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Spike Lee Working On “Chiraq” Film

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Well, this is definitely going to get the chatter started. I’d heard Spike Lee was recently in Chicago meeting with people about a movie chronicling the streets of Chicago, but didn’t know it was going to actually be called ‘Chiraq’ — which appears to be the working title. It also appears that Spike is courting Kanye West and Common as potential stars for the film.

While no one has officially commented on this I do see this as being one polarizing project. Says The Wrap: 

Spike Lee is making his next movie for Amazon Studios and the Oscar-nominated filmmaker is courting Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Piven, Common and Kanye West for the ensemble cast of “Chiraq,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.

Representatives for Common and West did not respond to multiple requests for comment, while a representative for Amazon declined to comment.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but “Chiraq” became synonymous with Chicago as the city became increasingly plagued by gun violence in recent years.

Piven and West are both from Chicago, and the duo are in talks for the film, though neither has a deal in place yet. Piven’s involvement will depend on his eschedule, as he’s preparing to shoot another season of “Mr. Selfridge.”

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Chicago News

Common’s AAHH Fest To Return This Year

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For those of you who attended last year’s AAHH Fest at Union Park, sponsored by Common, then you know just how great of a festival it was. Com was able to bring out the heavy hitters, for an action-packed fun-filled day that was attended by some of Chicago’s best and brightest. It really was one of the highlights of festival season last year. Well, thankfully, it appears the AAHH Fest is coming back for year two — hopefully in late summer. The only question is, how will Common top last year’s lineup which included Dave Chappelle, Kanye West, Twista and Lupe Fiasco?

In an interview with Chicago Mag, Common revealed his plans for another AAHH Fest and confirmed it will be happening. No word on lineup, however.

You spent a lot of time involved with Chicago in 2014, with your last album and AAHH! Fest, whereas the first part of 2015 has been more Hollywood. What’s next?

I’ve been doing a lot of speaking engagements. We recently had the Common Ground Foundation Gala, where we raised money for my foundation, which is Chicago-based, for the youth. I’ve got some films that I’m gonna do, I have some music that I’m creating. And we are going to have an AAHH! Fest this year too.

Are you going to do anything differently this year?

Well, we’re hoping to grow, but if we can capture the spirit of last year and allow it to grow then that would be incredible. ‘Cause that was like—that was one of the best events I’ve been to in Chicago. I loved it, we loved it, even the performers loved it.

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Chicago

Video: Common Talks Oprah High Five Curve @ Oscars

The world watched last week as Common and John Legend took home their first-ever Oscars. But in the midst of celebration, one of the biggest names on the planet got curved: Oprah. Really, not really. But the viral video of Common’s high five snub made its rounds and was quite hilarious. Oprah did catch some hang time, though.

Nevertheless, last night Common addressed the legendary curve on Jimmy Kimmel Live. And of course, Com handled it like the true gentleman he is. Com also talks about Jay Z’s response to his big win. Required viewing.

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