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2011 was a surprisingly controversial year for the peaceful poet and Chicago icon Common. He was invited to read at the White House and was called a “thug” by conservative commentators based off of lyrics in one of his songs. Then, he had some public beef with the venerable Maya Angelou over his use of the n-word.
He spoke to Brian Babylon and Molly Adams about how 2012 should be a little less tense: his Common Ground Foundation which promotes literacy, health, and leadership with kids is kicking off it’s third year with a gala and fundraiser here in Chicago.