By Kyle Daniels
When it comes to versatility, there’s no entertainer that wears more hats than Common (no really). The trendy MC has gained enormous success as a songwriter, actor, activist, model and author. There’s no need to ask if he’s polished in each talent, his Grammy, Golden Globe, NAACP, Prime Time Emmy & Academy Award are just a few shiny affirmations.
Common has captivated many through cover pages, center stages and the silver screen but his most noble accomplishments have been done behind the scenes, right in his hometown. The Chicago native, born as Lonnie Rashid Lynn started the Finding Common Ground Foundation over a decade ago. The non-profit is committed to empowering youth in urban neighborhoods and providing life skills needed to achieve their dreams. Designed for students entering their junior and senior year, monthly sessions are held to engage students in specialized curriculums. Also counselors and college admission experts serve as a resource to help students.
In addition, the students gain experience through an array of outings. In recent months alone, the students have visited an advance screening of the Rappers voice-over work in the animated film “Little Foot”, the Broadway play Hamilton and also the Primo Women Shelter to distribute gifts to families for the holidays.
Common’s social-conscience message serves as inspiration for equality, opportunity and hope among youth in underserved communities. He once stated: “I always believed that if we started with the youth then we would be planting seeds for our future to blossom. Give the children a sense of hope, self esteem, & love that will better the world.”
While Philanthropy has become a lot more common in Hip-Hop, he was one of the first to lay the groundwork, therefore inspiring the younger generation. With career longevity and long lasting generosity, his “Universal Mind” will continue to inspire “The Dreamer/Believer” to “Be” their best in life.
To learn more about the organization, visit commongroundfoundation.org or simply like and follow the non-profits Facebook page.