INTERVIEW: Common and Mattie Turner

Photos and video by Tyrone Clemons. 

Last Thursday all of New York came out for the Ajile Turner Foundation’s Farewell Summer Benefit, with Common, DJ Brainchild, and a slew of other celebrities. The Foundation was created in the memory of Common’s first cousin Ajile Turner, a well known Brooklyn resident and one of the original organizers of the Fort Greene Festival. It’s mission it to help youth perusing careers in the arts and entertainment industry.

During the event, our correspondent Nekeya O’Connor spoke with Common and Ajile’s mother Mattie Turner about the foundation and Common’s role in the event. For more information, and to donate visit


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DJ Brainchild and Mary