May 11: Common Recites Poetry At The White House. (2011)

May 11, 2011 – On This Date In Hip-Hop, despite some protest… Chicago’s own Common took part in a night of poetry at the White House. The invite came via Michelle Obama as part of a series highlighting American music and literature.

ABOVE: Common Brings Poetry To The White House

Why were people’s panties in a bunch? Some didn’t like the fact that Common big’d up Assata Shakur on his Like Water For Chocolate’s “A Song for Assata”. Shakur, a former Black Liberation Army member, is one of the FBI’s Most Wanted “Terrorists” for her alleged role in the murder of a New Jersey trooper and subsequent escape from Clinton Correctional facility.

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