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The Time for Voter Rights Is Now

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 03.02.2015 | 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 02.27.2015 | 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 02.26.2015 | 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 02.24.2015 | 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 02.23.2015 | 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 02.13.2015 | 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 02.05.2015 | 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 01.25.2015 | 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...

Common's Critics' Choice Awards Speech Was Charming, Powerful & Perfect

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 01.16.2015 | Entertainment

The Oscars didn't get a lot of things right when it came to "Selma," but voters were smart enough to put Common and John Legend in the Best Original S...

Common Celebrates Dr. King's Birthday With Oscar Nomination

AP | Mesfin Fekadu | Posted 01.21.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) -- Common says earning an Oscar nomination for his music attached to a film about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the activist's birt...

Read Common's Powerful Speech After His Best Original Song Win At The Golden Globes

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 01.14.2015 | Entertainment

The Golden Globe for Best Original Song was awarded to John Legend and Common for their song "Glory" from the film "Selma." In an exclusive video s...

Common Explains The True Inspiration Behind His Song From 'Selma'

OWN | Posted 01.09.2015 | OWN

In the movie "Selma," which chronicles the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery protest marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., actor and hip hop artist Commo...

Common: Racism Portrayed In 'Selma' Is Similar To Present-Day Struggle

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 01.05.2015 | Black Voices

When Ava DuVernay set out to make "Selma" — which has a stunning 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes and 91 percent on Metacritic — she likely ha...

Hell on Wheels: Elam Gone, Ezra Gone, and Now Ruth... Gone?!

Darryl Woodard | Posted 01.21.2015 | TV
Darryl Woodard

Last Saturday's November 15, 2014 episode of the AMC western drama Hell on Wheels had to have had everyone watching in suspense. Then it happened. The mobile town of Hell on Wheels in Cheyenne had lost a courageous spiritual overseer.

Inquire Before You Accuse

Tiffany O. Silver | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Tiffany O. Silver

Being fortunate to work worldwide with various people over the years, I've found there's a common denominator either leading people to their own demis...

iconic32 Launches in New York City With Common and Malik Yoba

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 12.28.2014 | Business
Akoshia Yoba

With the star power of rapper/actor Common and actor/entrepreneur Malik Yoba, iconic32's launch party demonstrated how simple it is to be a force for social good while also enjoying the privileges of being among the world's leading consumer classes.

Hell on Wheels: Recent Season Four Episode Seven Delivers!

Darryl Woodard | Posted 11.21.2014 | Entertainment
Darryl Woodard

This past Saturday's episode of Hell on Wheels titled "Elam Ferguson," was heartrending. It also depicted profoundly memorable performances by all actors involved.

Exclusive Interview: J Dilla's Mom Discusses Smithsonian Induction

Karim Orange | Posted 10.13.2014 | Arts
Karim Orange

J Dilla was a musical genius. His contribution both as a producer and rapper pioneered the musical platform that so many current artists have built on.

Read, Read, Read!

Jim Steyer | Posted 09.13.2014 | Education
Jim Steyer

As kids and parents enjoy their well-deserved break from school work, we can all take a more active role in ensuring their minds don't simply melt away into a morass of video games, texting and social media.

Amatus' Broken Compass

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 07.19.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

Although her lyrics sometimes fall short of insight, her sultry delivery makes up for the missing poetry, especially heard in the last two tracks "Punk" and "Cherish."

Common: Chicago Needs To Better Understand The Youth

AP | Posted 11.20.2013 | Black Voices

CHICAGO -- Chicago rapper Common says his hometown needs to better understand the young people contributing to its violence problem and be more consis...