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Common REVEALS What He Learned From His Exes Erykah Badu & Serena Williams

NY Times Bestselling Author Common recently sat with BlackEnterprise.com to talk about what he's learned from his former lovers Erykah Badu and Serena Williams.  Get the deets inside....

Common recently sat for an in-depth interview about his memoir, One Day It'll All Make Sense, that covered his successful rap career and looked at what he has learned about himself from the women--specifically Erykah Badu and Serena Williams--he's been romantically linked to as an adult.  Here are the highlights:

Which chapter of your book resonates most with you?

My open letter to [my ex-girlfriend, singer] Erykah [Badu] is a chapter in my life that resonates with me. It was a time of reflection. I learned a lot about Rashid Lynn when I was with Erykah. During our relationship, I often chose to think, I’ll chill and let other people get their way, because that’s just who I was in all of my relationships with friends and family. I’d choose to take a [backseat], and getting to see that in myself while she and I were together was enlightening. I eventually realized I don’t need to be that person. I learned to speak my mind and be the man I’m supposed to be. It was a release.

What lessons did you learn while dating tennis great Serena Williams?

As far as me being in love, I’ve learned to just be myself—more of a man—in any relationship, whether I was dating Serena or whomever. Finally, I feel I’m able to be me and really know what I want and make steps toward those things that are special to me. Like I want children, I want to have a home, I should be starting a family. One difference between Erykah and Serena was that the [presence of] paparazzi is much stronger now than it was in 2000 and 2001. Serena’s a super international star and my profile [when we were] together was a [big deal] for some people. I remember when I made the cover of the Chicago Sun Times for the first time it was in the middle of our relationship and I’m thinking, This is for real. People are paying attention. But I handle [the attention] the way real men do: Keep family and personal business in your home. Now, that doesn’t mean if that’s your woman you go out with her and not feel proud about [being with] her [like it's a big secret]; but you don’t have to let everyone know what’s going on in your relationship.

Read more over at BlackEnterprise.com.

EXTRAS:

1.  HAPPY 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY to THE BRUHZ of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  Roo-Oop!

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I have always said this to my girl friends that Comman is a man that commands respects. His language of poetry speaks love and equality in his relationship. It does not matter the culture of the man but honey, if he connects to his soul and sensitivity and know who he is and he is sure about himself, that's the kind of man that's for me and I say Comman is like that.
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Shut the hell Common. You're not all of that. You broke Serena's heart. I think you will be a lonely ole rich man. Shutup!!!!!!
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Serena and Common look like George and Weezy off the Jeffersons.... odd couple to me
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Skee-Roo!!! Welcome to the Centennial Club!
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So often the comments on here are genuinely hilarious. Thank you for the laughs.
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what the fuck are you talking

what the fuck are you talking about Common?KMT
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OOP-ROO to the (GOOD) bruhz!!!!
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He's a sucker for a fat bootay!!
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He basically said to buy the

He basically said to buy the damn book if you wanna know.
Anonymous's picture

people on the blog clearly

people on the blog clearly missed all of his points. he's stating how these relationships helped him find pieces of himself and become a better person. he's upgrading not downgrading like many people do in relationships...he's experienced personal growth and as he continues to upgrade he will find who he's looking for.
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Atleast he is learning from

Atleast he is learning from his past experiences and growing as a person. Some people just date the same "type" over and over again and wonder why they always having the same problem.
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You're 100% correct! I

You're 100% correct! I definitely have a "type" & the problems it's caused! Smh
Anonymous's picture

Let me break it down.

Let me break it down. Basically what he's saying is when he was in a relationship with Erykah he let her do her go out and get close with other men while being passive and not saying anything. Next thing you know she was pregnant with another man's baby!! That's what he's trying to say without saying nothing at all!!!
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yeah, that's what I get too.

yeah, that's what I get too. Erykah was into 3-somes or something & open relationship stuff -- he went along with it. He even put out a song during that time (can't think of the name of it) where he was actually rapping about letting the woman do her thing with whoever- whatever...whatever makes her happy. And I thought....hmmmm...she's taking him for a ride. Now with Serena - I think the paparazzi-thing is just a cop out. Man, if you love a woman, you don't care WHO knows. You broke Serena's heart. Karma is mutha bro. What goes @, comes @. Look out !!!
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And that was the wake up call

And that was the wake up call he needed to start putting his foot down in relationships.
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What the heck is Common

What the heck is Common talking about? First "poet" I've seen who does NOT have a way with words. SMH.
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Oh my Goodness I was thinking

Oh my Goodness I was thinking the SAME thing! WTF is he talking about?
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Oh my Goodness I was thinking

Oh my Goodness I was thinking the SAME thing! WTF is he talking about?
WTF's picture

i dont like him, he doesnt

i dont like him, he doesnt give the idea he's a serious one...
Anonymous's picture

I love how common is using a

I love how common is using a lot of words, but isn't saying ANYTHING or he's just repeating what he just said with different words. He's chilling let YOU have your way with his words. LOL
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My thoughts exactly what are

My thoughts exactly what are you saying...just spit it out
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OK?! I thought it was just

OK?! I thought it was just me. What did he really reveal? Still love him though.
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I bet the spot light was

I bet the spot light was totally different. Serena's an internationally known superstar. They looked good together.
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im just glad he stopped

im just glad he stopped letting erykah badu hand crotchet all of his outfits and went back to wearing real clothes again.
shuga's picture

yo!!! I never say anything to

yo!!! I never say anything to anybody on this page. Crochet out joke was the 1
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ROFL!!!!!!!

ROFL!!!!!!!
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Common will forever be

Common will forever be suspect in my eyes after dating manly ass Serena Williams.
Angelica's picture

Be careful..... you kind of

Be careful..... you kind of sound like a hater right now!!! Serena's face is not that desirable.... But that damn body though!!!!!!
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Common is so ughhhhhhhhhh to

Common is so ughhhhhhhhhh to me.
Anonymous's picture

I think he was a push over ,

I think he was a push over , probably because he sensitive. Of all the rappers he appears to be the only one that actually has an affinity for women. Not in a sexual way, but in a romantic, respect your opinion and personhood. Whereas the other rappers comes across as sexual. And I think with that sensitivityand respectful nature, some women can take it and abuse the situation. I'm glad he found his voice, hopefully he can find true love.
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he just used a millions words

he just used a millions words to say......NOTHING!!!!! (should enter into politics) he's lucky to get those chix
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Common is a true gentleman!

Common is a true gentleman! He'll make someone a happy wife one day!
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Common give me a break---you

Common give me a break---you are the typical "hit it and quit it" type of man. You had no intentions of married either of these women and especially Badu, she has a child by every man she been with. I could see you being married to Serene but that was not your motive
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Maybe it was maybe it wasn't

Maybe it was maybe it wasn't his motive a man can DATE without the motive to get married or making a illegitimate baby. He was in his 20's. If girls would wait & just DATE learn what relationships are all about and who they are BEFORE the start picking out china pattern for their unreal motive of getting married to the FIRST big head boy that pays them more than 5 minutes of attention. The welfare system wouldn't be as crowded as it is.
Anonymous's picture

I agree 100%

I agree 100%
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PREACH

PREACH
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