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 at the box office.
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. In 2016, he appeared in the David Ayer’s high profile comic book movie, Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad. The film broke box office records both domestically and around the world. He was most recently seen opposite Keanu Reeves in the highly anticipated sequel John Wick: Chapter 2, released February 10, 2017.
Common recently wrapped production on Judy Greer’s directorial debut A Happening of Monumental Proportions with Allison Janney, as well as the action-thriller Hunter Killer opposite Gerard Butler, Billy Bob Thornton, and Gary Oldman. He will next be seen this summer in Bleecker Street’s Megan Leavey alongside Kate Mara, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford and Edie Falco. The film follows the true story of Marine Corporal Megan Leavey, who forms a powerful bond with an aggressive combat dog, Rex. Common also executive-produced Netflix’s upcoming drama Burning Sands and performs the closing credits original song “The Cross” featuring Lianne Le Havas. The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and is slated for a March 10 global release on Netflix.
Common’s 11th studio album, Black America Again, was released November 4, 2016 on ARTium/Def Jam Recordings. The album includes socially conscious new single, “Black America Again” featuring Stevie Wonder and the anthem “Letter to the Free,” the end-title track to Ava Duvernay’s powerful Oscar-Nominated documentary, 13th.
In 2017, the Monterey Jazz Festival will be showing a portion of Common's Black America Again in front of his appearance in the Arena.
Black America Again produced by Common, Derek Dudley, Shelby Stone, Erin Wile
Directed by Bradford Young
Cinematography: Bradford Young, Shawn Peters, Maceo Bishop, Jrr-kwesi Fanti
Editing and Sound Design: Marc Thomas
Executive Producer: Ava Duvernay
Children: Harlem Avent-Langston, Taj Coleman, Aamila Crawford, Maimouna Dial, Olukai Etienne-Young, Tezi Fluellen, Nyla Habimana, Zolani Maqubela, Abena Radford
©2016 Freedom Road Productions, Def Jam recordings