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Storm Reid & Common Help Tell An Uncommon Story In “A Happening of Monumental Proportions” (Trailer)

The plotline aside, the cast attached to the story that Storm Reid and Common are set to tell…Wow. Just saying, the Happening of having to do a school Career Day talk having just LOST the job; all by itself is good film fodder. But that is nowhere near all the hijinx driving this comedy! Then toss in actors ranging from Jennifer Garner to Rob Riggle to Keanu Reeves??

Watch the trailer. Get ready to chomp popcorn and chuckle for a while.

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“The Hate U Give” Shows How Hard It Is To Do Right When It All Goes Wrong (Trailer)

Halfway through watching this, you might have your mind made up as to whether or not Starr (with two r’s) should speak up… but keep watching. You KNOW it is not that cut-and-dry, and this trailer bears that out. Looks like a good flick to catch. In Theaters October 19, 2018.

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly Black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right. THE HATE U GIVE is based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas and stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr, with Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Common and Anthony Mackie.
– 20th Century Fox

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August Greene – “Optimistic” feat. Brandy

A better day tomorrow will bring.

Know what though? That better day can be today. Draw energy and inspiration from this jazzy “Optimistic” track by August Greene (featuring Brandy). Oh, by the way, for those not yet knowing, August Greene is actually a trio of artists – Common, Robert Glasper, and Karriem Riggins. Nice!


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Common Does A Soulful ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ At The White House (Video)

The White House is often at the center of some controversy, more so nowadays. But there was a recent time when there was less ‘crazy’ – as Keith Olbermann might say (here) – coming from the White House …or, at least, a different type of ‘crazy.’ Even then, something like this probably would not have made headline news. But it was certainly worthy of being documented. And I am glad NPR did. And after you watch, bet money that you will be, too.

We’ve never done a Tiny Desk Concert that wasn’t behind my desk at NPR. But when the White House called and said they were putting on an event called South by South Lawn, a day-long festival filled with innovators and creators from the worlds of technology and art, including music, we jumped at the chance to get involved. We chose Common as the performer and the White House library as the space.

This Tiny Desk Concert was a convergence of art and soul, mixing politics with heart. Common’s choice of songs dealt with incarceration as the new slavery, imagined a time where women rule the world and honored the man he looked up to all his life, his father. For this occasion, Common put together a special six-piece band of close friends that includes the great Robert Glasper, with his eloquent and delicate touch, on keyboards and Derrick Hodge, whose music spans from Hip-Hop to folk and has made a big imprint on the world of jazz, on bass. Common also asked his longtime friend and collaborator Bilal to sing on two songs. The performance includes three brand new songs, along with one classic, “I Used To Love H.E.R.”

Bob Boilen

Yooooo! Brother Common and his crew rocked a [Tiny Desk] Concert at The White House. DOPE!

(Oh, and the girl on the flute is Elena Pinderhughes, who played flute on Future’s “Mask Off.” Hella cute! Especially in that form-fitting dress. Yes!)


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Robert Glasper – “The Cross” feat. Lianne La Havas x Common

If Jesus died on the cross why I gotta carry it?

Wow. The mark of good instrumentation… the levels to which it pushes accompanying vocalization. Like, just LISTEN to what that music Robert Glasper put down for “The Cross” pulls out of Lianne La Havas and Common. The singing. The lyrics!

Might have to watch that “Burning Sands” this weekend just because of this.

This song was written by Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins, and Common for the film “Burning Sands” on Netflix now!


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Go In-Depth With ‘Common’ and ‘Serena Williams’ On ESPN’s “The Undefeated” (Video)

Quick! When you conjure up a visual of a dude sitting down to talk to his ex, what do you think? Cringeworthy viewing, right? Well, nah. Kind of a trick question if you aren’t told that it’s the renaissance revolutionary cool rapper Common. And his ex? Oh that’s super sexy tennis star Serena Williams. Much better imagery in your mind now, of course.

