Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Last week we saw Common bring out Mike Brown’s parents in an emotional performance and tribute during the 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards. Recent tragedies such as the murder of 18-year old Mike Brown have urged artists, such as Common, to speak publicly about the injustices faced by communities in America.  This December, we’ll see hip-hop and activism collide on the big screen in Paramount Pictures’ Selma,  as Common portrays James Bevel, a leader who spear-headed the monumental 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement.
Check out the full image of the rapper below:


“Hip Hop has always been about truth and it’s been a powerful instrument of social change” -Common
As previously reported, Selma  is directed by Ava DuVernay and features an all-star cast including David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey as James Orange, Dylan Baker as J. Edgar Hoover, Colman Domingo as Ralph David Abernathy, Ledisi as Mahalia Jackson, and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper.
Selma  opens to limited theaters on December 25 and nationwide on January 9, 2015.

Photo Credits: Twitter/Ava Duvernay and Allied