Jimi was born in Buffalo, New York. His father, Jimmy Lyons Sr., was Buffalo's first full-time African American disc-jockey.
While attending Temple University in Philadelphia he produced, wrote, and acted in the award wining radio series "Take It To The Bridge". He was also a columnist for the Temple News and hosted a weekly jazz program on WRTI FM.
Jimi next worked for WPVI TV (ABC) in Philadelphia where he co-created, produced and directed the award winning weekly documentary series "Visions." Guests on "Visions" included: Quincy Jones, Jack Lemmon, Anthony Quinn,
Phil Donahue, Cicely Tyson, James Ear Jones, Willie Mays, Senator Ted Kennedy, Dick Cavett, Angela Davis, and Count Basie.
While at WPVI hespent 5 years traveling with the National Football League producing the series "What Price Glory?" the story of All-Pro wide receiver Wally Henry. He filmed the Pro-Bowl in Hawaii and the Super Bowl in New Orleans.
Jimi left WPVI to become and independent producer/director. His work has appeared on CNN, The Discovery Channel, Comcast SportsNet, PBS, The Food Channel, KYW TV, WKBW TV, PAX TV and the Weather Channel.
As an indepenedent producer Jimi co-hosted and co-produced the series "Buffalo Beat" at WKBW TV in Buffalo, NY.
Multi-talented, he also performed in the hit play "Opportunity Please Knock" with the Ujima Theater Company in Buffalo.
In a career spanning 45 years Jimi has worked on productions featuring President Bill Clinton, Paul Newman, Dizzy Gillespie, Jane Seymore, Buddy Hackett, Willie Mays, Ossie Davies, Coach John Thompson, Dr. Alvin Poussaint, Oprah Winfrey, Oscar Brown Jr. and Muhammad Ali.
Jimi currently has 3 new projects in production. One is "Buffalo Wings" and is the story of how his father inspired him as an artist and a man. The second is "Hello World" which is a web series that will encourage young people to be informed global citizens. The third is "Joke City", an animated series where everyone in the town speaks in one-liners and jokes.
Among the awards Jimi has received are the Cable Ace Award, the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Award, the Prism Award, and the Communicators Award of Distinction.
Performing on the radio series Take It To The Bridge in college.
Working with the great comedian Buddy Hackett
Filming Tom Landry at the NFC Champiionship Game.
Co-producing and co-hosting the talk show Buffalo Beat.
Performing in the hit play Opportunity Please Knock.
On location with Perdue Chicken's Jim Perdue.
With James Earl Jones promoting the Bingo Long All-Stars
On location with legendary talk show host Dick Cavett.
Working with Oscar winning actor Jack Lemmon in New York City
Preparing for an interview with Drl. Alvin Poussaint in Buffalo
Working with Olympic Gold Medal winner Janet Evans.
Doing a Boys & Girls Club video with Hall of Famer John Thompson