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What Common Had To Say About Getting Back Together With Serena Williams

July 22nd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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

July 10th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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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.

10 Gems Of Wisdom From Dr. Maya Angelou

May 28th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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It’d be virtually impossible to measure the scope and depth of influence her work has left on the people she’s touched, but as we mourn the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou today we also want to celebrate her legacy. Here are  just some of gems she’s dropped on us over the past 86 years.

More Than Good Music: Common And Kanye To Bring Jobs To Chicago

April 16th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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We already know Chicago has been is still going through some things when it comes to youth violence and unemployment in the city. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that there’s a connection between the two. In January, a report detailed the depressing landscape for young, black males in the work force with 92 percent joblessness.

To remedy the problem the Urban League partnered with rapper and Chicago native Common and songwriter Che “Rhymefest” Smith to create 1,000 year-round jobs for teens.

Spawned by the feedback from teens at the end of the summer job programs, the partnership will include a music festival fundraiser this summer.

Andrea Zopp, president and CEO of the Urban League said, “Every year, we hold a hearing where young people in the summer jobs programs come and talk about the impact the jobs had on their lives.”

But this year the teens brought up an entirely different issue.

They told Zopp, “Their need for a job doesn’t end in September. They have needs to support their families, take care of themselves. They want to work year-round. So in our community, we have to focus on that topic.”

Rev. Michael Pfleger, who attended the announcement says jobs are the solution to decreased crime in the city. “Ninety-five percent of the brothers I deal with every day on the streets wants the same thing every kid on the North Side and on the North Shore wants. Until we offer them options, the violence is our fault, because we’ve failed them.”

The program will launch 1,000 jobs initially with a goal to have 15,000 jobs within the next five years.

The music festival will raise funds for youth programs supported by Common’s Common Ground Foundation, and rapper Kanye West’s charity Donda’s House run by Rhymefest and his wife.

Here’s what Common had to say about it.

“Any time I hear of innocent people getting shot and killed and young people with guns, it hurts. I felt I have to do more than just write songs about Chicago. Obviously, one of the biggest reasons our kids are going through what they’re going through is because of poverty. I was doing an event in the neighborhood and there were some kids from Englewood and I said, ‘Man, what do y’all really need? What’s gonna stop this? And they were like, ‘We need money. Man, if we could work.’ They want a chance.”

True. Kudos to Common, Kanye and Rhymefest.

The inaugural fundraiser will be held September 20-21.


Celebs Who Put Their Lovers In Their Music Videos (Sometimes More Than Once)

January 21st, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Being in love is always a great feeling and it’s even greater to share it with the world, like these artists who weren’t shy about having their boos star in a music video with them for all to see.

Celebs Who Put Their Lovers In Their Music Videos

Usher and Chilli

In 2001, Chilli made a lot of women jealous after she started dating Usher. Although their relationship only lasted for two years, that was enough time for Chilli to appear in two of Usher’s videos: “U Got It Bad” and “U Don’t Have To Call.” After their relationship came to an end, many speculated the songs off of Usher’s Confessions album (which hinted of an affair and a love child) were about their relationship, but the TLC member revealed that Jermaine Dupri’s love life was really the inspiration behind it all.

Pass Or Play? Common Addresses Chicago Gun Violence In New Song “War”

January 8th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Even though he’s got his SAG card, you can never count Common out of the Hip Hop game, specifically when it’s time to speak on something important.

Recently, Common announced the approach of his new album Nobody Smiling. And from that we’ve got the single “War.” The song, with lyrics set over an almost epic sounding military marching beat, Common describes the harrowing scene of not just the violence but how it specifically affects the lives of those directly involved.

In one verse he speaks about the death of a young man.

Mama kissed him, body was colder

She was shaking, I tried to hold her 

Tears on my shoulder

He was supposed to be going to his junior year, 

This is his funeral year

Pall bearers all looking like kids

Some faces show anger, some show tears

No mustaches no beards probably had the same aspirations as his. 

And then he addresses the seemingly heartless perpetrators of that violence in the chorus.

“To all the killas and the hundred dolla bills. Real hittas who ain’t got no feelings.” 

He even speaks about the government and media’s role in the violence and how some entities are using the very real violence and subsequent deaths to promote their own self serving agendas.

“I’m living in this sh*t while the world exploit it.”

And then he goes on to speak on how the completely innocent are plagued by the turmoil as well.

Politicians ain’t did enough

Want to get rid of us

Hopped in the back as soon as shots hit the truck

Looked at my son, I could see his soul

Shot and killed at 3 years old. 

At the end of the track we hear Common talking about the reason he decided to name his project “Nobody Smiling,” the violence that extends beyond just Chicago and what he hopes people take from this record.

Take a listen to the song below and let us know what you think about it. Pass or play?

