As I write this Common is hosting a benefit concert in his hometown of Chi-Town. The concert held at the House of Blues will raise money for his Common Ground Foundation that aims to inspire Chicago teens (ages 13-15) to be more involved in the arts. The Foundation rolled out a one-week summer camp this past August. And following up its commitment with a three year mentor program that encourages kids to finish high school.
Common’s comeback to Chi-town was brought on my city’s rash in violence, which continues to threaten its residents and change its moniker to Chi raq. Before Common even touched down on his old stomping ground, hours before 13 were wounded from gun fire, including a 3-year-old boy on a South Side Playground. Common told The Huffington Post its the community’s responsibility to change it around.
It’s our responsibility for the village to say, ‘Hey we’re going to create these programs,’ whether it’s sports, creative arts, music, we need some things to give young people positive things to do, and that’s including jobs.”
Based on the tweet below, it looks like Luda will be coming through.
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Prayers to all the families that were wounded last night. Thankfully, no one was killed.
Let’s keep the peace, ya’ll.