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Common Reacts To “Selma” Oscars Snub: “I Was Definitely Disappointed”

January 16th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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When the Oscar nominations were announced, many were disappointed that Selma was overlooked in the Best Actor and Best Director categories, including Common, who actually received a nod for his track, “Glory,” which was inspired by the film.

“I was definitely disappointed,” Common told USA Today. “I was definitely wishing that Ava had received an Oscar nomination for best director and wishing David had received an Oscar nomination for best actor. It’s a disappointment.”

He did, however, express gratitude that the film was nominated for Best Picture.

“But I found some victory and happiness in the fact that the movie is nominated for Best Picture. That says a lot about Ava, because she is the director of the movie. She created the film to be Best Picture. I hope she at least feels great about that.”

As for his own Best Original Song nomination, Common had this to say:

“This is the first time I can ever say, hey I’m an Oscar-nominated artist. It was a goal and vision for myself to receive an Oscar. I was hoping I’d get it as an actor, now I’m super grateful to be getting it as an artist. To be a part of ‘Selma’ is one of the best moments in my life.”

He also dished on the possibility of him performing “Glory” on the Oscars stage.

“That would be the top of the mountain for me,” he said.


Where Are The Black Folks At? Oscar Nominations Announced And “Selma” Only Grabs Two

January 15th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Selma, Cloud Eight Films 2014

Selma (Cloud Eight Films, 2014)

So, about those Oscar nominations…

This morning, the nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards were announced, and while Selma was nominated, it was only for the categories of Best Picture, and Best Original Song for Common and John Legend’s Golden Globe-winning hit, “Glory.”

The lack of nominations for David Oyelowo in his role as Martin Luther King, Jr., and Best Director for Ava DuVernay, already have people talking, mostly for two reasons: For one, this will be the least diverse Oscars when it comes to acting nods since 1998, according to the Huffington Post (though we are reminded that the Academy is “93% white, 76% male with average age of 63″). And secondly, because Selma, and the film’s director, are amazing. Reactions on Twitter have been ones of confusion and disappointment:

“No Ava DuVernay, No David Oyelowo…That’s all folks. All Best Picture nom is a token invite.”

“Dear Academy. You show no love for [Ava DuVernay] so you get no love from me. I will not be watching the #Oscars this year.”

“The kind of movie #Selma Film would need to be to garner Academy love [Ava DuVernay] would never make that. She love her people too much”

“Sadly, it will be an all white #Oscars2015 ceremony…”

But if you ask DuVernay how she’s feeling (Oyelowo does not have a Twitter account by the way), she’s doing just fine without a Best Director’s nomination:


As for the rest of the nominees in the most important categories:

Best Actor

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton, Birdman

Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night

Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall, The Judge

Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

Edward Norton, Birdman

Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Laura Dern, Wild

Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Emma Stone, Birdman

Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Adapted Screenplay

American Sniper, Jason Hall

The Imitation Game, Graham Moore

Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson

The Theory of Everything, Anthony McCarten

Whiplash, Damien Chazelle

Best Original Screenplay

Birdman, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo

Boyhood, Richard Linklater

Foxcatcher, E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness

Nightcrawler, Dan Gilroy

Best Original Song

“Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie; Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson

“Glory” from Selma; Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights; Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me; Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond

“Lost Stars” from Begin Again; Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

Best Director

Alexandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

If you wish to check out the full list, click over to the Academy Awards website, and you can watch the live show on February 22nd at 7E/4P. What are your thoughts on this year’s nominations?

John Legend, Common Score Golden Globe For “Glory”

January 11th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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John Legend and Common both have a lot to celebrate this evening as the two have scored a Golden Globe for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for their song “Glory,” which has been featured on the soundtrack of Ava DuVernay’s Selma.

It was an emotional moment for both men who took time out while accepting their award to acknowledge issues of race and violence currently plaguing our nation.

“The first day I stepped on the set of ‘Selma,’ I began to feel like this was bigger than a movie,” Common said during his acceptance speech. “As I got to know the people of the Civil Rights Movement, I realized that I am the hopeful Black woman who was denied her right to vote. I am the caring White supporter killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed Black kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty. ‘Selma’ has awaken my humanity.”

“Selma is now,” he concluded.

John Legend, who revealed that he wasn’t called in to partake in the creation of the song until the last minute, also took advantage of the moment to shine light on social injustice.

“It’s so connected to what’s happening right now. We’re still in solidarity with those who are out there fighting for justice right now. We’re so grateful to write this song, hopefully as an inspiration to them.”

Well done, fellas!

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Common’s Message On “Selma” And Being Black In America Today: “It’s Our Turn”

December 16th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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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.

Pass Or Play? Mumu Fresh Releases Hidden Gem “Tell My Story”

October 6th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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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.

Show Mumu your support before October 31st!

Below is Mumu’s music video for the song, “Tell My Story.” Also, her KickStarter’s visual accompaniment.

The 15 Cutest Men In Hip Hop Today

September 25th, 2014 - By Whitney Larkins
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Derrick Salters/

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who isn’t a fan of one of the men we have listed, and it probably has less to do with the music and more to do with their good looks. Check out our picks for the sexiest men in Hip Hop today!

Common’s Father Passes Away: ‘The Way He Said Things Made Me Look At Life In A New Way’

September 16th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: WENN

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

August 25th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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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…

Mike Brown’s Parents Talk Meeting With Eric Holder + Iyanla Challenges Rappers To Come To Ferguson

August 21st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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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.

As far as I know the only rapper whose responded is Common. Check out the video he sent below.

Common Covers Uptown With Selita Ebanks, Says He Almost Married Serena Williams

August 18th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Uptown

Source: Uptown

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?