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UNION, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s Kean University has cancelled hip-hop artist 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 school announced the Academy Award winner’s selection on Monday, but said on its social media sites on Tuesday night that he would not be the speaker.
University spokeswoman Susan Kayne told The Record (http://bit.ly/1yzl3Zi ) newspaper the announcement was made prematurely.
Common won the Academy Award for composing the song “Glory” for the 2014 film “Selma.”
Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric talked to Common who not only acted in the new movie 'Selma' about the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights march, he also teamed up with award-winning musician John Legend to record the film’s Golden Globe-nominated ballad, 'Glory.'
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