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White House Conference on Aging -- Tear Down those Walls

Donna M. Butts | Posted 07.15.2015 | Fifty
Donna M. Butts

It's time to tear down these age-segregated walls and rebuild the bridges -- the social compact -- that made our country economically viable and strong.

Common's 'Suicide Squad' Getup Revealed

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 06.12.2015 | Entertainment

We may not know exactly who Common is playing in the new "Suicide Squad" film, but we do know he'll have a lot of tattoos. New photos of the hip-h...

Daily Meditation: Glory

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.30.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Spike Lee's 'Chiraq' Film Title Draws Backlash From Local Officials

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 04.23.2015 | Black Voices

The title of Spike Lee's upcoming film, 'Chiraq', has drawn some criticism in Chicago. The proposed project, which is reportedly set to highlight b...

Hip Hop Artist Common Set to Headline University of Michigan's MUSIC Matters Benefit Show

Kelly Frazier | Posted 06.14.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

MUSIC Matters, now in their fourth year, holds a spring festival annually that's patterned loosely by Austin's South By Southwest to bring together all the different facets on campus with hopes to make strong community ties in the Detroit and Ann Arbor areas.

University Cancels Common As Commencement Speaker

AP | Posted 04.01.2015 | Black Voices

UNION, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey's Kean University has cancelled hip-hop artist Common as commencement speaker after police voiced concerns over a song ...

Kendrick Lamar, Lee Daniels, and Dismissing the Double Standards on Black Artistry

Ernest Owens | Posted 05.26.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Current standards set by the masses suggests that black men and women cannot artistically express anger, be imperfect, invoke rebellion, find humor in their woes, be unapologetically sexual, explore taboos, and re-appropriate the tumultuous barriers placed on us.

John Legend On Common's Race Comments: It's Not Enough To Extend Hand Of Love

Associated Press | MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 03.31.2015 | Black Voices

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- John Legend says he's concerned that the "Blurred Lines" verdict could set a scary precedent for artists creating music inspired...

Common, Pharrell, And ‘The New Black'

The Daily Beast | Stereo Williams | Posted 03.19.2015 | Black Voices

“The New Black doesn't blame other races for our issues.” So decreed Pharrell Williams when the hit-making superstar spoke to Oprah last summer...

WATCH: Common Says Black People Showing Love To White People Is The Cure To Racism

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.24.2015 | Black Voices

As America continues to question and wrestle with the myth of a “post-racial” society, it appears Common may have found a possible solution to com...

What Common Can Teach Men About Getting Dressed

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 03.16.2015 | Style

Common is already having a pretty amazing 2015. The 43-year-old rapper played civil rights activist James Bevel in "Selma," and he co-wrote the Golden...

Movie Review: Run All Night -- Here We Go Again!

Carole Mallory | Posted 05.10.2015 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

Liam Neeson does it again. He not only has you care about his character, but the whole dang movie. Even if he is a retired hit man.

Common On Being Black In America: 'I Look At It As A Gift'

OWN | Posted 03.06.2015 | OWN

As a celebrity with a powerful platform, Oscar winner Common often speaks out with focused intensity about the struggles for justice, dignity and free...

The Time for Voter Rights Is Now

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

We cannot raise awareness about the heroines and heroes of history, and then turn around and be cowards 50 years later. This Congress must deal with overt moves among states to obstruct people's right to vote, and they must restore federal protections of voting rights.

Academy Award Winners You Didn't Know Were From Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.29.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Hollywood awarded its greatest honors Feb. 22, doling out prizes for excellence in movies at the 87th Academy Awards. It was also a big night for Illinois -- at least three of the award winners come from the Prairie State.

John Legend is Right, and the Others Are Wrong!

Richard Fowler | Posted 04.27.2015 | Media
Richard Fowler

Why is it that these artists' statements don't receive validity? Isn't John Legend an American? Aren't his feelings and political views valid?

Building Bridges: From 'Selma' to the Dinner Table

Fay Johnson | Posted 04.26.2015 | San Francisco
Fay Johnson

Though our country has progressed in institutionalizing particular laws and rights surrounding the issue of race discrimination, there is still much work to be done. The culture that we create now has the ability to influence both the government and perhaps even more immediately relevant, the lives of those around us.

A Thank You Letter to Ava DuVernay

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 04.25.2015 | Entertainment
Ola Ojewumi

She is unapologetic in her work, which shows that one's brilliance cannot be measured in Oscars and accolades, but in the impact you have on society.

'Glory' Is The Inspiring, Oscar-Nominated Anthem We Need Now

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 02.16.2015 | Entertainment

Twenty-five million viewers tuned in to watch Common and John Legend perform "Glory" during the Grammy Awards on Feb. 8. At least 40 million people wi...

Common's Advice for Up-and-Coming Creative Talent at the Tanqueray Trunk Show

Gastronomista | Posted 04.15.2015 | Style
Gastronomista

Photo Courtesy of Team Epiphany New York City is deep in the throes of Fashion Week - designers are hustling to put the finishing touches on their c...

Iggy Azalea Lost Best Rap Album, So We Can All Sleep Tonight

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 02.08.2015 | Entertainment

Eminem was awarded Best Rap Album at the Grammys for "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," beating out Iggy Azalea's heavily favored "The New Classic." Eminem ...

Who Should & Who Will Win At The Grammys

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 02.06.2015 | Entertainment

The 2015 Grammy Awards are just around the corner, and besides the many, confusing performances that are scheduled, the world is preparing their socia...

Common: An Overnight Success 20 Years in the Making

Darryl A. Cobbin | Posted 04.07.2015 | Entertainment
Darryl A. Cobbin

So for anyone who thought the success of Common has come out of nowhere, please study the totality of his stellar career and his partnership with Derek. I realize what I'm requesting is odd in the world of tweets, sound bites and 24-hour news cycles. I promise you will be entertained.

Schools Should Show 'Selma'!

Lonna Saunders | Posted 03.21.2015 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

It's oft been said that those who don't learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. But you need to know what your history is before you can learn from it. Selma DVDs in every classroom is a start.

White House To Host Special 'Selma' Screening

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 01.16.2015 | Entertainment

Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo and Common were in Los Angeles for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Thursday night, but on Friday aftern...