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Common, hip-hop artist coming off his Academy Award for composing the song ‘Glory’ for the 2014 film ‘Selma.  New Jersey’s Kean University has cancelled Common as commencement speaker after police voiced concerns over a song about a woman convicted of killing a police officer who fled to Cuba. ‘The students expressed interest in Common because he composed the Oscar winning song ‘Glory’ with our prior commencement speaker John Legend, ‘Kayne said. ‘While we respect his talent, Kean is pursuing other speaker options.’ New Jersey State Police were trouble by the choice because of lyrics in Common’s 2000 recording ‘A Song For Assata. ‘The song is about Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, and was convicted in 1977 for killing Trooper Werner Foerster in 1073.

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