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Just Wright”

November 11th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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On the realest tip, putting this slideshow together has made me want to go home and watch Just Wright from start to finish. It’s just so precious! The good girl wins out and gets the guy– and not the nerdy guy who loved her from afar while she was attracted to the captain of the basketball team, she gets the captain of the basketball team. It’s a romantic comedy made in heaven. You know the story, you love this actors in this flick and it might even be in your DVD collection but we bet you don’t know these behind the scenes secrets.

It’s All About The Facial Hair: Celebrity Men Who Look Better With Beards

October 16th, 2013 - By Meghan Reid
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If they left it up to us we would never let these guys shave. Some men just look better with hair on their face and we love when they do. A bare face just doesn’t have the same rugged sex appeal that only beards can give. Here are 15 celebrity men we prefer to see with beards.
Celebrity Men Who Look Better With Beards

Taye Diggs

Taye Diggs looks older and more mature with facial hair. When he shaves it all off he looks like a little boy waiting for puberty to start.

Erykah, Rihanna and The Assumed Power of Crazy

July 24th, 2013 - By Jade Earle
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A friend and I were talking a few days ago about the BET awards. I know, a day late and a dollar short, but we had nothing else to really talk about after talking about our day. Of course, as Erykah Badu fans, we mentioned the performance and how excited we were seeing one of the Queens perform.

Erykah killed it, no, slayed it, with her infectious voice and hypnotic cool. She also never fails to bring her confidence and her bodacious, ahem, assets. But, Erykah has always been like this — the spiritually grounded Earth Mother who cared less about what anyone thought of her, which only made her even more attractive. It’s this vibe that many said turned some men into putty. From Common to Andre 3000, Erykah has history with a few men who “changed” because of her. Common went from newsboy hats to Dashikis. Andre started wearing loincloths. Not to mention, Erykah also has three children – one from Andre — each from a different father.

As a result, Queen Erykah was deemed crazy and then the jokes started coming. First, many of them were harmless — “If you get with Erykah, you may start wearing African cloths,” one of my friends used to say. And, then, similar to the comments I saw on Twitter during the BET Awards, they got a little more problematic — “As long as he doesn’t look at her in the eye, young Kendrick should be fine.”

As funny as it sounds, the comments are pretty alarming.

But, Erykah isn’t the only one who’s been deemed “dangerous” to the male species. Rihanna was said to have made Matt Kemp lose focus during his last few baseball games of the season and made Chris Brown lose his mind… (I’m not even going there). Rumor has it Kim Kardashian is the reason for Kanye’s dramatic musical “transformation” and why he’s sold out to the same commercialism he criticizes so strongly in his music.

What makes comments like these so problematic is not only the blame on a woman for another person’s behavior, but also the “weakness” of a man. It says that if a woman, in particular may be from another country, practice a different religion, or is even aware of her sexuality openly – all traits that can be attributed to Rih, Erykah and Kim – she’s too dangerous or “too much to handle.” Listen, if my turban, maxi skirt and bamboo earrings make a man stop practicing his religion or, worst-case scenario, taking showers, I wasn’t the one who “hypnotized” him to do so. But, blaming women for a man’s behavior, good, bad or indifferent, is the foundation of victim blaming. As easy as it is to say that she was the one who drove him crazy, it’s even simpler to say she’s the reason he harassed her.

But, I digress.

Andre has always worn funky costumes (OutKast, anyone?) and Common has never been particularly mainstream in his way of thinking (shoutout to Soulquarian!), so Erykah really had a lot less to do with how they acted.

The point of the matter is that a man, or any person, changing their lifestyle or behavior is because that change was already deeply rooted in him or her. No woman is going to bring out what isn’t there to begin with. Chances are that the attraction a man has for a woman or vice versa reflects their innate qualities anyway. If you don’t like taking showers, chances are you may attract someone who isn’t too fond of soap either. But, say you eventually grow out of that phase (which, I hope you would). What happens? You move on, and attract someone else who reflects what’s in you.

So, don’t blame Erykah, Kim or any other woman for the man that he becomes.


Darius, Darnell, Dejuan And Other Names You Know Belong To A Black Man Off The Bat

July 1st, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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We’re pretty sure we’re not breaking any news here when we say there are certain names that you hear that automatically create a certain image in your head. And when it comes to the names on this list, that image is that of a black man. You probably already have the names in your head — the Laquans, Deshawns, Surons, and so forth — but it’s more fun if we say it out loud, right? Here are the names that when you hear them, you don’t even have to see the face to go with them because you know they belong to a black man. And yes, we mean black as in African American.

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Terrell and Tyrone

Tyrone may be Gaelic in origin, but it’s come to be black in culture. And Terrell? If you’ve ever met a white man by that name, we want to know about it.