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The parallels between the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and the war on Black men today couldn’t be any clearer as millions continue to take to the streets and demand justice in the recent killings of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and, sadly, many more. As we talked to rapper Common who not only plays outspoken leader James Bevel in the upcoming historical drama “Selma,” but has also been vocal himself about the injustices African Americans are facing right from the battleground in Ferguson, the Chi-town native revealed a special message he hopes readers will understand when they watch this film, making a point to say you don’t have to be perfect to join the fight; you just have to stand up for what’s right. Watch the video and see what he had to say about being a apart of such a historic moment in time on-screen and off.
Grammy-nominated soul vocalist Maimouna Youssef, better known as Mumu Fresh, has been in the studio preparing new music for fans. Her latest hit, “Tell My Story,” reflects on her childhood journey being raised as a Black nationalist and her self-esteem struggles due to her bi-racial identity. In the song, Mumu also distinguishes herself as an emcee who drops bars on relatable issues young women face in adulthood.
Besides grinding in the studio, Mumu has held music workshops in local communities while she prepares for her world tour with rapper Common. When she returns from her tour, Mumu has a laundry list of goals she’s set out to achieve, including completing her sophomore album, filming three music videos, and organizing her first independent world tour. Currently, collaborators on Mumu’s second album will be Femi Kuti, son of Fela Kuti, and Chucky Thompson who produced hits for Ma$e and the late Notorious B.I.G.
To help support Mumu and her ventures, check out her KickStarter page. Those who help fund her will receive incentives such as exclusive content, backstage passes, a signed advanced copy of her new album and much more.
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Below is Mumu’s music video for the song, “Tell My Story.” Also, her KickStarter’s visual accompaniment.
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Last week, Common’s father, Lonnie Rashid Lynn Sr., passed away at age 71. The former ABA player’s passing was revealed by Common during an interview with the Associated Press this week.
“He was truly a natural poet and master of words. His personality and soul shined through his work,” the Chicago rapper shared. “The way he said things made me look at life and the world in a new way, in a different way. They always sparked a thought in my head. His words would always make me strive to achieve higher, to write better, to be more truthful with my words.”
Affectionately referred to as Pops, Lonnie Sr. made appearances on several of Common’s albums. His last poem was recorded on Common’s 2011 album, The Dreamer/The Believer, on a track titled “Pops Belief.”
“Live the life you believe. The American dream, the Black American dream, the universal dream. For the sake of the unwritten laws of humanity, I believe in God. I believe in my ancestors, I believe in my offsprings … I believe in the truth, truth. See you next lifetime,” he ended the poem.
The circumstances surrounding Lonnie Sr.’s death were not disclosed. The loss of a parent has to be rough. We send our prayers to Common and his family.
Bey, Nicki’s Butt, Ariana Grande & Big Sean’s Love Connection: The Most Talked About Moments From The 2014 MTV VMAs
The 2014 VMAs came on and had people talking in no time flat on Twitter–and for good reason! There were wardrobe malfunctions, love connections, and of course, Queen Bey was scheduled to put on a historic performance. All in all…we were a little underwhelmed by the end of the night, but here are 10 things about the big show that did have us talking. What about you?
Questionable Wardrobe Choices
From Nicki’s booty popping in a tiny two-piece to the rapper wearing a dress that wouldn’t zip while performing “Bang Bang,” a lot of skin was exposed during the show. And did anybody else peep Amber Rose’s revealing gown!? Her husband, Wiz Khalifa, rocked a shirt that brought awareness to teen suicide, but Rose’s ensemble distracted from that big time…
Earlier we told you that Attorney General Eric Holder was traveling to Ferguson, Missouri to meet with law enforcement to discuss how they can improve the ways in which things have been run down there. It seems to be helping a bit. Today, the governor ordered that National Guard withdraw from the protests. What we didn’t know was that Holder was also planning on meeting with the parents of the slain teenager, Michael Brown.
In a recent interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Brown’s parents spoke about their meeting with Holder and whether or not it restored any of their faith in the justice system.
Here’s what Michael’s mother Lesley McSpadden had to say:
You can read a person. And when you’re looking at them and they’re looking at you in your eyes, it put some trust back there, that you lost. And he did ensure that it’ll be a fair and thorough investigation.
Anderson Cooper: Do you have confidence in the investigations- the county, state and federal investigations?
Up until yesterday, I didn’t. But just hearing the words come directly from his mouth, face to face, he made me feel like one day I will. And I’m not saying today or yesterday but one day, they’ll regain my trust.
You can watch the clip of their interview below.