On this ESPN’s The Undefeated: In-DepthSerena and Common… speaking on fame, sports, and race and gender issues. Start above and continue after the jump.

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Common Speaks On His New Album, Being Cool With His Exes, The Presidential Election and More (Video)

Common lives at a level of cool to which we should all aspire: Supreme rhyme skills, ladies on his arm and in his past with looks that kill (in or out of heels), showing love & respect to all and getting it back… and now the coolest thing… his new album and promo push timed in such a way to help his people and country. “Black America Again” is conscious music with that good head nod appeal. His promotional interviews with have your head nodding in approval, too.

Watch him above talking about his longevity and being re-energized by what’s going on in the rap game now, being cool with his exes (which include Erykah Badu & Serena Williams…WOW), President Obama and his legacy and so much more.

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Common – “Black America Again” feat. Stevie Wonder (Video)

Common’s been pushing “Black America Again” – his timely released socially ‘woke’ LP that just came out. Common can’t do it any other way than big; evidenced by this short film… not video, but short film… for the title track; executive produced by Ava DuVernay and directed by “Selma” cinematographer Bradford Young. And yeah, you see the Stevie Wonder feature (in other words, BIG)!


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Common – “Pyramids”


ODB sample for the hook though…NICE! New Common dopeness entitled “Pyramids.” Check it out, and follow the link below to his “Black America Again” album.


Common – “Black America Again” feat. Stevie Wonder (Prod. Karriem Riggins x Robert Glasper) [Video]

Music video for “Black America Again” – the title track of Common’s album. Produced by Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper. Featuring Stevie Wonder. With Esperanza Spalding on bass. With Scratches by J Rock. With Patrick Warren on strings. With ad libs by Chuck D and MC Lyte.

With the most unpalatable dose of truths delivered in a Hip-Hop suspension. Damn. Just as the start of the video forces us to relive the killing of Alton Sterling and opens the wound, Common drops in a cauterizing truth… that we have to stop killing each other, too. THEN through more lyricism, audio samples from Black noteworthies, and that driving beat, Common continues the uncomfortable conversation and intervention.

Moving. Powerful. Like Hip-Hop is supposed to be. A Golden Era vet utilizing rap as the voice of the culture it was meant to be. Here’s the emotional lineup: You will start with your eyes on the screen, then they will water, you’ll raise a hand to wipe them away, ball it into a fist as the hand lowers, nod in agreement with the music AND message, then RAISE YOUR FIST at the end.


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Common Kills With This ‘Sway In The Morning’ Freestyle (Video)

REAL emcees keep a sharp sword; lyrical weapon ready and ready to pull it. Like Common. Have you seen the freestyle dude did on Sway In The Morning? Maaaaan! Maim-murder-death-kill with lyrics over a classic smooth boom-bap instrumental track. The flow feels so good, Com can barely contain his energy!

Common’s influence has paved the way for so many artists including Kendrick, J. Cole and Lil Bibby, so when he freestyles you can hear pieces of him they’ve incorporated into their own music.

Joining us this morning he spit a crazy freestyle around the topic of the American Black Film Festival. Common flows smooth as ever as he drops names of influential black role models as well as mentioning things black people have had to fight against.
– SwaysUniverse

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Common x Malik Yusef x Kumasi x Aaron Fresh x Choklate x Laci Kay – “Trouble In The Water” (Video)

I know I’m supposed to help. That’s what I’m made for…

Shout to all the heads reading this who remember that Hip-Hop was a STRONG platform for social commentary; and to those who remember when performers used to posse up to magnify the message they spit. This “Trouble In The Water” song and visual is that at level 10! Press play and feel it. And if you do indeed feel it, consider signing this petition from The Hip-Hop Caucus (which produced the song and video) demanding that Rick Snyder (Governor of Michigan) create a compensation fund for Flint’s water crisis victims.

