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"What Happened, Miss Simone?" Makes Waves With Sundance Premiere

By Victoria Pavlova | 23rd January 2015

It’s Sundance weekend again and the star of the show this year is definitely What Happened, Miss Simone? The Netflix-produced Nina Simone documentary traces the life of the famed Jazz singer from her beginnings as...

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Common, Kendrick Lamar Lead The Charge On Mtv's #Thetalk Campaign For Martin Luther King Day

By Victoria Pavlova | 19th January 2015

Today, in honour of Martin Luther King Day, MTV is returning to its progressive, socially conscious days with a special twist on its programming. For twelve straight hours, the channel will air all its shows...

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Selma Cast To March In Alabama To Mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

16th January 2015

Selma stars David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey and Common are set to retrace Martin Luther King, Jr.'s steps on Sunday (18Jan15) by marching in Alabama to mark the civil rights icon's birthday.The revered activist led the...

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Oscar Nominations Court Controversy

By Rich Cline | 16th January 2015

The reaction to this week's Oscar nominations was a loud one, because Academy voters played it so safe in a year when films expanded to explore a diverse array of themes. Throughout 2014, actors and...

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The Things They Say: 4534454

14th January 2015

"I talk to my friends about the work they're doing and what they've got going on in their lives and it was funny talking to her because she doesn't dodge the fact that she's Oprah...

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Common, Ferguson, The Golden Globes: It Was A Long Night

By Victoria Pavlova | 12th January 2015

Guys, we gotta talk about Ferguson again. The protests have been off the radar lately, with so much other horribleness going on, but at last night’s Golden Globes, Common took the chance to remind everyone:...

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Golden Globes 2015: Common References Ferguson, Nypd In Acceptance Speech

By Nick Hill | 12th January 2015

The 72nd Golden Globe Awards took a political turn when Common and John Legend were awarded the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for their track 'Glory' from the movie 'Selma,' which depicts Martin Luther...

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4th December 2014

"We had a dance battle, as you do at black weddings, and apparently, Common was a professional break dancer. He gave us some combination of Ozone and Turbo from (dance film) Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo....

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Common To Host Furniture Design Competition Show

6th November 2014

Rapper and actor Common is set to front a furniture design competition show.Framework will feature 13 designers competing for a $100,000 (Gbp62,500) prize and the hitmaker will star on the show alongside judges Nolen Niu...

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Common, Jon Hamm And Kerry Washington Take A Stand Against Sexual Violence

20th September 2014

Hip-hop stars Common and Questlove and actors Jon Hamm and Kerry Washington have joined U.S. President Barack Obama in a new public service announcement calling for an end to sexual violence on college campuses.Music producer...

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Common's Father Dies

16th September 2014

Rapper Common is mourning the loss of his father.The hip-hop star's dad Lonnie Lynn, a retired basketball player who was known by the nickname 'Pops', passed away in Los Angeles on Friday (12Sep14) at the...

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1st September 2014

Lupe Fiasco has teamed up with singer Jennifer Hudson and fellow rapper Common to record an inspirational song for America's Stand Up To Cancer telethon. The hip-hop star released Remission, a remix of his original...

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Kim Kardashian, Accompanied By Kendall & Kylie Jenner, Seemingly Ignores Vma Moment Of Silence

By Elinor Cosgrave | 26th August 2014

In a world where we rely on our mobiles phones for just about everything, we still don't have a set etiquette on when and where we should or shouldn't use them. Still, there are some...

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The Things They Say: 4303353

27th July 2014

"The thing for me is I cherish our friendship more than music. I'm grateful for the music we did... but we got a friendship that's stronger than that so if... we never make music again,...

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Common Forged Michael Jordan's Signature For Money

18th July 2014

Rapper Common once forged basketball great Michael Jordan's signature to make money.The Light hitmaker had the prestigious job of serving as a ball boy for the Chicago Bulls when he was growing up in Illinois,...

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17th July 2014

"No beef with Drake - we're vegetarians now. It's all good. He's a talented dude. I really respect him." Rapper Common has put his well-publicised feud with Drake in the past. He's not the only...