And in other Ferguson news, Iyanla Vanzant has traveled to the suburb of St. Louis to not only is she there filming a special episode of “Iyanla Fix My Life” but to speak to some of the protesters and community members and pray for peace and healing for Ferguson and for our very troubled nation. Today, at 3 pm she started her 14 day peace challenge while the legal process unfolds. And Iyanla not only issued the challenge, she also asked some prominent members of the Hip Hop community to join her. She said the young people feel like the elders in the community aren’t hearing them or taking part so she asked that people who young people listen to and respect should show go to Ferguson and participate in the challenge. In a video posted on her Facebook page yesterday, Vanzant challenged rappers Jay Z, LeBron James, common, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Drake and Lil Wayne. Take a look at it below.
Torrei Hart isn’t the only person who can’t seem to get over their ex. In his recent interview with Uptown Magazine, rapper turned actor Common spoke about everything from violence in Chicago, the death of his dear friend J. Dilla and his relationship with Serena Williams.
Sitting, with the beautiful Selita Ebanks seductively and suggestively stroking his face, inside the issue Common explained what the reality of Rashid is really like. Check out some of the highlights below.
On almost marrying Serena Williams:
Common is single now, and enjoying his unattached life, but says he believes in marriage. He thought it would happen with Williams, but he is taking his time now before he jumps into something else. “If I’m in it as much as I was with Serena, as much as I loved her…it takes time to heal and find that peace to be able to move on.”
On being labeled as “soft”:
“I’m hardcore which to me is coming from the heart. Putting your heart on that paper and being true.”
Speaking for the first time on the death of close friend and industry peer J. Dilla:
“He was physically deteriorating. It would be sad for me to see. You know you coming home healthy. You feel guilty. It brought my own immortality to the forefront […] Until I did [“Rewind That”], I wouldn’t answer questions in interviews about him. I wouldn’t keep pictures around. That song has been part of my process in dealing with it still.”
On his tenth album Nobody’s Smiling and the youth of Chicago:
“One way of giving back is by having young Chicago artists on the album. This album is an action to increase awareness to people in the city. I owe it to Chicago […] The most beautiful thing about this project is it’s not ahead of its time, it’s not a throwback album. It feels like today. I feel like a new artist. There are people out there that don’t know my music, but they know me from acting. Some don’t know me at all.”
I find it so interesting that Common always finds a way to bring Serena’s name up–or agrees to talk about her so often in his interviews. I didn’t think too much of it until I heard that Serena straight up called Common one day and asked why he was always talking about her when they were no longer together? You’d think that maybe he’d pull up. But naw, she confronted him in 2010 and it’s 2014 and you just read her name. Perhaps Common is lamenting the love he lost. Who knows. But do you think he should chill a bit?
Now that Common has lifted his personal ban on dating industry women, has he found love in the arms of actress Regina King? For quite some time now, there have been rumors that the Chicago rapper has been dating the former “Southland” actress. During an interview with The Rickey Smiley Show, Common addressed those rumors.
“Nah, I mean I love Regina King as an actress and I think she’s a beautiful woman,” he explained. “I haven’t even talked to Regina King in a little while. I seen her somewhere, but um nah, that’s not true.”
He also expressed that out of all of his famous exes, if he had to, he would be most willing to do a relationship do-over with Serena Williams.
“Um, probably Serena. Yes, point blank she’s just a good person and when we broke up, it was one of these things where we just weren’t ready at that time. I probably would be at a new place, she would be at a new place and it might work out.”
However, he doesn’t seem like he’s trying to go there.
“The only love there is tennis,” he said in response to a question about whether or not he still loves the tennis star. “You know what I’m talking about? [Laughs]. Nah, I do got love for Serena, I ain’t gonna lie. I got love for her, that’s my buddy.”
Listen to his interview below. Do you think Common and Regina would’ve been a good match?
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Over the past few weeks, Common has spoken quite openly about his relationships with both Serena Williams and Erkyah Badu. During a recent chat with The Breakfast Club, he went on to further expound on his relationships with these celebrity women, as well as his past relationship with actress Taraji P. Henson.
While the actor and rapper says that he was definitely serious about both Erkyah and Serena, it doesn’t really seem that a reunion between either couple is likely.
“It’s like once I’ve experienced that person its like man, sometimes life goes on,” he explained. “I can’t say I never would go back but Serena and Erkyah was the most serious relationships that I had as an adult and after, it’s one of those things, it’s like, ‘I have to move forward.’ It was real love right there. Both of those women I could’ve married. I was like if I’m not supposed to be there, we’re just supposed to be friends.”
