As part of a major push to bring more black Americans out to the polls this November, rapper and actor Common has joined #ForeverFirstLady Michelle Obama as part of her When We All Vote campaign.


Today, he dropped a video urging black people to turn out to the midterms in a couple months.

“Did you know that less than 60 percent of eligible African American citizens voted in the 2016 presidential election? This undermines our power as a people, and I am not willing to give my vote and my power away,” he said.


Common—who, fun fact, is just an Tony away from achieving an EGOT—has long had the Obama’s back, predicting in 2008 that Barack Obama would “change hip-hop for the better.” A native of Chicago’s South Side, the multi-talented performer has become increasingly involved in politics and social justice movements over the years.

Correction Wednesday September 5, 2018 at 4:35 pm: Common, an Emmy winner, is a Tony award away from EGOT status. An earlier post incorrectly stated this.

Staff writer, The Root.

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