Virgin Mobile celebrated the opening of its first retail store in Chicago last night with entertainer Common and his philanthropy organization the Common Ground Foundation with a sold out benefit concert and poetry reading (in Chicago) to aid The Night Ministry, "a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, health care and human connection to members of our community struggling with poverty or homelessness".
Common performs at the From The Ground Up Benefit Concert:
Common greets fans at the Virgin Mobile store in Chicago:
Common awards money, and listens to a poetry reading at the Virgin Mobile store in Chicago:
Common on why he partnered with Virgin Mobile:
Common on his new projects- including a new album, his TV show "Hell on Wheels" his movies "The Odd Life As Timothy Green", "Luv" and more!
Common on his philanthropy organization, the Common Ground Foundation's 1st annual summer camp- Common's Dreamers and Believers, which is taking place in Wisconsin this August:
For more exclusive footage from Common's concert in Chicago on Thursday, July 26th and to hear Common talk about his experience at the Sundance Film Festival and more, be sure to visit: http://YouTube.com/CandieAnderson.
All images courtesy of Virgin Mobile and Common.