Conservatives tried to stop the show, but Common appeared at tonight’s White House celebration of American poetry. White House spokesperson Jay Carney defended the emcee in today’s press briefing, and said that critics were simply trying to create controversy. Common was joined by poets Rita Dove, Jill Scott, Billy Collins, Kenneth Goldsmith, Alison Knowles and Aimee Mann.
Watch his performance here.
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