Common First to Take Stage at the Convocation Lecture Series

OGDEN, Utah -- Grammy Award-winning rapper, actor and poet Common will present “Lessons of Life, The Human Spirit & Human Nature,” to kick off Weber State University’s Convocation Lecture Series on Sept. 16 at noon in the Shepherd Union Ballroom.

Common, who débuted in 1992 with the album “Can I Borrow a Dollar?,” won a Grammy in 2003 for Best R&B Song, “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop).” He received a second Grammy in 2008 for his collaboration with Kanye West on “Southside.” His music has been nominated and recognized by BET, Black Reel, Image and MTV. As an actor, Common has appeared in movies such as “Smokin’ Aces,” “American Gangster,” “Terminator Salvation” and “Date Night.”

Common is one of the first rap artists to pledge not to use degrading language towards homosexuals in his lyrics. He is also an active participant in the “Knowing is Beautiful” movement to raise HIV/AIDS awareness, as well as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

The presentation is free and open to the public.

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