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Common Talks Drake And Serena: If She’s Happy, I’m Happy

August 28th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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While we can’t confirm whether or not Drake and Serena Williams are a couple, there’s no denying that the two are rekindling some form of a romantic relationship. But of course, the petty coral wouldn’t allow this courtship to fully blossom until they checked in with Williams’ ex-boyfriend, Common, who admitted to engaging in lyrical warfare with Drake in the past over whispers that the rapper had made a move on the tennis star.

Although in previous interviews he still seemed to be pining over the curvaceous beauty, Common seemed quite satisfied by the idea that his ex may have found happiness with someone else.

“Serena is a friend of mine,” the rapper told TMZ. “As long as she’s happy, I’m good.”

Although whispers about the former couple possibly revisiting their relationship after she was photographed posing with Common’s Oscar Award earlier this year, he made it clear that their romance has been dead in the water for a minute.

“You know, that’s my friend. We dated. That’s been done a long time ago, so now, it’s like we’re friends.”

He continued:

“She’s doing super good in tennis. She’s incredible, so as long as she’s happy, I’m good.”

Common and Serena broke up years ago, and it’s likely that he’s completely over the situation, but in the event that he’s just putting on a good face and is really broken up inside, he’s more than welcome to make his way to Madame Noire’s office. I know of a shoulder that he could lean on.

Meet The Men Of “The Wiz Live!”

August 13th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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With each passing week, I get more and more excited about NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” The cast, from Uzo Aduba to David Alan Grier to Queen Latifah, is looking like it’s going to be top notch.

And now we’re getting word on the fellas.

Common, Ne-Yo and Elijah Kelley are joining the party as well.

Common will take the role of the gate keep of Oz, Ne-Yo will play the Tin Man and Elijah will be playing the Scarerow.

Can you see it? Are you here for these choices?

Common’s New Series Headed To Showtime

August 11th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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So Bae has a new television series slated to air on Showtime!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the premium cable network ordered a pilot for the coming-of-age series, which will be penned and executive produced by Lonnie “Common” Lynn Jr. and Dear White People producer Lena Waithe.

The drama will shadow the life of a young African-American male who lives in a community where “just  growing up can be a matter of life and death.” Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan will also be joining Waithe and Lynn as an executive producer. Clark Johnson will be directing the pilot.

“The two creative forces behind the show, both hailing from Chicago’s South Side, give this pilot an unparalleled authenticity,” Showtime president David Nevins said. “Lena Waithe is an extremely fresh, talented young writer with a unique voice and a deeply thoughtful perspective into the world where she grew up. I immediately gravitated to her script, which is emotional, funny, tragic and relevant, all at once. And, we are so fortunate to have artist and visionary Common for his first producing project in scripted television.”

The untitled series will be Showtime’s second pilot and first hourlong.

We’re totally here for this!

Laugh Out Loud: Watch Common And John Legend’s Lip Sync Battle

April 7th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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John Legend pulls out all the stops and embodies MC Hammer but is it enough to take down Common and his Lionel Richie? Find out in the battle of Up All Night vs U Can’t Touch This on Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle.

The show is hosted by two-time Grammy award winner LL Cool J and commentated by Chrissy Teigen.

Lip Sync Battle premiered Thursday, April 2 on Spike TV.


You Jealous? Common Swaps Spit With Fan During Detroit Performance

April 6th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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It’s always nice when artists incorporate fans into their musical performances, but some celebrities take things a step further. While performing in Detroit at the Tanqueray Trunk Show at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the always smooth Common invited a lucky lady by the name of Erica on stage. He serenaded her with his 2002 hit “Come Close” as she soaked up every single minute of it.

All seemed normal, but things took a rather interesting turn when the 43-year-old planted a kiss on the fan’s cheek. Within seconds, the two are tonguing each other down in front of a screaming audience.

Of course, Erica’s day was made and countless Common fans left that night wishing that they were in her position. Some, who weren’t even there, playfully scolded him on Twitter afterwards. Common hilariously played along.

Lol! Peep footage from the performance below.

Erica was a lucky girl tonight!!! Lol @common 😱 #Common #mocad #tanqueraytrunkshow #trunkshow #Detroit 💋💋😜

A video posted by Bryanna Black💋 (@beautifulbee777) on

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Kean University Cancels Common’s Commencement Speech Over “A Song For Assata”

April 3rd, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Kean University has rescinded their invitation for Common to speak at their 2015 commencement ceremony after New Jersey State Police expressed concerns, reports. The University retracted their announcement that Common would be speaking at the graduation ceremony just hours after making it.

“The students expressed interest in Common because he composed the Oscar-winning song ‘Glory’ with our prior commencement speaker John Legend,” spokeswoman Susan Kayne said. “While we respect his talent, Kean is pursuing other speaker options.”

