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Ava Duvernay Was Hesitant To Use Common's Song In The 13th

Common previously teamed up with singer John Legend to create the Oscar-winning Glory, the theme tune for 2014 film Selma, but he reveals it took some convincing before Ava agreed to use another...

Rapper Common And Patti Labelle Honouring Harry Belafonte At Concert

The artists will be among several musicians that will perform in Los Angeles on 30 November (16) at the Dolby Theatre as part of the Keep The Promise shows, which will also take...

Rapper Common Developing Tv Comedy Series

The Glory hitmaker has teamed up with Hamilton and Grease: Live director Thomas Kail and How to Make It in America creator Ian Edelman to develop 93 Til Infinity. The show...

Norah Jones: I'm No Jazz Musician

Norah Jones always ''corrects people'' from labelling her as a jazz musician ''out of respect'' for the genre. The 37-year-old singer/songwriter is a massive fan of the style of music, so much so she used...

Gun Expert Recruited To Help Common And Keanu Reeves Become Sharp Shooters

Director Chad Stahelski recruited the world champion to give his leading men a new skill set, so they would both look like sharp shooters in the movie. "Taran is the current reigning...

Common To Headline New York City Education Protest

The social and civil activist, whose Black America Again track served as an anthem for the Black Lives Matter movement, will headline Wednesday's (28Sep16) protest about New York's racial achievement gap in public...

Common To Star In Remake Of Movie Cooley High

The Oscar winner will also produce the revamp of the 1975 Blaxploitation comedic drama, which featured Glynn Turman and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs. Cooley High was set in Common's hometown of Chicago, Illinois, and...

Queen Latifah: 'Racism Is Still Alive And Kicking'

The rapper-turned-actress was honoured for her success in the male-dominated industry alongside Missy Elliott, Lil' Kim and Salt-N-Pepa during the first VH1 Hip Hop Honors event in six years, dubbed All Hail The...

Common To Star In Black Samurai Tv Series

The Oscar and Grammy winner will take on Robert Sand and his heroic alter-ego in the project, which is based on author Marc Olden’s 1974 book series of the same name. Sand...

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...

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