Common, the Grammy award-winning hip-hop artist and actor was born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. on Chicago’s rough South Side. In his soulfully candid memoir, he unleashes himself line by line—from his childhood to tragic losses, from addiction to love—revealing the inner-makings of an extraordinary life.

Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library
Friday, September 16, 2011 7:00 PM
Free with reservation. Space is limited.

Common is a multi-Grammy award winning musician and actor.  With over eight albums and numerous Hollywood films, his impact also extends to empowering youth through his Common Ground Foundation, launched in 2007 and dedicated to the development of urban youth in communities by helping them to realize their full potential.  He has also written children’s books, using the cultural relevance of hip hop to help the younger generation understand self respect and love.