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How Prosecutors Contribute to Mass Incarceration

A new animated video from Color of Change anchors the group’s 100 Days of Justice campaign to hold reform-minded prosecutors accountable.

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Common Brings Zora Neale Hurston's 'Barracoon' to TV

He will adapt the long-unreleased book, about the last known enslaved person to survive the Middle Passage, into a limited series.

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Common to Star in RZA-Produced 'Black Samurai' Series on Starz

The upcoming action series draws from Marc Olden’s novel, “Black Samurai,” which was previously adapted as a Blaxploitation film of the same name.

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WATCH: Serena Williams and Common Discuss Racism and Loving Their Blackness

The tennis great and MC dive deep for nearly an hour in ESPN’s “The Undefeated In-Depth: Serena With Common.”

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3 Questions With Ma Dukes Yancey-Smith, the Torchbearer of J. Dilla's Legend

Yancey-Smith’s children’s book about her late son, “The Life Story of James Dewitt Yancey,” is out now. We asked the woman behind the production hero’s namesake foundation about the new book and her son’s place in Black history.

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Relive the Hits From the Badass Women Featured at This Year's 'Hip Hop Honors'

VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens” featured performances from Queen Latifah, Lil Kim and Eve.

Stephanie Mills and Shanice Williams Sing 'Home,' Give You Life

The originator and the newbie got together and killed Mill’s signature song from “The Wiz.”

'Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star' Turns 17 Today

The legendary album harkens back to a time when duos ruled hip-hop and these two ubiquitous stars represented the vanguard. 

Common Addresses the Latest Flap Over "Song for Assata"

Kean University cancelled his commencement speech after protest by New Jersey State Troopers, but the artist stands by the song. 

ICYMI: Common (Non)sense

Twitter rips Common’s fix for white racism in America.

Common to White Americans: 'I Love You, Let's Move Past This'

Rapper-turned-actor stars in the civil rights movement on screen and in real life.

John Legend, Common Add 'Glory' to SELMA Soundtrack

It’s their protest song.

Kanye West, Common Team Up With Chicago Urban League to Create Youth Jobs

It’s an initiative that they say will create 20,000 jobs for young people in the city.

Common Performs for Black Workers in the South

Friday’s concert also features veteran activist Danny Glover