Common Conversations with COMMON

January 10, 2014 • 3:30 PM
UCI Bren Events Center

About the Program

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Common Conversations with COMMON,Grammy Award-winning recording artist, author, actor and philanthropist

Hosted by Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D.



With a multi-Grammy Award winning music career and critically acclaimed film, television and literary work, Common continues to break new ground as one of hip-hop’s most innovative, positive voices.

Common gained recognition when he partnered with fellow Chicago native Kanye West to produce the Grammy nominated album, Be; followed by Grammy winning album Finding Forever. He has also released Grammy nominated Universal Mind Control and The Believer, The Dreamer. He released the highly anticipated Cruel Summer as a member of G.O.O.D. Music along with Kanye West, John Legend, Pusha T, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, and Kid Cudi. Common plans to release his first mixtape this April and his tenth solo album in September.

Common’s film work includes Now You See Me, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, American Gangster, Wanted, Terminator Salvation, and Date Night. He also stars in the acclaimed AMC TV series, Hell on Wheels, as Elam, a freed slave seeking work on the Transcontinental Railroad in post-Civil War America.

In addition to his New York Times Best Selling memoir, One Day It’ll All Make Sense, Common has also written multiple children's books. The Mirror and Me, NAACP Image Award nominated I Like You But I Love Me, and M.E. (Mixed Emotions) offer the younger generation a better understanding of self-respect and love utilizing the cultural relevance of hip-hop.

In 2000, Common launched his philanthropic effort, The Common Ground Foundation dedicated to the empowerment and development of disadvantaged youth in urban communities by mentoring the areas of character development, creative expression and healthy living.

In addition to his music, film and literary pursuits, Common has partnered with some of the largest consumer brands in the country: as the voice of Gatorade’s G Series Sports Drink, the face of Diesel’s men’s fragrance Only the Brave, and as a designer for Microsoft’s Softwear t-shirt line.

Whether inspiring audiences through music, movies, television, books or his foundation, every aspect of Common’s life journey—the people, faith and events—has shaped him into the award winning, critically acclaimed conscious artist of today.

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