Common f/ Stevie Wonder – Black America Again

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Produced by Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper

Featuring Stevie Wonder. Esperanza Spalding on bass. Scratches by J Rock. Strings by Patrick Warren and ad libs from Chuck D and MC Lyte.

A few weeks back, Common dropped by Windy City Live to premiere a verse from his powerful new single “Black America Again” — which just so happens to be the title track from his forthcoming album of the same, dropping via Artium/Def Jam later this year.

This record comes at the perfect time, as Black America is currently under attack — by politics, police and a corrupt system. Com is using his platform to spread awareness and share history, and let the people know where he stands. Real rap for a real time. Watch the clip and hear the song for the first time below. AAHH Fest tickets are available right here for Sunday’s show.

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Common Celebrates Black Women with his New Documentary ‘Love Star’

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To follow up the release of his new single, “Love Star,” which dropped last week — Common has joined forces with Essence to release a documentary celebrating his love for black women. It’s all about black love in this 10 minute piece, which you can now watch below.

The love between Black men and Black women is truly like no other and talented Hip Hop veteran Common is looking to bring that feeling to the forefront of the music conversation again with a new mini documentary titled, “Love Star.” Check out the exclusive premiere of the short film below and keep reading to hear what Common told us about the magical process behind putting together this introspective celebration of Black love.

Named after his most recent single and inspired by his unforgettable performance at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival, Common says his goal for the Love Star project was a simple one: to honor Black women from the perspective of a Black man. “When I wrote the song, I was thinking about when you really love a person,” the Chicago lyricist tells ESSENCE. “I thought about when I love a woman and I can enjoy her, but at the same time she can enjoy me and we can have fun and laugh. But then there’s also a real bond that’s there that has spirituality, growth, support and integrity connected in it. We’re willing to make mistakes, but we’re there for each other; that’s true love.”

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Common Premieres New Single “Black America Again” on Windy City Live

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On the season 6 premiere of Windy City Live, Common dropped by to talk about a number of subjects including his upcoming AAHH Fest (September 24-25 at Union Park) and gave viewers and fans an early listen of his new single, “Black America Again.” The powerful track deals with the current racial issues and injustices taking place in the United States right now. Com’s new single, which he spit a capella, is a much needed and refreshing track — using his platform to spread awareness to the masses.

Watch and spread the word below. No word on when Com’s new album is set to drop, but I hear he’s been hard at work in the lab with Robert Glasper, No I.D. and others. Perhaps a 4Q release?

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J. Cole, Jeremih, The Roots, Vic Mensa, The Internet, Taylor Bennett, Tink & More To Headline Common’s AAHH Fest


Update 2: J. Cole has just been announced as the official headliner of the festival. Things just got very serious. Cole’s fans are some of the most dedicated I’ve ever seen, so expect a good turnout. Grab tix here while they’re still avail.

Update: Vic Mensa, The Roots (with a special guest), Bilal and Malik Yusef have been added to the bill. It’s shaping up nicely…

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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