Common is only so hot!
The actor and thespian is a cover star for Rolling Out magazine and inside he touches several supportive subjects including being a black male in America, a Ferguson shootings and more.
He also talks about being a partial of a film that has been on everyone’s lips, ‘Selma’.
Read excerpts from his talk below:
On hip hop’s evolution: Hip-hop evolves and constantly grows. And, it’s gonna change. It’s relocating where a girl are moving. The girl lead hip-hop in many ways, though afterwards again — we still have artists like myself that have been around in hip-hop a prolonged time, putting out uninformed song and new sounds.
On usurpation a purpose in SELMA and operative with Ava DuVernay: I’m some-more than respected to be a partial of this. This is one of my many fulfilling moments in my life as an artist, actor and as a tellurian being. Dr. King and a onslaught is something that I’m really most connected to. And … when we do art like this, it’s an prolongation of what they did. We’re gripping that dream going. we come from a South Side of Chicago. It [has] a abounding story of Black culture. [Chicago] was detected by a Black man. The some-more we learn my history, a some-more we have adore for myself, adore for my village and we adore others. It’s not like we can’t adore your people, your village and adore others, too.
On being a Black Man In America: Getting to know opposite figures, either it’s Nat Turner, either it’s Malcolm X, either it’s Dr. King or Harriet Tubman — it only gives me some-more information on who we am and allows me to know that we can accomplish anything. And [it’s important] to know a origin that we come from. My father used to always contend that to me: ‘Your bloodline is strong.’ So I’m partial of a bloodline and to be means to know that gives me fuel for when things are difficult. So I’m only beholden to be a Black male in America today.
On SELMA and Ferguson……and CHANGE: We’ve come a prolonged way, we’ve got a prolonged approach to go. As distant as a change in this nation and some of a secular prejudices that exist [and] some of a abuse of power; we apparently feel like when we demeanour during some of a scenes in Selma, it’s not too distant a design from Ferguson, Missouri. That’s one [incident] privately — we can go directly to that and contend that we know that a immature male being killed during a hands of an officer or someone in management — like a state guard that shot Jimmie Lee Jackson or a policeman that shot Michael Brown. It’s not that large of a disproportion [between the] situations — this is 50 years after and we’re still fighting for justice. And a people of Ferguson are doing it in a pacifist way, that is really important. And really critical that we figure out what we need. And we consider Selma is so applicable since it’s art. It’s a film. But it also can outcome change and open a eyes of some teen that’s like ‘Man, they did all that. And we can be a partial of something that’s clever and have a value to my life that would meant something over my Instagram or over only my Twitter followers.
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