Just when I thought I couldn’t love Common more…
The award-winning rapper revealed he was molested in his new memoir, “Let Love Have the Last Word.”
According to Common, the incident happened when he was around 9 or 10-years-old during a trip to Cleveland.
It was a male family friend who violated Common as a child.
In the memoir, he wrote:
I pushed him away. I don’t remember saying a whole lot besides ‘No, no, no.’
He kept saying ‘It’s okay, It’s okay,’ as he pulled down my shorts and molested me.
I felt a deep and sudden shame for what happened.
While promoting the book, Common shared why it was important for him to share what he experienced.
It’s something that I know a lot of people have experienced, especially black young men and women.
Just people, in general, have experienced that type of thing and a lot of people are afraid to talk about it. But the only way we stop the cycle is to talk about it.
While chatting with Robin Roberts, the rapper and actor said:
I’m a black man and we don’t talk about those issues in ways that we could.
I wanted to create a space for people who have experienced that to be able to share that. That’s part of the healing.
Also, congrats to Common on receiving an honorary doctorate from FAMU.
Scoop your copy of “Let Love Have the Last Word” below.