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Rapper, Author and Actor Common to Kick Off 2011-2012 Lyceum Series
August 24, 2011

— Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumnus and Grammy Award-winning rapper Common will be making a return to his alma mater September 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall Auditorium to kick off the 2011-2012 Lyceum Series.

Known as the King of Conscious Hip Hop, Common will serve as a guest lecturer for the affair discussing his book titled One Day It’ll All Make Sense, which explores his upbringing and family relationships.

Tickets are now available through ticketmaster.com for $20, $10 and $5, depending on the location of the seats.

Common is considered one of music’s most poetic and respected lyricists. His introspective lyrics have pushed boundaries with their biting social commentary. 

In 2007, he launched the Common Ground Foundation, which is dedicated to the empowerment and development of urban youth in the United States. Common also offers a younger generation a better understanding of self-respect and love, utilizing the cultural relevance of hip hop in the children’s books he has written.  The first children’s book, titled The MIRROR and ME, teaches lessons of life, the human spirit and human nature. His follow-up book, I Like You But I Love Me, was recently nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and his third book, M.E. (Mixed Emotions), was released in 2008.

In January 2007, the rapper crossed over into movies and made his acting debut in the movie Smokin’ Aces. Subsequently, he starred opposite Queen Latifah in Just Wright, and co-starred in movies, American Gangster, Street Kings, Wanted and others.

Whether inspiring audiences through his music, his books, or his foundation, Common continues to break new ground, and remains one of hip hop’s most innovative and positive voices.

Other scheduled performances for the 2011-2012 Lyceum season include the Moscow Festival Ballet, the Clark Sisters, renowned musicians and more. Last year’s series featured poetess Maya Angelou, dancer Savion Glover, musician Nat Adderly Jr., violinists Black Violin and opera singer Kathleen Battle.
“The Lyceum Series is an essential part of Florida A&M University,” said FAMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Cynthia Hughes Harris, who chairs the Lyceum Committee.  “It is the university’s way to teach the students beyond the classroom and expose them to the arts and culture.  The Lyceum committee is looking forward to sharing these experiences with our faculty, staff, students, alumni and the Tallahassee community.”

The FAMU Lyceum Series has been a part of the FAMU tradition since the university’s early beginnings.  Throughout the history of the series, FAMU has enriched campus life and shared with the community the artists, performers and lecturers of the day.  
For more information about this year’s Lyceum Series, contact the FAMU Office of Communications at (850) 599-3413.

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