Common is definitely no stranger to outreach or giving his opinion on various social issues, and last night the 42-year-old emcee/actor spoke with Brooke Baldwin on CNN about his concern for his hometown and his outreach programs. Common specifically mentions his own foundation’s initiatives in conjunction with Kanye West‘s DONDA House organization and the Chicago Urban League. You can read a snippet of the interview below and watch the full clip above.
Brooke Baldwin: “How do you help and reach out by being in Chicago?”
Common: “I definitely had people reach out to me. My mother was the first person that reached out to me, and she meant a lot because she’s an educator, and I saw her caring for other people and caring for the kids that she taught.
I feel like it’s my duty to reach out to young people in Chicago. It’s like my way of giving back, because I’ve been afforded a chance to go out and live out my dreams. I want to inspire and open up the gateways for the younger people in Chicago to pursue their dreams.”