Rapper/actor/producer Common returned to his native Chicago Sept. 10 for the screening of his Sundance Film Festival-nominated independent movie “LUV,” which is short for “Learning Uncle Vincent.” Common plays the titular role, an ex-con who tries to serve as a father figure to his nephew but instead exposes him to gun violence, drugs and more. “Unfortunately, in this film you see love in a way that’s not healthy. He wants to love his nephew in the best way, but he doesn’t know how to give it,” Common says of his character. The screening, held at the Showplace ICON Theater (150 W. Roosevelt), was sold out, proving once again that Chicagoans love Common. “The support I get from Chicago is phenomenal; it’s inspiring. I’m grateful,” Common says. The proceeds from the screening benefited the Common Ground Foundation, dedicated to giving youth positive opportunities.
Story by Katerina Bizios | Photos by Ramzi Dreessen