1. Maxwell Bows 'King & Queen' Tour Film on Tidal: Watch a Teaser Clip

    May 05, 2017 10:59 AM EDT The singer kicks off arena tour on May 23 with Common, Ledisi and Leela James Maxwell gives fans an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at his international tour last year with Mary J. Blige in the documentary The King & Queen of Hearts World Tour . The 20-minute black and white film debuts…

  2. Common Debuts New Song, Discusses Chance the Rapper & the State of Hip-Hop at Tribeca Film Festival

    April 24, 2017 12:20 AM EDT Common has always been one to incorporate activism into his music, but perhaps one of his most moving works is the haunting "Letter to the Free" from his 2016 album  Black America Again . He turned that song into an affecting visual, which he debuted a longer version of at Tribeca…

  3. Common Recalls the Time He Gave Advice to a Young Rapper Who Turned Out to Be Chance the Rapper

    April 20, 2017 10:43 AM EDT Back when Chance The Rapper was Chance the soon-to-be rapper, he shared an unlikely connection to fellow Chicago MC,  Common .  For TIME' s  100 Most Influential People list , Common wrote an entry dedicated to the Coloring Book  rapper, recalling the time his grandmother asked for a…

  4. Common to Perform at Gordon Parks Foundation Event Honoring Mavis Staples, Jon Batiste & More

    April 12, 2017 5:59 PM EDT Singer Mavis Staples and musician Jon Batiste are among the honorees who will be saluted at the Gordon Parks Foundation’s annual awards dinner and auction. The June 6 event at Cipriani in New York City will also honor philanthropist Alexander Soros, Congressman John Lewis (D-Georgia),…

  5. Tribeca Film Festival Releases Tribeca Talks Lineup Featuring Bruce Springsteen, Jon Favreau, Common & More

    March 20, 2017 2:49 PM EDT The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival is offering an exciting panel of artists, filmmakers and entertainers for their famous Tribeca Talks segment.  The 16th annual festival will bridge together topics such as cinematography, production and sound from expert discussions through their career…

  6. Common Will Team Up With The National Symphony For a Special Performance at The Kennedy Center

    March 17, 2017 1:25 PM EDT Okayplayer and The Kennedy Center will orchestrate a special performance between Common and The National Symphony on Wednesday (March 22). The show will also include orchestrated versions of songs from Common's eclectic catalog.  The day prior, Common will team up with The National…

  7. Common Latest to Defend Snoop Dogg's Trump-Baiting 'Lavender' Vid, While All Tha Doggfather Can Do is Smile

    March 16, 2017 7:39 AM EDT Common is the latest MC to come to the defense of Snoop Dogg in the wake of the controversy over Snoop's Donald Trump-baiting "Lavender" video. Snoop also took to Instagram on Wednesday (March 15) to say he had nothing to say about the flap, offering just a satisfied smile. The…

  8. 6 Songs Offering Hope & Perspective During Immigration Ban

    January 30, 2017 1:34 PM EST This weekend saw a mass of musicians speaking out against President Donald Trump’s immigration ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries. Amidst the unrest, the overall theme of dissent for Trump’s ban and simultaneous support for immigrants and refugees has brought some of these…

  9. Common, John Legend & More Set For Blackhouse Sundance Summit

    January 13, 2017 11:46 AM EST Common , John Legend and director John Singleton are among the special guests confirmed for Blackhouse Foundation’s slate of panel discussions at the Sundance Film Festival. Held at the Buona Vita restaurant in Park City, Utah, Blackhouse’s four-day run at the annual event kicks off Jan. 20…

  10. Common & The National to Play Free Concert for Planned Parenthood

    January 10, 2017 12:07 PM EST Common and The National will be performing at Show Up!, a free concert being hosted by Planned Parenthood and All Access, according to Pitchfork . The show is occurring at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club on Jan. 19, the night before the inauguration. The National confirmed the news on Twitter…

  11. Here's a Sneak Peek of the 'Simpsons' Hip-Hop Special Starring Snoop Dogg, Common & RZA

    January 03, 2017 12:49 PM EST On Jan. 15, actor/comedian Keegan-Michael Key will star in an hour-long Simpsons hip-hop special for the show's upcoming season premiere. Entering its 28th season, The Simpsons will feature a host of big-time rap stars , including  Snoop Dogg , Common  and  RZA , as well as a special…

  12. How Solange, Beyonce & Common Brought Pain & Healing In 2016 With Their Pro-Black Power Projects

    December 19, 2016 11:00 AM EST History shows that oppression always breeds great black art: be it dance, plays, television dramas and especially music. If you recall the rise of the Black Power movement in the ‘60s and ‘70s when youth organized, protested or simply longed to tell stories of social injustice, including ones…

  13. Common and Serena Williams' Candid Chat on Being Bold and Black: Watch

    December 19, 2016 7:39 AM EST Rapper Common and tennis icon Serena Williams sat down for a candid talk about sexism and race in the sports world and much more. On the hour-long ESPN special "The Undefeated In-Depth: Serena with Common," which aired Sunday night (December 18), the longtime friends and former…

  14. Snoop Dogg, RZA, Common to Guest on 'The Simpsons' Hip-Hop Episode

    December 14, 2016 8:33 PM EST The Simpsons ' hour-long hip-hop episode just got even bigger with the announcement Snoop Dogg , RZA and Common will be featured guests.  When the season 28 opener was first announced in August, it was revealed that Empire star Taraji P. Henson and Key & Peele 's Keegan-Michael…

  15. Common Debuts 'Letter to the Free' Video From '13th' Documentary: Premiere

    December 14, 2016 4:24 PM EST “Every human being should be concerned about every other human being," jazz legend  Herbie Hancock told the audience on Tuesday night (Dec. 13) at a private screening of the documentary 13th , which he hosted for rapper Common . The Ava DuVernay film, released on Netflix, centers around…

  16. Common, Usher & Janelle Monae Pay Tribute to the Obamas at BET's 'Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration'

    November 16, 2016 12:55 PM EST The hip-hop community will always be indebted to President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama after bringing hope to America as the first black family to occupy the White House. To thank the powerful couple as Obama's eight-year teunure nears its end, some of Hollywood and music's…

  17. Listen to Common's 'Black America Again' Remix Feat. Gucci Mane & Pusha T

    November 14, 2016 4:24 PM EST The title track from  Common ’s 11th studio album Black America Again just received the remix treatment, courtesy of  Gucci Mane and Pusha T . The remix incorporates the personal struggles of the featured rappers into a larger rally against police brutality that Common incites over the jazz…

  18. Common's 'Black America Again' Is Another Reminder To Stay Woke

    November 08, 2016 12:37 PM EST With his eleventh studio album Black America Again , Common joins the vast collection of powerful black voices rising in protest for black lives. Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly , D’Angelo’s Black Messiah , Beyoncé’s Lemonade and, most recently, Solange’s A Seat At The Table have all…

  19. Common Delivers Awesome, Unofficial Remix to Solange's 'Cranes in the Sky': Listen

    October 18, 2016 5:30 PM EDT Solange  released her acclaimed album A Seat at the Table last month, gifting the younger Knowles her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 . Since the album's release, the breakout single "Cranes in the Sky" has already seen a remix from Canadian producer Kaytranada , whose edit…

  20. Common Talks New Album 'Black America Again': 'We Are Rewriting the Black American Story'

    September 30, 2016 6:33 PM EDT As he prepares for his 11th studio album, Chicago MC Common stopped by Billboard on Friday (Sept. 30) to discuss the theme behind his forthcoming project and the significance of its title single "Black America Again." Common released the video for "Black America Again"…

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