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Watch: Common and John Legend’s Oscar Acceptance Speech

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By Diamond 11:03 am February 23, 2015 Common and John Legend’s acceptance speech for the Oscar for Best Original Song invoked the current social justice struggles of today. “We know that the Voting Rights Act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right […]

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Kanye West, Common create more than 20,000 jobs for Chicago Youth

By BYP @blackyouthproj 3:45 pm April 14, 2014 At a press conference held last Wednesday, rapper-turned-actor Common announced that his foundation has joined forces with Kanye West’s company DONDA’s House Inc. along with the Chicago Urban League to create more than 20,000 jobs for youth in Chicago. 

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Common Discusses His Efforts to Give Back to His Hometown

Rapper/actor/activist, Chicago native, and BYP supporter Common recently wrote an editorial in the Chicago Sun-Times about how he plans to continue to give back to the youth of Chicago.

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Oh Hip Hop Baby Where Did You Go

By Keantre Malone 3:57 pm November 13, 2012 How has Hip-Hop  lost its course in this world? There is too much of a musical backbone to inspire and work from. Now a days the dumber the song the better the song. The “main stream” industry has trampled our freedom. You constantly hear artist complain of […]

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Maya Angelou Upset w/ Common for Using N-Word on Collaboration


According to the New York Post, poet Maya Angelou is upset with rapper Common for use of the “n-word” on his track “The Dreamer;” a song on which Ms. Angelou is a featured guest. Ms. Angelou had no idea such lyrics would be featured on the track. Should he have warned Ms. Angelou? Read more at BlackYouthProject.com

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THINGS FALL APART: What Happened To Hip Hop’s Conscience?

There was a time when a Neo Soul/alternative Hip Hop movement was a visual, popular alternative to the violence, misogyny, and materialism of mainstream Hip Hop. This article is a love letter to that glorious movement, and an explanation as to why it faded away.

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Just Wright or Not Quite Right: Queen Latifah Kissed Common, Yuck?

By Fallon 8:05 am May 28, 2010 Do you remember back in 94’ when you were about 13 years old watching Jason’s Lyric for the first time when you probably shouldn’t have been because the movie was rated ‘R,’ and you were suppose to be cleaning your room? Do you remember the feeling of preteen […]

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Monday Morning (Mc)Nuggets

By Summer M. 8:00 am April 26, 2010 So much has happened since the late time I blogged, I figure I’d write a little blurb about everything. Just Wrong. Common and Queen Latifah are starring in a new movie.  I want to shoot myself.  It looks terrible.  I officially hate them both. So much that […]

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