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Jeremih, The Internet, Taylor Bennett, Tink & More To Headline Common’s AAHH Fest

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On September 24th & 25th, Common’s storied AAHH Fest returns to Union Park for a two day affair — and the headliners have just been announced. Besides Common, you can count on seeing Jeremih, The Internet and Sir the Baptist on Sunday the 25th with hosting duties from Deon Cole. Tink and Taylor Bennett will hold it down on community day which is Saturday the 24th.

The community day is for the children and young adults, while Sunday’s festivities on the 25th are for the 18+ crowd. There are plenty more acts to be announced as well as a stable of surprise guests, so stay tuned for more details.

Tickets are available now. 

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Common To Produce ‘Cooley High’ Remake

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Deadline is exclusively reporting that Common is set to co-produce a remake of the 1975 Chicago motion picture, Cooley High. The original was an undisputed classic centered around a group of high school teenagers and the trials and tribulations of the Chicago landscape of the 60s. The original was made for $750,000 and grossed an astounding $13 million in theaters. I guess Chicago native Com Sense thought it was only right to green light a remake.

EXCLUSIVE: Cooley High has been set for a remake at MGM with DeVon Franklin, Common and Tony Krantz partnering on the seminal 1975 coming-of-age drama. Seth Rosenfeld will write the script. Set in 1960s Chicago and focused on a group of high school pals with big dreams of getting out of the South Side, Cooley High fell in with a series of terrific coming-of-age films that included American Graffiti, The Lords Of Flatbush and The Wanderers.

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Common’s AAHH Fest Is Returning To Union Park in September

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Two years ago, Common’s AAHH Fest — a day long music festival which took place at Union Park — was one of my favorite events of the now-incredibly-long festival season. Common’s day-long event boasted performances and appearances from Kanye West, Dave Chappelle, De La Soul, Twista, Lupe Fiasco, Jay Electronica, Jennifer Hudson and more.

Last year, many were bummed to find out the festival would not be returning — but the good news is that it’s back for 2016. This year’s AAHH Fest will take place on Sunday, September 25th at Union Park. Little is known about this year’s festival or its lineup, but early bird tickets are now for sale on Groupon. You can purchase a ticket right now for the low, low price of $55. 

Common’s reach is long and vast, so we can expect another spectacle in Union Park this year. We’re looking forward to seeing what he has up his sleeve. We’ll give you more details as they become available to us. But for now, this news is good news.

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Common, Gregory Porter & Keyon Harrold – Running (Refugee Song)

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As Eskay just shockingly pointed out, there are over 65 million refugees around the world — displaced by conflict, persecution or something even more sinister. Sometimes we forget how truly lucky we are, despite the US having it’s own fair share of issues.

That said, Common has joined forces with Gregory Porter and Keyon Harrold to raise awareness on this issue with the heartfelt “Running (Refugee Song).” Should you like to donate to this cause by downloading the track, you can do so here. 

Listen to the song and watch the stunning visual below. Learn something today.

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Video: Common, Malik Yusef & Kumasi – Trouble In The Water

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Directed by Manny Reel. Produced by Steven Walsh, Matt Goetz and Devon Gulati. Executive Produced by Andrew Barber and Burundi Partlow for Hip-Hop Caucus.

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of going to LA to work with Malik Yusef, Common and a host of other great minds to executive produce the music video for the eye-opening “Trouble In The Water.” The clip, that dropped in conjunction with Earth Day (which is today), deals with climate change, pollution and water contamination that’s currently plaguing the planet and going unnoticed by most of the general public.

These great artist’s came together to raise awareness on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the cover up, and explore a planet without water — where water pirates are in a constant power struggle with the government over who has access to clean water. This reality isn’t far fetched — trust that.

Rev. Yearwood from the Hip-Hop Caucus, King Chip, KD Aubert, Antonique Smith, Choklate, Laci Kay and Aaron Fresh all make appearances and/or feature. And you can now watch below.

The message is real and needs to be heard — so please share with your respective audiences.

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