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Nicki Minaj And Alicia Keys Discuss Criminal Justice Initiative With President Obama

The leader launched the campaign, which aims to support programs that keep young people of colour out of legal trouble, in 2014, and he wants to ensure it continues long after his presidency...

Common Dreams Of Collaborating With Michelle Obama

Michelle teamed up with Saturday Night Live comedian Jay Pharaoh and College Humor back in December last year (15) to promote a rap video urging kids to go to college. In...

Hip-hop Stars Pay Tribute To Late Dj Timbuck2

The Chicago-based musician and radio DJ, real name Tim Jones, passed away at the age of 34 following a long battle with the disease. Jones was a revered music icon in Chicago,...

Judy Greer To Make Directorial Debut With Common And Allison Janney

The Descendants star will step behind the camera for A Happening of Monumental Proportions, which is set in a Los Angeles school. Written by Gary Lundy, the script for the project was...

Sean Combs And Snoop Dogg Join Million Man March

Fellow hip-hop stars Chuck D, Young Jeezy, Jay Electronica and Common were also among the thousands who joined Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to demand racial equality as part of the Justice…Or...

Kanye West Upstaged By Wailingdaughter

Kanye West's daughter was the star attraction at his New York fashion show.The 'Stronger' hitmaker debuted the second season of his Kanye West x Adidas Originals Collection at the Skylight Modern yesterday (16.09.15) but all...

Common Pushes Return Of Chicago Festival To 2016

The Glory hitmaker launched the event last summer (14) with performances from fellow Chicagoans Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and Jennifer Hudson, and a stand-up set from comedian Dave Chappelle. Common had hoped...

Common 'Good' With Ex Serena Williams' Rumoured Romance With Drake

The Fancy hitmaker was recently spotted kissing the Wimbledon winner at a Cincinnati, Ohio restaurant, sparking rumours his low-key relationship with Williams was back on. The two were previously linked in 2011,...

Common Developing Tv Drama Series In Native Chicago

The Selma and Hell on Wheels actor has teamed up with fellow Chicagoan, Bones writer Lena Waithe, to produce the new project, which has been described as "a relevant, timely and distinctive coming-of-age...

Ne-yo And Common Join The Wiz Live!

The So Sick hitmaker has been tapped to play the Tin Man, while Oscar winner Common has been chosen to portray the gatekeeper to Oz in the latest musical adaptation of L. Frank...

Patti Smith's Memoir To Be Adapted Into A Tv Series

Executives at Showtime made the announcement during their panel at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour in Los Angeles on Tuesday (11Aug15), revealing Smith will be co-writing and producing the limited series...

Hip-hop Stars Remember Slain Teen Michael Brown On The First Anniversary Of His Death

Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri a year ago (09Aug14) after he was caught up in a store robbery investigation. Violence erupted on the streets of the town and...

Robin Thicke And Nile Rodgers To Play Charity Gig

The Blurred Lines star will perform at the Legacy of Hope Foundation's show in Brooklyn next month (Jul15) along with Rodgers and his band Chic and rapper Common. The gig at the...

Common And Ava Duvernay Spark Dating Rumours

The Glory hitmaker met DuVernay when he starred in her 2014 Oscar-nominated film Selma. The pair have only been photographed publicly for promotional appearances for the movie, but according to The...

Common Receives Honorary Degree

The Glory hitmaker delivered the commencement speech at the university and was feted with an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Speaking to the graduates, he said, "You want to surround yourself...

Rapper-turned-actor Common Joins Cast Of 'Suicide Squad'

The Oscar-winning rapper-turned-actor Common has signed on to join the cast of Suicide Squad - Warner Bros' new all-star action movie featuring DC Entertainment super villains. Common has joined the cast of Suicide SquadFury filmmaker...

Common Joins Suicide Squad Cast

The Oscar winner closed a deal to join the super-villain ensemble movie, which will also feature Will Smith, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Margot Robbie, Scott Eastwood, Joel Kinnaman and Cara Delevingne. It...

Usher And No Doubt To Lead Performances At Earth Day Rally

The free concert will be co-hosted by Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am at the National Mall in the U.S. capital, and other stars on the bill include Mary J. Blige, Train and Fall...

Spike Lee Wants Kanye West And Common For Film About Chicago Violence

The Do The Right Thing filmmaker also wants Entourage star Jeremy Piven, who grew up in Evanston, near Chicago, and frequent collaborator Samuel L. Jackson to sign up for Chiraq, the nickname given...

Director Spike Lee Courts Controversy By Calling New Film 'Chiraq'

Famed director Spike Lee was accused of insulting the residents of the city of Chicago by titling his new project ‘Chiraq’, a movie which will look at education and violence. He has also been criticised...

Dwayne The Rock Johnson Lays The Smackdown On 'Lip Sync Battle' With Epic 'Shake It Off' Performance

The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson, stole the show in the first episode of Spike’s ‘Lip Sync Battle’ which pits a pair of celebs against each other every week in the ultimate miming contest. The former...

New Jersey University Officials Drop Common As Commencement Speaker

The Selma star, whose movie tune Glory landed him and John Legend the Academy Award for Best Original Song in February (15), was announced as the special guest for the school's upcoming graduation...

Common Explains Oprah Shun At Oscars

Common says a simple misunderstanding caused him to shun a high-five from Oprah Winfrey at the Academy Awards.The rapper-turned-actor won the award for Best Original Song for 'Glory' - his collaboration with John Legend -...

Common Refutes Oprah Winfrey Oscars Snub

The Be hitmaker, real name Lonnie Lynn, was feted with the Best Original Song award for Glory, his collaboration with John Legend for civil rights movie Selma, which Winfrey co-produced and starred in....

Lee Daniels Lands Oprah Winfrey And Common For Empire

Show co-creator Lee Daniels tells The Hollywood Reporter he has been trying to persuade his The Butler star, Winfrey, to appear on the show for weeks, previously admitting, "I'm wearing her down!"...

Common Felt Father's Spirit With Him At Oscars

The musician and his collaborator John Legend claimed the prestigious prize at last month's (Feb15) ceremony for their work on Selma theme tune Glory, but audience members and viewers were temporarily confused about...

Common Picked Up Golden Air Jordan Shoe On Oscars Eve

Rapper/actor Common was a big winner the night before he picked up his first Oscar last weekend (22Feb15) after his manager presented him with a one-of-a-kind golden Air Jordan shoe.A huge Jordan fan, the Selma...

Kanye West 'Humbled' By Bet Visionary Award

Kanye West felt humbled ''maybe for the first time'' as he accepted his Visionary Award at the BET Honors.The 37-year-old hip-hop star delivered a heartfelt speech at the ceremony in Washington DC, which was filmed...

Producer No I.d. Honours Oscar Winners Common And John Legend

Hip-hop producer No I.D. has honoured the work of Common and [John Legend] by posting a touching letter to the Oscar winners online.The hitmaker, who has worked with Common since the start of the rapper's...

Common Reunites With Serena Williams After Oscars Win

Rapper/actor Common had another trophy on his arm as he celebrated his big Oscars win at a Hollywood afterparty on Sunday night (22Feb15) after reuniting with his ex-girlfriend Serena Williams.The Be hitmaker claimed the Best...

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