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Common Addresses Childhood Trauma in New Memoir ‘Let Love Have the Last Word’

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Hoping to give others the strength to address their traumas, Common revealed he endured sexual abuse as a child. The rapper/actor/activist hopes that by speaking candidly about his experience, others will come forward to lift the stigma.

Male sexual abuse is something that is rarely spoken of within the Black community and Common is hoping to change that. Through Twitter, Common shared that his decision to discuss his trauma came from the number of men who hide their pain. He stated:

“I talked about being molested because, as a Black man, many men have hidden that. Many people have hidden that. And you carry that weight with you. But at some point, you’ve got to let it go. I hope being open about my childhood trauma can give others the strength to do the same and help them on their healing journeys. “

He continued, “We all have experienced pain and suffering, It’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

Regarding what influenced his decision to come forward, Common says the realization he endured abuse as a child came while preparing for a role. Two years ago while preparing for “The Tale”, a film about child rape, Common had a revelation during a script reading with his costar.

Common recalled the experience in his memoir Let Love Have The Last Word. He wrote, “One day, while talking through the script with Laura, old memories surprisingly flashed in my mind. I caught my breath and just kept looping the memories over and over, like rewinding an old VHS tape…I said ‘Laura, I think I was abused.'”

After the incident, Common said he felt “a deep sudden shame”. While he has since forgiven his abuser, he stated that he is still working through his traumas with his therapist. The experience has emboldened him to “be a person who helps break cycles of violence.” He considers his new efforts “love in action” and has committed to helping others find the courage to navigate their pain.

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The Savoy Media Group Presents Memphis Majic

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THE WEAVING OF DANCE AND HISTORY ARE BOLDLY INTERTWINED IN A RELEVANT REFLECTION OF OUR TIMES IN THIS MASTERFUL DOCUMENTARY! 

Memphis Majic Trailer

MEMPHIS MAJIC, by Emmy-nominated Director Eddie Bailey, takes a look at the City of Memphis through the lens of a 30-year old Memphis-born street dance called Jookin! Featuring street dance superstar, Lil Buck, MEMPHIS MAJIC seamlessly connects urban dance, Hip-Hop, politics, and history that reveals how one of America’s most important cities was built. Memphis Majic is a universal story that bridges the gap between generations and gets to the heart of the human spirit. 

WHAT THE PEOPLE ARE SAYING:

“A MUST SEE documentary. Memphis Majic is fascinating…”

Neil Rosen, CUNY TV

“Memphis Majic is a revelation!…”

Warren Hudlin, Vice Chairman – Museum of Moving Image

Lil Buck – Memphis Majic

MEMPHIS MAJIC debuted on February 19, 2019 as a part of Black History Month celebrations on iTunes, Google Play and Video On Demand. It is also available on Amazon Prime.

Director Eddie Bailey is available for interviews: 

Atlanta – January 10-12, 2020 

Los Angeles – January 16-20, 2020 

New York- January 27-31, February 1-15, 2020

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Karol Sanchez, 16, Staged Kidnapping Says Law Enforcement

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In a case that gripped New York City, a law enforcement source says Karol Sanchez, a 16 year-old girl, faked her own kidnapping with the help of four male accomplices. 

Monday, December 16, Sanchez was seen on surveillance footage being dragged into a car by two unknown men after walking down a New York City street with her mother. NYPD reported the two were approached by a beige 4-door sedan out of which two men got out, dragged the girl into the vehicle, and pushed her mother down to the ground. Tuesday morning state police  issued an Amber Alert for her disappearance citing a reasonable belief that she was in imminent danger, but Tuesday afternoon, Sanchez popped up at the crime scene and identified herself to nearby patrolmen. 

Witnesses describe the teenager crossing the street to a cop car and then talking with police at the scene. The NYPD 40th Precinct tweeted on Tuesday “WE HAVE A VICTORY TODAY !! Karol has been found !!! Thank you to all who have worked very hard to track down the people involved in this case !!!” 

Now, sources are saying Sanchez admitted to staging her own kidnapping in response to her family considering leaving the U.S. for Honduras, their native home. The girl apparently wanted to stay in America and became unhappy with her mother following this dispute. 

Charges have not yet been filed and NYPD stresses that this investigation is ongoing.

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Burna Boy Discuss Beyoncé, Grammys, Recording “Ye” and More on TIDAL’s Rap Radar

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Today, Grammy nominated-rapper Burna Boy sits down with Elliott Wilson & Brian “B.Dot” Miller on TIDAL’s Rap Radar Podcast to discuss his international success. The African Giant singer delves into the interesting journey that led him to attain the only solo track on Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift production, being managed by his mom, afro-identity, and why he’s not planning a Grammy speech. Burna Boy also shares a special BTS glimpse – the “Ye” record that cast a global spotlight on him was written in 10 minutes at the club.

Fans can tune into the episode here: TIDAL.com/RapRadar

The “Rap Radar” podcast adds to TIDAL’s growing podcast network, which includes a variety of series hosted by some of the most trusted and influential names in music. From Fat Joe’s “Coca Vision” and Joey Bada$$’s “47 Minutes” –  TIDAL is on the pulse of music culture.

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