Speaking of marriage, Common doesn’t seem too sure that he’ll be making the big leap in the future—or ever.
“I don’t know. I was thinking about that last night while talking to one of my lady friends. I don’t know if I’m marriage material, maybe someday” he expressed.
“I be focused on my music and my work a lot. Sometimes that’s hard to balance with a relationship. I do like relationships, but a lot of times when I’m in relationships, I don’t make my best albums. Put it this way, I would have to find the right relationship. You know, a woman who understands the time that you gotta give. to your work. That’s really what it is.”
He also further explained his previous comment that Erkyah has that “good good.”
“The hood knows what it is. Erkyah got something with her, she got something special. Erykah a raw girl, she got a lot to her. She’s from the hood, point blank. She’s just one of those people from the hood that’s artsy, artistic, spiritual, she’s got a lot to her.”
As for the public believing that Serena broke his heart, Common had this to say:
“Me and Serena was together. We broke up. I don’t know specifically her and Drake, it felt like obviously something was going on [after we broke up], I ain’t dwell on it too much. I ain’t have no problem with that, you do what you do. After a while I felt like in some of Drake’s songs he was saying stuff that was subliminal to me. And I was like, you just don’t know nowadays cats be doing them sneak disses and after a while it was like I’m just going to come out and say what I need to say. It was a show I was at and I left and Drake said something out to the crowd, some tough stuff. So then I was like, ‘aight, it was that time’ because I knew he was directing it to me. We kept it on record and after that it was squashed.”
The Chicago rapper-turned-actor also confessed to confronting Serena about her relationship with Drake.
“I definitely talked to her about it. At the end of the day, once she aint ya lady, what can I say? It don’t have nothing to do with me at that point.”
He also seemed to confirm rumors that he once had a thing with Kerry Washington by releasing a bashful giggle.
“Easy, easy. Ain’t no scandal here. She’s married now.”
Out of all of his celebrity exes, Common says his mama loved Taraji the most.
“My mother loved Taraji and funny enough she got cool with Serena even more after we broke up.”
Watch Common’s full interview on the next page. Thoughts?
“The ‘Badu Box’ Is Real”: Common Speaks On Erykah Badu’s Voodoo, And How Their Relationship Changed Him
In an interview with The Combat Jack Show, Common spoke about his new album, Nobody’s Smiling, and the topic of his past relationships came up. Of course, he was once involved with Erykah Badu (they were together from 2000 and 2002) and during the time he was with her, it seemed that the rapper’s whole style changed. A similar change occurred when Badu was involved with Andre 3000 back in the day (but he never looked back), and because of this, many have joked about the effect she has on rappers–a “voodoo” of sorts. There has been a song about it (“She Got That Erykah Badu“) and everything. But Common is the first man she’s been with to really talk about such jokes and claims. Badu was his first love, and while he joked about the power of the “Badu box,” he admits that she was a big inspiration to him.
When speaking on the effect she has on men, Common says she’s just that special.
“Yeah, the ‘Badu Box’ is real. Man, it could take you to another universe [laughs]. Nah but seriously. That’s when you meet somebody that’s real special and you’re like, ‘Man, this woman’s got…she got something else, man. It ain’t just sex, it ain’t just the looks. It’s just something that’s kind of like spirit-wise where you’re like, ‘This woman got something else.’ And that’s all it is. but for me, I just appreciated her for all those aspects: Her being super-talented, of being real fresh, and being into new s**t I just wasn’t up on. And then at the same token that whole spiritual things is real. We’re both Pisces.”
And he also explained why he was walking around in kufis and crochet ensembles for a time while they dated.
“She definitely was not like, ‘wear this.’ It was something that was coming from me. Moving to New York I had the aspirations to do something new, to change, to grow, just try new things. She definitely was an influence I can’t act like she wasn’t an influence because she introduced me to certain people that were creative artists, but as far as my choice – it was my choice to say, ‘I want to do this. I want to do that.’ She wasn’t agreeing with some of my fashion choices either to be honest. But that period in my life, I had a great time. Erykah, I be listening to some of her songs, and I’m like, ‘This girl is dope.’”
Badu has spoken in the past about the jokes about her mystical powers on men, According to Global Grind, she had this to say a while back:
“I learned just as much from them as they learned from me. I’m a cold motherf***a though. But the people I’m with are cold too, they’re a reflection of that. Become a cold motherf***a and the motherf***a will just come like magnets.”
You might want to write that last part down so you too can become a “cold motherf***a.” But in all seriousness, what do you think of what Common had to say?
Check out the full interview, which is more than an hour long, here. The question about Badu occurs at the 1:25:30 mark.