FAMU’s Lyceum Program Featuring Common Has Been Canceled

By: FAMU Press Release
By: FAMU Press Release

[UPDATE] 12-8 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –

Florida A&M University (FAMU) Lyceum Series committee announces that the Lyceum event scheduled for Saturday, December 10 featuring rapper, actor and author Common has been canceled.

Individuals who purchased ticket(s) through Ticketmaster.com may visit a local Ticketmaster outlet for a refund. Individuals who purchased their ticket(s) at FAMU’s Ticket Office can receive a refund at the Ticket Office located in the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium, 1800 Wahnish Way, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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[UPDATE] 9-21

Florida A&M University Lyceum Series committee announces that the Lyceum event scheduled for Wednesday, September 28 featuring rapper, actor and author Common has been postponed until later this fall.

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Tallahassee, FL -

Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumnus and Grammy Award-winning rapper Common will be making a return to his alma mater September 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall Auditorium to kick off the 2011-2012 Lyceum Series.

Known as the King of Conscious Hip Hop, Common will serve as a guest lecturer for the affair discussing his book titled One Day It’ll All Make Sense, which explores his upbringing and family relationships.

Tickets are now available through ticketmaster.com for $20, $10 and $5, depending on the location of the seats.

Common is considered one of music’s most poetic and respected lyricists. His introspective lyrics have pushed boundaries with their biting social commentary.

In 2007, he launched the Common Ground Foundation, which is dedicated to the empowerment and development of urban youth in the United States. Common also offers a younger generation a better understanding of self-respect and love, utilizing the cultural relevance of hip hop in the children’s books he has written. The first children’s book, titled The MIRROR and ME, teaches lessons of life, the human spirit and human nature. His follow-up book, I Like You But I Love Me, was recently nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and his third book, M.E. (Mixed Emotions), was released in 2008.

In January 2007, the rapper crossed over into movies and made his acting debut in the movie Smokin’ Aces. Subsequently, he starred opposite Queen Latifah in Just Wright, and co-starred in movies, American Gangster, Street Kings, Wanted and others.

Whether inspiring audiences through his music, his books, or his foundation, Common continues to break new ground, and remains one of hip hop’s most innovative and positive voices.

Other scheduled performances for the 2011-2012 Lyceum season include the Moscow Festival Ballet, the Clark Sisters, renowned musicians and more. Last year’s series featured poetess Maya Angelou, dancer Savion Glover, musician Nat Adderly Jr., violinists Black Violin and opera singer Kathleen Battle.

“The Lyceum Series is an essential part of Florida A&M University,” said FAMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Cynthia Hughes Harris, who chairs the Lyceum Committee. “It is the university’s way to teach the students beyond the classroom and expose them to the arts and culture. The Lyceum committee is looking forward to sharing these experiences with our faculty, staff, students, alumni and the Tallahassee community.”

The FAMU Lyceum Series has been a part of the FAMU tradition since the university’s early beginnings. Throughout the history of the series, FAMU has enriched campus life and shared with the community the artists, performers and lecturers of the day.

For more information about this year’s Lyceum Series, contact the FAMU Office of Communications at (850) 599-3413.


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  • by Crystal Location: Tallahassee on Sep 21, 2011 at 12:30 PM
    YES!!! The Clark Sisters! Excited about that one!
  • by robert on Sep 21, 2011 at 12:27 PM
    great example of modern american literary scholar is speaking at FAMU -- NOT-- he is a dope smoking, women degrading, violence promoting thug and nothing else. as a black man and a FAMU grad i am again ashamed of what FAMU my school does and who they promote. shame, shame.
  • by Common? on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:43 AM
    Is the photo missing the caption? His name isn't 'Common' is it?
  • by catherwood Location: heart of the country on Aug 26, 2011 at 05:37 AM
    Such a fine example for all those young minds. Check out, for example, some of his lyrics which show the depth of his thinking: Girl...ooh, you look uh! You're the type of thick that I cain't give up What's your name? I cain't hear ya Will it be alright if I called you Suga? You could call me Smokey , I'll be the Bear Your smell is sexy, it's all in the air Whatcha got girl? It's so unfair I like the way you move so keep it right there or you can do what you wanna do I'm just glad I'm in front of you But I don't mind bein behind 'cause I'ma touch you where the sun don't shine! Got my hand on the money while you on the grind In tune with you, 'cause you so fine And when you wine it's genu-wine Get on my vine and we can climb You have to wonder what the world is coming to.
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