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Concert Featured Surprise performances by Kanye West, Queen Latifah
Heavy D and Mos Def to Benefit the Common Ground Foundation


September 27, 2009 (LOS ANGELES) –The Common Ground Foundation held its second annual “Common & Friends” concert at the famed Hollywood Palladium Saturday night. The show, sponsored by Hennessy Artistry with additional sponsor support from American Airlines, Best Buy @15, Diesel and William Morris Endeavor, raised funds for the foundation, created by Grammy-Award winning hip-hop artist and actor, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, best known as Common.

The concert featured live performances from Common, The Roots, Nas, De La Soul, Ludacris, Queen Latifah, Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Heavy D. while Freddy Rodriguez, Garth Trinidad, Rasual Butler, Toccara Jones, Serena Williams, Amber Rose, Erica Hubbard, Alyssa Milano, Eva Amurri and Ian Ziering were all in attendance to support the Common Ground Foundation.

“I am very grateful and thankful to all who attended and supported the 2nd annual Common Ground Foundation event. To all the gifted artists that participated – I thank you for giving your time, energy, and creativity,” said Common. “To all the sponsors, thank you for your ongoing commitment to the progress of the future of our youth. God bless… Love.”

The Common Ground Foundation continues to show support through partnerships, events and programs reaching many dynamic groups. Recent initiatives have included being the recipient of Cartier’s LOVE Charity program; the Chicago White Sox’s “Be in the Game” day at Cellular Field; and the Emmy-award nominated “A Minute” campaign. Last year’s inaugural event, “Start the Show & Bowl” featured, Lupe Fiasco, The Roots, Talib Kweli, Bilal, and Marsha Ambrosius.

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About The Common Ground Foundation

The Common Ground Foundation is committed to the empowerment and development of urban youth in the United States. The Foundation’s vision serves as an inspiration for equality, opportunity and hope among youth in underserved communities. For more information, please visit


NYE features photos and blogs rollin’ in…Fusicology’s Founder, Asya Shein, Kiss N Grind spent New Years event in the Hollywood Hills at a gorgeous castle event Fusicology and sponsored with DJs Garth Trinidad, Vikter Duplaix and the lovely Rashida who DJs for Prince who also attended the event with his entourage along with other notables like Talib Kweli, Res, Dj Eque, Graph Nobel and a slew of pretty looking LA folks. The food was phenomenal, southern cooking at it’s best, along with the best desserts a VIP ticket can by, going beautifully with the champagne flowing all night courtesy of Barefoot Wine.

Jocelyne Ninneman, an editor and contributor at Fusicology, blogs about her NYE in Philly:

Went to’s Back2Basics Monday night NYE edition w/Rich Medina & Dozia. Brought my conservative lil brother along to dwntn Philly so he could see what his crazy big sis does…. surprised tha crap outta Rich, as he had to stop mixing a Fela Kuti record to do a triple-take & then mouth “WTF?!” …are YOU doing here?!” as I did my thang on the dancefloor…. later he mentions that he thought he saw someone he knew, but outta place for like an hour or more, and then finally realized he wasn’t crazy…. and it WAS me – the “dancfloor fairy, or something – showin up on random dancefloors…” – excited that he’s about to be a daddy in a few weeks, hoping for a boy, and got 6 names already picked out… meanwhile, Tayyib from was all dressed up tux & all as he was – and I quote – “Gary Coleman, but hottt.” !