Rapper and actor Common, fresh from his Selma Oscar and Golden Globe music wins, performs in Harlem with two exclusive performances of UP CLOSE & PERSONAL WITH COMMON at Madiba Harlem at MIST.
The recent event was a showcase of the performer through spoken word and music performances accompanied by a live band and singers. The show was a retrospective of Common’s career. His current album is the Grammy-nominated Nobody’s Smiling.
Common performed several of hits throughout his career including “The Light,” “Come Close,” “Testify,” “Universal Mind Control” and “Glory.”
“I like my performances to be like theater,” said Common.
A portion of the proceeds from UP CLOSE & PERSONAL WITH COMMON will be donated to the Common Ground Foundation, founded by Common, which works with urban Chicago youth through mentoring, education, careers and physical activity programs. He co-founded the organization with his mother, educator Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines, a former principal in Chicago Public Schools, who now serves on the Chicago Board of Education.
“I always believed that if we started with the youth then we would be planting the seeds for our future to blossom,” states Common on the Common Ground website. “Give the children a sense of hope, self-esteem, and love that will better the world. I think making a difference in the lives of others is life’s greatest purpose.”
Common won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Song, the 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the 2015 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards for his song “Glory” with John Legend from the 2014 film Selma. His portrayal as 1960s Civil Rights Movement leader James Bevel in Selma earned him the 2015 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture.