with a baby shower at the Sugar Factory in Hollywood, CA. Ava was born less than a month later, on February 13th, 2014.

Throwback photo: Vanessa Simmons and Mike Wayans shortly after daughter’s birth in 2014

Raising a 7 year-old is not easy when you have a fashion line to run. The 37-year-old fashion designer, 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. Despite the fact that Simmons and Wayans had been dating a long time before Ava’s birth, Mike reportedly still hasn’t popped the question:

“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.”

Ava Wayans chillin’ with mom, Vanessa Simmons

Their Daughter Is Following Mom’s Modeling Footsteps

Mike Wayans’ and Vanessa’s little cutie pie, Ava, is out her getting her modeling on early.Just like her modeling moms, Ava can strike a pose for the camera like no other. Peep her modeling pic below, rockin’ her mother, Vanessa’s, and aunt Angela’s Pastry Shoe Line…


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Beautiful fam’ indeed…Damon Wayans and Rev. Run must be so proud.