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Monday, March 04, 2024

Common to speak, perform Thursday at Phillips Center

UF students will soon have an uncommon opportunity.

Accent Speaker’s Bureau and Black History Month are bringing actor, singer and musician Common to the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Accent chairman Daniel Landesberg said he thinks the show will appeal to everyone.

“Common is an actor, philanthropist, rapper,” the 21-year-old UF telecommunication senior said. “He’s a cool guy, interesting person and an entertainer.”

The artist will be speaking, performing songs and holding a Q-and-A session. Common will be paid $38,000, which Landesberg said the artist might donate.

Landesberg said Common will be talking about his experiences as a black man, the causes he believes in and probably the entertainment industry.

Students can pick up two free tickets per Gator 1 Card starting at noon Wednesday at the Phillips Center box office.

The remaining tickets will be distributed to the general public at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Marlene Azer, a 20-year-old UF psychology sophomore, said she saw Common perform on MTV for Black History Month.

“He’s a powerful person,” she said. “He can grab people’s attention.”

[A version of this story ran on page 5 on 2/10/2014 under the headline "Common to speak, perform Thursday at Phillips Center"]

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