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Common To Peform At The White House For Michelle Obama


Common will be returning to the White House this week, as he and others celebrate American Poetry.

On Wednesday (May 11th), Common will perform with Elizabeth Alexander, Aimee Mann, Jill Scott, Kenneth Goldsmith, Alison Knowles, Bill Collins and Rita Dove.

He is expected to take part in rap workshops with schoolchildren in the afternoon before performing in the evening.

Hosted by the first lady Michelle Obama, Common has drawn controversy, including  the wrath of Fox News.

The organization’s “Fox Nation” website labeled Common a “Vile” rapper over certain lyrics, citing Common’s poem “A Letter to the Law,” which he performed on Def Poetry Jam.

However despite the the labeling, the first lady still would love to have Common participate in the celebration as they reflect on American Poetry.


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  • I’m all for free expression … but this is certainly a first… bringing in a poet that had a poem that was considered violent towards the previous white house occupant. Either way, go Common!

  • Palin and FOX only say what they think their audience wants to hear as far as Neocon propaganda. This imprudent commentary has caused damage to the world view of America including critical comments such as this which expose not only racism and bigotry but the obtuse world-view of the people this kind of rhetoric seems fit to represent. I was compelled to create a visual commentary about this very thing on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/sarah-palin-made-me-do-it.html