Lonnie Rashid Lynn (born March 13, 1972), known by his stage name Common (formerly Common Sense), is an American rapper, actor, and writer. He debuted in 1992, with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar?, and gained critical acclaim with his 1994 album Resurrection. He maintained an underground following into the late 1990s. He achieved mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians.Common's first major-label album Like Water for Chocolate (2000), received commercial success. In 2003, he won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for the Erykah Badu single "Love of My Life". His 2005 album Be was also a commercial success and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Common received his second Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Southside" (featuring Kanye West), from his 2007 album Finding Forever. His best-of album, Thisisme Then: The Best of Common, was released in late 2007. In 2011, Common launched Think Common Entertainment, his own record label imprint, having previously released music under various other labels including Relativity, Geffen, and GOOD Music.Common won the 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song, for his song "Glory" from the 2014 film Selma, in which he co-starred as Civil Rights Movement leader James Bevel. Common's acting career also includes roles in the films Smokin' Aces, Street Kings, American Gangster, Wanted, Terminator Salvation, Date Night, Just Wright, Happy Feet Two, New Year's Eve, Run All Night, Being Charlie, Rex, John Wick: Chapter 2, Smallfoot and Hunter Killer. He also narrated the documentary Bouncing Cats, about one man's efforts to improve the lives of children in Uganda through hip-hop/b-boy culture. He starred as Elam Ferguson on the AMC western television series Hell on Wheels.
Common is a pescatarian and is both a Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bears fan. He is a Christian, attending Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. On May 4, 2019, Common served as Florida A&M University's spring commencement speaker and after his address, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree. While at FAMU, he studied in the School of Business and Industry.As of 2020, Common is in a relationship with comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish.
Common was born on March 13, 1972 at the Chicago Osteopathic Hospital in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, the son of educator and former principal of John Hope College Preparatory High School, Mahalia Ann Hines and former ABA basketball player turned youth counselor Lonnie Lynn. He was raised in the Calumet Heights neighborhood. Lynn's parents divorced when he was six years old, resulting in his father moving to Denver, Colorado. This left Lynn to be raised by his mother; however, his father remained active in his life, and was able to get Lynn a job with the Chicago Bulls as a teenager. Lynn attended Florida A&M University for two years under a scholarship and majored in business administration.
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Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize
An outstanding lineup of entertainers gathers in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to salute Dave Chappelle, recipient of the 22nd annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
A black ops assassin is forced to fight for her life after her job goes wrong.
Home Movie: The Princess Bride
The remake of 'The Princess Bride' features celebrities at home.
He told the country, "Yes We Can," but he walked into a cratering economy, faced two never-ending wars, confronted an epidemic of gun violence and met a surging partisan divide. Through the reflection...
Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices
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A Most Beautiful Thing
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The Price of Protest
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Tamron Hall is a former news host and journalist and she interviews people in thorough meaningful and entertaining conversations.
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Activate: The Global Citizen Movement
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At New York's annual Met Gala, a group of female thieves are recruited by a criminal mastermind to pull off the biggest jewelry theft of the century.
All About Nina
Her passion and talent have made her a rising star in the comedy scene, but she's an emotional mess offstage. She is forced to confront her troubled past when a new professional opportunity coincides ...
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Here and Now
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The Hate U Give
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John Wick: Chapter 2
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An account of the life of the brilliant jazz musician John Coltrane, a gifted saxophonist, an extremely talented thinker, and whose original, avant-garde work has impacted and influenced people all ov...
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A Happening of Monumental Proportions
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Misdirection: The Real Magic
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The Words That Built America
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Feel Rich: Health Is the New Wealth
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Love Beats Rhymes
A young woman dreams of making it big in the world of hip hop, but her parents want her to finish her degree, even though she dutifully completes her education.
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The Suicide Squad, an antihero team of incarcerated supervillains who act as deniable assets for the United States government, undertaking high-risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison ...
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Barbershop: The Next Cut
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Letter to the Free
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Two Trains Runnin'
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A White House concert and celebration in honor of the 8-year Presidency of Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama.
Black America Again
There is a celebration of the beauty, strength, perseverance and spirit of the Black community.
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Lip Sync Battle
Two people are performing. The co-hosting of the show had a commentary from a social media star. The battle begins after the microphone is off.
Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives
In 1998 The Source Magazine voted "The Best Hip Hop Radio Show of All-Time." The documentary film is the story of quirky friends who became unlikely legends by engaging their listeners and breaking th...
Run All Night
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The Wiz Live!
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Every Secret Thing
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Now You See Me
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The Odd Life of Timothy Green
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Happy Feet Two
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Hell on Wheels
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New Year's Eve
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A basketball player is being helped.
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The story of music and the music industry told through interviews with musicians, composers and producers across genres.
Brave New Voices 2010
The excitement and poetry of the Brave New Voices 2010 National Slam team championships is captured in this special.
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The father was killed by a group of assassins. After a leather-clad sexpot drafts him into the society, he hones his innate killing skills and becomes an avenger.
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Keeping Up with the Kardashians
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Notorious B.I.G.: Bigger Than Life
The greatest rapper to ever pick up a mic - with his velvety flow and unparalleled rhyme style he captivated everyone from Jay Z to Tupac. Now Notorious B.I.G. is revealed.
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I Love the '70s: Volume 2
I Love the '70s: Volume 2 is a television mini-series. The series was presented by VH1. The sequel to I Love the '70s was aired onVH1 from July 10, 2006 to July 14, 2006 at 8pm and 9pm.
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Black in the 80s
The Notorious B.I.G BET Official presents
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Wild N Out
The comedians are competing.
Dave Chappelle's Block Party
The American comedian talks about Hip Hop. A man from Ohio is moving to New York.
Kanye West: College Dropout - Video Anthology
A collection of music videos and behind the scenes footage released to promote Kanye West's upcoming debut album, College Dropout. The compilation features the videos to the previously unreleased "Two...
Letter to the President
Narrated By Snoop Dogg- Letter To the President is a feature documentary that showcases the close-knit ties between the Hip Hop Music community and America's social and political policy in the last 30...
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Real Time with Bill Maher
A panel of guests, including politicians, actors, comedians, musicians and the like, discuss what's going on in the world each week on the show hosted by Bill Maher.
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs on ABC.
Dave Chappelle's point of view is unleashed through a combination of sketches and stand-up.
The evolution of MC battles from verbal one-upmanship to street warfare is the subject of a documentary.
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Soul Food: The Series is a television drama that aired Wednesday nights on Showtime from June 28, 2000 to May 26, 2004. Created by filmmaker George Tillman, Jr. and developed for television by Felicia...
Girlfriends is an American comedy-drama sitcom that premiered on September 11, 2000, on UPN and aired on UPN's successor network, The CW, before being cancelled in 2008. The final episode aired on Feb...
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On ABC daytime's morning chat fest, the most exciting events of the day are being discussed. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are...
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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The biggest stories in news, politics and pop culture are discussed by The World's Fakest News Team.
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Late Night with Conan O'Brien
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity i...
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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
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LIVE with Kelly and Ryan
A morning talk show with A-list celebrity guests, top-notch performances and one-of-a-kind segments are unparalleled on daytime television.
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American Masters is a PBS television series which produces biographies on enduring writers, musicians, visual and performing artists, dramatists, filmmakers, and others who have left an indelible impr...
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Saturday Night Live
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...
Hate to See You Go
The story of Sonny Bell, an aging Chicago Blues musician, who refuses to retire and defiantly hits the road with his band for one last long-shot to keep doing the only thing that makes them all feel a...
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