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Common spoke with me yesterday on employment, gun violence and mentoring youth in "Common, Rhymefest Announce Youth Jobs Program, Music Festival" for The Chicago Reporter.
The Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative plans to create thousands of year-round jobs for young people aged 16-24. Led by theChicago Urban League and the Common Ground Foundation, which was founded by Common in 2007, the partnership also includes Kanye West’s arts and educational foundation, Donda’s House, where Rhymefest serves as creative director.
"It hurts me to hear about the [gun] violence and our youth being shot or killed,”"said Common, who was born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., at a standing-room-only press conference at the Museum of Contemporary Art. "One of the biggest reasons that our youth are [experiencing] violence is because of poverty. They want a chance and opportunity. They need jobs."
Read the full report HERE.
The Chicago Reporter is an outstanding award-winning investigative monthly publication on race and urban affairs. I'm very excited to work with them again because this is where I got my start in investigative journalism during my college years. I was reporting for TCR, The Chicago Reader, The Los Angeles Times, In These Times and other publications before working full-time for television news in the mid 1990s.