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V Exclusive! Common Reflects on the Highs and Lows of His Career

Common's ninth studio album The Dreamer, The Believer was released today and it serves up twelve tracks of classic tunes from the Chi-town MC. In VIBE's October/November 2011 issue, the rapper revealed some of the highs and lows that occurred throughout his career. Check out the full article from the magazine below.

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- When I hear myself rapping at 19, I had the raw element but the skill wasn’t there. Can I Borrow a Dollar? is my least favorite album. It was young and fun, but I can hear  the amateur aspect.
- Some people say you curse your relationship when you put it out there. Erykah [Badu] told me, “We shouldn’t talk about our relationship.” I wouldn’t do that again. When something is sacred to you, you don’t use it for exploitation.
- I ain’t into knocking young artists. But there’s been music that makes me go, “Who said that was dope?” I used to have a board of homies who’d be like, “That’s wack.” You need people around to tell you the truth.
- My worst [acting performance] was the “Retrospect for Life” video with Lauryn Hill. She tried to coach me on how to keep it natural. You gotta know you can do the job. I was nervous, so it translated.
- [With Electric Circus], I’m such a dreamer that I thought everybody was where I was—I was listening to Jimi Hendrix. A lot of people said, “I ain’t feeling that shit.” I wasn’t used to it. That’s a scary feeling when people write you off.


+ I gained new respect during my feud with Ice Cube. Dudes still approach me, like, “That was one of the hardest diss records ever.” You got to see me defend mine and not take no bullshit.
+ I learned from my relationships with Serena Williams and Erykah to be as honest as possible. And know what you want. I know if I’m not into somebody—meaning it’s not going toward marriage—you can say, “This person is great to date.” It’s okay to have relationships you’re still
learning from.
+ There was a Coca-Cola deal I didn’t want to do. It caused a big stir among my team to the point where my mother called me, like, “You need to do this.” I turned it down. Then Coca-Cola doubled the money. I said, “I’ll do it under my parameters.” As much as I want to do art, I also gotta be a great businessman.
+ Politics didn’t feel like it was built for me and my kind. Now, the way I can chop it up with older white dudes I would normally think were prejudice but Obama’s their hero—that’s a bridge.
+ It’s hard to bite me. My style on “Come Close” isn’t the same as “The Bitch in Yoo.” I rap from my soul. If I were a singer, I’d be Marvin Gaye, D’Angelo, Stevie Wonder. It’s hard to bite somebody’s soul.—As told to Hillary Crosley and Clover Hope

Make sure you go out and purchase Common's new album "The Dreamer, The Believer" today, pick up his new memoir "One Day It'll All Make Sense" and tune in to AMC's new western television show "Hell on Wheels."

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A hilarious old video of Oprah Winfrey making an uncomfortable face as she dives into a piece of unseasoned chicken has been circulating the Internet all week. While these sort of silly videos wouldn't usually garner a response from the billionaire, Oprah surprised everyone when she shared a video explaining the chicken-eating experience and her initial reaction.

To give you some context, the video is a clip from The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006, in which O invited her guest Anna Ginsberg to make her award-winning chicken dish. After one bite, it became clear that Oprah wasn't too pleased with the chicken's bland taste. She even asked at the time if she could add a little seasoning.

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Now, more than 10 years later, Oprah is setting the record straight. In her new video posted on Instagram on Thursday (Dec. 13), she noted that she likes to provide a pleasurable experience for her guests but also live in her truth. On that particular day, she was presented with a dilemma. "I was having a moment of trying to decide: Do I want her to have a great time? What is my real moment of truth?" she said. "Because the truth for me was that I'm used to having salt and pepper on my chicken. That's just the truth...That's what I was thinking, 'This chicken needs some salt and pepper.'"

So that's that; Oprah has spoken. She may have played it off at the time, but like many others, she would prefer her chicken with seasoning.


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'Sesame Street' Praised For The Inclusion Of Homeless Character

Sesame Street continues its crusade to include statement-making characters on their block. This time around, families will be introduced to Lily, the show’s first homeless character.

According to USA Today, Lily- an adorable hot pink, red haired puppet- was first introduced to the show in 2011, but in new online clips, Lily opens up about being homeless and staying with friends.

"Now we don't have our own place to live, and sometimes I wonder if we'll ever have our own home," she says to Elmo in one clip. In her initial appearances on the show, Lily discusses her family’s food insecurities, meaning they didn’t have much to eat.

“We know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating cycle of trauma – the lack of affordable housing, poverty, domestic violence, or other trauma that caused them to lose their home, the trauma of actually losing their home, and the daily trauma of the uncertainty and insecurity of being homeless,” said Sherrie Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop.

“We want to help disrupt that cycle by comforting children, empowering them, and giving them hope for the future," she continues. "We want them to know that they are not alone and home is more than a house or an apartment – home is wherever the love lives.”

In recent years, Sesame Street has introduced a slew of ground-breaking new characters, including Julia, a puppet with autism, and Alex, a character whose father is incarcerated.

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Cardi B To Join James Corden On A Forthcoming "Carpool Karaoke" Segment

Your rapper’s favorite rapper Cardi B is slated to make her debut on “Car Pool Karaoke” with James Corden, Billboard reports. The Late Late Show host teased the upcoming episode, which airs Monday (Dec.17) via Instagram along with a small schedule of the show’s upcoming guests.


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Here’s what the next two weeks look like on the @latelateshow! Seeing the year out with a bang x x x

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In addition to the “Money” rapper, Amber Heard and Armie Hammer will also appear on the same episode. Corden is closing out the last leg of 2018 strong by having a slew of other prominent stars on the show on the last week before the program goes on break for the holidays. The likes of Gwen Stefani, RuPaul, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, Leah Remini, Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others will be featured on the show after Bardi’s Monday episode.

To say the least, we're sure the British talk show host and the newly minted Grammy-nominated rapper are going to have the time of their lives.

The 26-year-old's now estranged husband Offset, along with the other members of Migos were guests on the beloved show. Joining Corden as he drove through the streets of Los Angeles, the trio performed a slew of hits including "Walk It Talk It"  while also giving a nod of praise to past hits, including Whitney Houston's "Wanna Dance With Somebody."

With all the fun Migos had with Corden, we can only imagine what shenanigans James and Belcalis are going to get into.

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