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Award-Winning Artist, Actor, Producer, Musician & Writer

Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Grammy-winning actor and musician, Common continues to break down barriers with a multitude of critically acclaimed, diverse roles, and continued success on the charts and at the box office.

Common rose to prominence as one of hip hop’s most poetic and respected lyricists with the release of his debut album "Can I Borrow a Dollar?" in 1992. Often known for his thoughtful, verbose lyricism and exploration of varied sounds, he has recorded 12 studio albums and earned a multitude of honors, including the Grammy Awards.

He appeared on the big screen in the Oscar nominated film, "SELMA", a film centered around the civil rights marches that changed America. Alongside John Legend, he won the Academy Award and Golden Globe in 2015 for “Best Original Song in a Motion Picture” for “Glory” which was featured in the film and was honored with an NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. His numerous accomplishments in film include starring on the silver screen in "Smokin Aces", "Just Wright", "Now You See Me", "Being Charlie", "Girls Trip", "The Hate U Give", and "The Kitchen".

Common recently added to this list of accomplished written works with his revealing memoir, "One Day It’ll All Make Sense", which made the prestigious New York Times bestseller list upon release. Every aspect of his life’s journey was unveiled in this deeply personal account of who Common is and the people, faith and events that have shaped and molded him into the award-winning, critically acclaimed conscious artist of today.

Common is the founder of the Common Ground Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to empower underprivileged youth to be strong citizens and citizens of the world. The foundation includes programs dedicated to leadership development & empowerment, educational development, creative expression, as well as a book club.

Common is a regularly requested guest speaker known to motivate and empower collegiate minds while speaking at prestigious universities across the country. In 2000, he launched his own philanthropic effort, The Common Ground Foundation, whose mission is dedicated to the empowerment and development of disadvantaged youth in urban communities by mentoring in three areas: character development, creative expression and healthy living.

Whether inspiring audiences through music, movies, television, books or his foundation, Common continues to break new ground, and remains to be one of hip-hop’s most innovative, positive voices.

Speech Topics

Lessons of Life, the Human Spirit, & Human Nature

Common Ground: Empowering Urban Youth

Someday It'll All Make Sense: Catching Up with Common


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Would the Glory rapper rather be roasted by Kevin Hart or get in the ring with Dwayne Johnson?! Find out!

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