Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Let Love Have the Last Word - Oscar winner Common

The 47-year-old activist didn't hide the darker parts of his life in his memoir and revealed that he suffered the trauma of being molested as a child - a memory that was resurfaced with the help of actress Laura Dern.

Unsure if he wanted to share his past as a victim of sexual assault, the rapper ultimately decided to include the story in his book as a way to help others who've suffered similarly. 

 'This book is very special to me as I'm sharing what I've learned about LOVE and how I've failed at LOVE,' Common tweeted.

'I hope it can inspire you to take a long look at LOVE and all the forms and shapes that it takes.'
Common only recalled the traumatic incident of being molested by a relative a few years ago while working a scene for HBO's The Tale with Laura Dern.

'One day, while talking through the script with Laura, old memories surprisingly flashed in my mind,' the rapper wrote. 'I caught my breath and just kept looping the memories over and over, like rewinding an old VHS tape…I said "Laura, I think I was abused."'
While sitting down with Good Morning America, Common told Robin Roberts that he wrestled with the idea of sharing his story.

'It was something that I didn't know if I wanted to talk about,' he told Robin. 'But I really believe that in telling my story, other people will be OK with talking about that situation.' 

The star writes in the book that he was victimized as a young boy around age nine or 10 while growing up in Chicago.

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