Common presented the Social Justice Award at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival

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The legendary Chicago Common rapper received the Harry Belafonte Voices for Social Justice Award on Wednesday, June 15 at 2022 Tribeca Film Festival for her social justice and advocacy work.

The award was presented by actor Robert De Niro, who co-founded the film festival in 2002.

On Instagram, the Chicagoan wrote, “Tonight I received the Harry Belafonte Voices for Social Justice Award and was introduced to me by one of the greatest of all time: Robert De Niro. Thank you, @tribeca for all the love. #tribeca2022

While presenting the award, De Niro said, “As an artist Common continues to entertain us and as an activist he continues to lead in many areas. Common – despite its modest name – has achieved great feats.

On The Tribeca websitehe says, “Common continues to break down barriers with a host of diverse, critically acclaimed roles, and continued success in all aspects of his career.”

He continues, “Having starred in numerous film and television projects, Common has worked behind the scenes as an executive producer and on several soundtracks for which he received Oscar, Grammy, NAACP and Critic Choice Award nominations. Common has dedicated countless hours and has been deeply committed to social justice and advocacy work around mass incarceration, mental health, and voting.

Tribeca also congratulated Common on launching the nonprofit. imagine justicewho uses art to defend communities, and his Common Ground Foundationwho wants to help high school students in underserved communities by providing educational programs in Chicago.

When asked how he grew to have a passion for activism, Common replied, “My mother was a teacher. She showed me activism without showing it to me. She took the kids after school and made sure they were part of certain programs. And it was all natural. But it was activism.