From  the streets of  the south side of Chicago to hip-hop legacy, Common shares his thoughts on the importance of valuing your life.

Rapper/Actor Common talks education,music, life, takes a looks at violence through the perspective of other Chicago Hip Hop artists and breaks down his new album, “Nobody’s Smiling,”  in this exclusive interview with RELATED: Focus On Gun Violence In Chicago   

Artist, actor and philanthropist Common was joined by Andrea L. Zopp, CEO of the Chicago Urban League and Rhymefest, the creative director of Kanye West’s Donda’s House, Inc., to announce the launch of  the AAHH! Fest, as well as the creation of the Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative. Both projects will serve to support Chicago youth and organize resources […]

After the New York Post posted a story, claiming that legendary poet and author, Maya Angelou was disappointed in rapper Common for his use of the N-Word on their collaboration, “The Dreamer,” Angelou called in TV program, 106th And Park, while Common was on, voicing her support. Angelou referred to Common as a genius and […]

Legendary poet and author, Maya Angelou has claimed that she is “surprised and disappointed” by rapper, Common’s lyrics on a song for which she contributed a poem. Angelou contributed a poem for Common’s song, “The Dreamer” but did not hear the lyrics. When she heard the “N-Word” on the song she was featured on, she […]

Rapper Common is now a New York Times best-seller for his autobiography “One Day, It’ll All Make Sense.” The book debuted at the 20th spot on the chart. Read more at RELATED: Work Out! Jennifer Hudson Opens Weight Loss Center In Chicago

News One’s Smokey Fontaine joins Roland Martin on Washington Watch via the HP SkyRoom for this installment of Web Watch. Roland and Smokey discuss Fox News’ attacks against Common and NFL player, Albert Haynesworth’s claim that he is innocent of sexual misconduct because he does not date Black women.

WASHINGTON — The White House is standing by its decision to invite the rapper Common to participate in a poetry event despite conservative and other criticism that the musician has glorified the killing of police officers with his lyrics. Spokesman Jay Carney says President Barack Obama has spoken out against violent and misogynistic music lyrics. […]

CHICAGO (AP) — Hip-hop artist Common will be joining Barack Obama at a weekend rally for Democratic candidates in the president’s home state of Illinois. Campaign officials announced details about the Chicago rally Tuesday night, saying Common will be performing.  The rally will be held Saturday afternoon at the Midway Plaisance park on Chicago’s South […]

Rapper Common and Actress, Rosario Dawson are hosting a new poetry show on HBO. The show premiered last Saturday and is called “Brave New Voices” RELATED STORIES BP Group Spotlight: Underground Poetry Slam on BlackPlanet Group Saves Langston Hughes’ Home From Foreclosure Share this post on Facebook! CLICK HERE: Jay-Z to work on President Obama’s […]

The Huffington Post is reporting on rapper Common’s recent efforts with “Get Schooled” to promote education around the country. Here’s what he had to say: His mother worked tirelessly to ensure her son got a quality education beyond the classroom, filling his free time with museum visits and book reports. The hard work paid off […]

Today at 6pm at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center (165 W. 65th St.) the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement in conjunction with ImageNation will host the world premiere of the film “Black August: A Hip-Hop Documentary Concert,”directed by dream hampton. The night kicks off with a performance by Ghanian emcee Blitz the Ambassador and […]