Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and Grammy®-winning actor and musician, Common continues to break down barriers with a multitude of critically acclaimed, diverse roles, and continued success at the box office. He appeared on the big screen in Oscar®-nominated Selma, a film centered around the civil rights marches that changed America. Alongside John Legend, he won the Academy Award® and Golden Globe® in 2015 for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for “Glory,” featured in Selma.
Nelson George is an author and filmmaker who celebrates black culture in America. He is currently a producer and writer on Netflix's The Get Down and recently directed of the Lifetime movie The Real MVP. George's other directing credits include the theatrical documentary A Ballerina's Tale about Misty Copeland as well as docs for ESPN and VH1. He has written many non-fiction books on African-American life including "Hip Hop America" and "The Death of Rhythm & Blues." His next novel, "To Funk and Die in LA," will be published by Akashic Books in September. George was born in Brooklyn, New York.