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The Things They Say: 4290506

17th July 2014

"When Kanye was 19 years old, he would come to my basement and he would tell me how great he is and outrap me and tell me my friends' pants is whack (sic). So he's...

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Kanye West Rants For 20 Minutes At Wedding

25th May 2014

Kanye West thinks the Kardashian family are ''the most remarkable people of our time.''The 'New Slaves' hitmaker gushed about his new wife, Kim Kardashian, and her famous family during several lengthy speeches at their wedding...

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Red Bull Music Academy Festival Set For Ultimate Closing Party In New York

By Michael West | 23rd May 2014

Firstly, we recognise that reporting on a mixture of New York parties, eclectic performances and signature lectures from prominent music movers and shakers could seem, well, immaterial. Let's face it, Gotham is one long eclectic...

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America Ferrera Puts Marriage To The Test By Filming Sex Scenes For Her Husband

24th April 2014

America Ferrera and her husband Ryan Piers Williams put their marriage to the test in new drama X/Y - the writer/director filmed his wife making love to rapper Common.In only his second feature, writer/director Williams...

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Kanye West And Common Team Up To Create 20,000 Jobs In Chicago

15th April 2014

Rappers Kanye West and Common have joined forces on a new initiative to provide over 20,000 jobs for young people in their native Chicago, Illinois.The pair is using their star power to help the less...

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Common, Wale And Co. Releasing"game Of Thrones" Mixtape For All Your Catching Up Needs

By Victoria Pavlova | 6th March 2014

It’s official – HBO has the best promotional strategy. Not that the fourth season of Game of Thrones needed any more hype, but it’s getting heaps of it with a new hip hop mixtape. Dragons,...

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Hip Hop Stars Contribute To Game Of Thrones Mixtape

6th March 2014

Hip-hop stars including Big Boi and Common have contributed to the first ever Game Of Thrones mixtape, with songs inspired by storylines from the popular fantasy drama.The highly-anticipated fourth season of the show premieres in...

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Rapper Common Eyeing Broadway Debut

5th March 2014

Rapper Common is hoping to make his Broadway debut as boxer Jack Jefferson in The Great White Hope.The Light hitmaker has reportedly auditioned to take on the role made famous by James Earl Jones in...

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Rapper Common Lands Spontaneous Cameo In Entourage Film

3rd March 2014

A timely workout at the gym helped rapper/actor Common land a cameo in the Entourage film.Filmmaker Doug Ellin ran into The Light hitmaker at Equinox in Los Angeles last week (ends02Mar14) and asked him if...

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Common To Play Killer In Liam Neeson Thriller - Report

24th September 2013

Rapper/actor Common is set to go up against Liam Neeson in action thriller Run All Night, according to a U.S. report.The hip-hop hitmaker is in talks to star alongside Neeson, Ed Harris and Joel Kinnaman...

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Common Joins Liam Neeson In Run All Night

24th September 2013

Common will join Liam Neeson in 'Run All Night'.The actor-and-rapper has signed up to appear alongside the legendary actor in a new action thriller from Warner Bros., according to The Hollywood Reporter.The film centres on...

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Common Calls For Chicago Peace Summit With Chief Keef

24th September 2013

Hip-hop star Common wants to organise a "peace summit" with rising rapper Chief Keef in an effort to cut down on the number of shootings and violent crimes in their hometown of Chicago, Illinois.The Corner...

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Production On Common's Tv Show Halted As Floods Wreck Set

25th June 2013

Production on rapper Common's gritty western Tv series Hell On Wheels has been shut down after torrential rainfall left the set underwater at the weekend (22-23Jun13).Flooding has caused chaos throughout Calgary, Canada and filming on...

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Kanye West Skirt Jokes Drive Rapper To Order Picture Removal

By Jack de Aguilar | 9th February 2013

Kanye West is sick of the skirt jabs; he's decided to make his move and formally request that pictures of him wearing the skimpy leather number be removed from a picture agency's website. Lord Jamar...

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