Maverick Speakers Series: Common
Common: An evening with Common
Grammy and Academy Award-Winning Artist & Activist
Common is an American hip-hop recording artist, actor, film producer, poet, and activist from Chicago. He's renowned for his roles in films such as Selma, Barbershop and John Wick 2; his lasting influence on hip-hop culture, and his recurring role in the Showtime series he and Lena Waithe executive produce, The Chi.
He starred in a number of films in 2018, including the animated Warner Bros’ Smallfoot and the critically acclaimed Fox film The Hate U Give. Up next he will be seen in the action film The Informer; The Kitchen with Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elizabeth Moss; and Eve opposite Jessica Chastain.
In 2011, Common launched Think Common Entertainment, his own record label imprint, and has released music under various other labels such as Relativity, Geffen, and GOOD Music, among others. Common was nominated for an Oscar, a Grammy, and an NAACP Image Award for his song Stand Up For Something, which he co-wrote with Diane Warren.
Throughout his career, he has been nominated 16 times for the Grammys, winning three. He won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his work in Selma. The song “Glory” written and performed by Common and American singer John Legend won the award for Best Original Song at the 87th Annual Academy Awards (2015) as well as the 72nd Golden Globe Awards.
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