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Larry Wilmore Talks With Ice Cube And Common About Their New Movie, Racism And More

A little barber shop talk about the new ‘Barber Shop’ movie, racism and so-called Black-on-Black crime, and more with Comedy Central’s Larry Wilmore for The Nightly Show.


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Ice Cube x Common – “Real People”

Do you remember when these two were beefing hardcore back about 20 years ago? Now look at these Hollywood heavyweight, Platinum-selling rap bredren. Hip-Hop = Amazing! All love and respect on this Ice Cube & Common collabo jawn, “Real People,” off the “Barbershop: The Next Cut” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack; available for pre-order at iTunes now.


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Barbershop 3: The Next Cut (Trailer)

April 2016, Ice Cube is coming back to big screens to SMASH! Another ‘Barber Shop’ movie, upon first thought, might be one too many, huh? Wait-wait. What if Cube brought back the old cast, added some new POWER hitters… AND AMPED THE EYE CANDY TO 12?

Yeah. Thought so! Give this Eye Candy… er… “Barber Shop 3: The Next Cut” a hard look. And at the same time, feel a bit of hope for change in Chi Raq. Love for Chi-Town y’all.

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Lil Bibby – “Speak To Em” feat. Common

Bonded bredren out of the Chi Raq speaking on an aspirational banging azz track entitled “Speak To Em” – off that “Free Crack 3” mixtape dropping soon.

Lil Bibby joins forces with Common on this soulful track. “Let Me Speak To Em” #FC3 is dropping on Black Friday November 27th.


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Common Speaks on Chicago, Selma, & the Influences In His Life (Video)

He squeezes a lot in 97 seconds, doesn’t he? Common has had a worthwhile career already. So much more to do, but above we get Common on the clock for 97 seconds of commentary on the importance of his hometown, working with his idols and his influences, award-winning work on “Selma” and more.

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Lip Sync Battle: LL Cool J Hosts – John Legend vs. Common (Video)

Sure, they teamed up musically on that “Selma” movie soundtrack single “Glory”… but now… it’s competition! John Legend versus Common. Yeah, LIP SYNC BATTLE! Spike TV might have something here, at least for now. With A-listers like these miming out performances that channel the likes of Lionel Richie and MC Hammer, whoever wins, everyone wins! Check ’em out above.

(Lionel doing backspins??? No way!)

And the Thursday Night Smackdown that went down between Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jimmy Fallon… Got that hilarity cued up after the jump for you!

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Classic Clips: Questlove Captures Recording Session With J Dilla, Common, & The Soulquarians (Video)

Check out this classic clip that Questlove of the legendary Roots crew unearthed recently in honor of J Dilla.  It’s behind the scenes footage of the recording process for one of Common’s most talked about albums ‘Like Water For Chocolate.’ Crafting the soundscape for the project was J Dilla, James Poyser, & the rest of the Soulquarians who were recording it at the time. Check what Questlove had to say providing some interesting background history on the video, the process, & a few other little known facts…

The Roots & Common were midway recording followup albums to their breakthrough Things Fall Apart & Like Water For Chocolate projects. two unapologetic “Neo Soul” joints. Having formed an unofficial collation sometime in 96, using the Native Tongue blueprint. The Soulquarians were born.


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Common ‘Keeps It 100’ on Black Women & Fatherhood on ‘The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore’ (Video)

Common recently appeared on the panel revolving around Black Fatherhood on ‘The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore’ that airs on Comedy Central. New York Times columnist Charles Blow, founder of the Center for URban Families Joe Jones and comedian Mike Yard also take part in this discussion that began with the simple statement that ’72 percent of black children are born to unwed mothers.’

Although they tackle serious issues in this discussion, things get hilariously uncomfortable fast as Larry poses questions about whether they’d play in the Super Bowl instead of witnessing the birth of their first child & their opinions on whether or not black women are too domineering in relationships.  Check out more video from the discussion below……

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