Apparently, New Jersey police felt that Common was not a good candidate due to his 2000 track “A Song for Assata” dedicated to Black Panther Assata Shakur, who was accused of shooting  Jersey cop Werner Foerster in the 1970s. Assata has been residing in Cuba for decades as a fugitive, but NJ cops are still holding a grudge.

Chris Burgos, president of the State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey, spoke out shortly after the school’s initial announcement, calling their decision to invite Common “a slap in the face.”

“What is troubling here is that a state university that is subsidized with state taxpayer funds, is once again being questioned on their decision-making at the highest levels,” Burgos said in a statement.

Common has not commented on the situation.

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Secrets & Drama: 15 Rappers With Autobiographies

April 3rd, 2015 - By Rich
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These rappers with autobiographies spare us no juicy detail (well some do) but we are constantly amazed at what they went through and how they transformed their lives and rose to stardom and a place of peace within themselves.

Sources: XXL Mag, Akkorra, Complex

All images courtesy of book publication and WENN

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New Black: 15 Black Celebrities Selling Out

March 30th, 2015 - By Rich
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We don’t know about you, but we think this crop of “new black”, black celebrities has gotten out of control. We’re taking a look at some of the celebs that have had the most controversial statements yet.

Check it!

Sources: Atlanta Black Star, Bossip

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New Black: 15 Black Celebrities Selling Out

Drake vs. Everybody: 15 Stars Who’ve Got Drake Beef

March 25th, 2015 - By Rich
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Drake certainly appears to keep things hot in the Hip-Hop community. The talented rapper literally has had (or is having) beef with everyone from label mates Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and Tyga to hip-hop icons Diddy and Jay Z.

What can we say? The boy has heart.

Sources: Wikipedia, FashionStyle, MTV RapFix

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 15 Stars Who’ve Got Drake Beef

Common And The Current Political Ambiguity Of Conscious Rap

March 18th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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Common And The Current Political Ambiguity Of Conscious Rap

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First, who’s your favorite conscious rapper?

And secondly, what is a conscious rapper?

I asked this question about a month ago on my Facebook page and the consensus among most who responded was that a “conscious rapper” was an emcee who wasn’t afraid to make a much needed political and social critique in their music. While everyone who responded had their own ideas of which emcee out today best fit that label, they all pretty much agreed that the label gets thrown around way too much.

As wiki defines it, conscious rap, has its roots in the jazz poetry movement of the ’60’s and ’70’s, which included the likes of The Last Poets and Gil Scott-Heron. However in this essay, An Historical Definition Of The Term Rap, Hip Hop historian Davey D reminds us that rap itself is shaped out of a long tradition of signifying, which was loud, brash, boastful and at times political. Probably the genre’s most notable influencer is former SNCC and Black Panther organizer H. Rap Brown, whose legendary signifying found its way in the Sugar Hill’s Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight.”

At any rate, as Hip Hop progressed, the conscious definitely have evolved over the years from its peak in the ’80’s when mainstream rappers like Public Enemy, Poor Righteous Teachers, KRS-One weren’t afraid to directly and aggressively pump a Black fist, yell at the cops, tell us to fight the power and more importantly, make all kinds of political statements. However what often constitutes conscious rapping today is a little more ambiguous.

And I think no one more illustrates that ambiguity than Common.

It should be noted that upon his arrival on scene, he didn’t look or sound anything like he does now. There was no talk of Black Panthers or worshiping the Black Queen. There were no crochet hat and pant sets. Instead, on his first album Can I Borrow A Dollar? Common Sense was your typical backpacker in baggy jeans and oversized sweaters, using clever word play and rapping about tricking “Heidi Hoe” over jazz beats.

Common kept up the same jazzy motif and slick word play on his second LP Resurrection which dropped in 1994. And although not as blunt as his first album, Common still loved talking about the ladies, reminding us all on the title track, “I’m a hoe, not a hoe-nigga.” But admittedly his rapping got a little more deep and self-reflective.

In particular, he took his “admiration” for the ladies and turned it into a metaphor about the decline of true Hip Hop in I Used to Love H.E.R. The track was a weird bit of respectability politics, which equated the purity of Hip Hop to a woman’s lost innocence and virginity.

Naturally, some folks, including fellow emcee Ice Cube, would take issue with Common’s assertion that “gangster” rap, which was the mainstream at the time, was ruining this figurative woman. Yet the song’s insightful critique would resonate with and draw strong praise from many Hip Hop fans who had grown disenchanted by the ever-increasing commercialization of the genre. The track would not only become a quintessential reference in Hip Hop’s history, but it was the moment, which helped to solidify Common’s place as a conscious rapper.