Common’s Charity Gala and After-Party

Chicago rapper/actor hosts charity gala at Ritz Carlton.

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Chicago rapper/actor Common was a little bit of everywhere during his hometown visit over the weekend. It kicked off by throwing the first pitch at Opening Day at The Cell Friday.
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And on Saturday, Common hosted his annual Common Ground Foundation Annual Gala and Fundraiser at the Ritz Carlton hotel. The event honored "men of excellence" who have made a difference in their respective communities and careers. The honorees included Harry Belafonte, Executive Vice President of the Boeing Corporation, James A. Bell, Chicago Bear Israel Idonije and CEO and founder of MillionDollar$cholar, Derrius Quarles. Keep clicking through for photos from the rockin' after-party. Photos courtesy Fred King, Onasis Odelmo Photography.
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Legendary actor and humanitarian Harry Belafonte was a special guest at the gala.
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel joins the party.
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Chicago Bears Israel Idonije
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Mary and Tim Smithe and Sonya Jackson.
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After the gala, it was time to party. Common was the special guest at his after-party, held at the Chicago Illuminating Company in the South Loop. Photos courtesy Fred King, King Vision Photography.
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Music mogul George Daniels and producer/DJ The Twilite Tone.
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DJ Mark Fuller
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