Common Begins Book Tour In Harlem Church
Common, the author of the new book Let Love Have The Last Word, started his book tour in church.
The rapper, actor, activist, and budding author celebrated his new book at the renowned Riverside Church in Harlem, the heart of New York City.
“I’m proud to share that my latest book, ‘Let Love Have The Last Word,’ is now on sale,” he wrote on Instagram. “…We celebrated the release out at the historic Riverside Church in Harlem.
On Sunday, the Oscar-winning rapper was in Dallas visiting another well-known church, the Potter’s House with Bishop T.D. Jakes on Sunday. While there Jakes had Common come up to introduce his new book and have him sign a personalized copy.
The author was also able to display his artistic skills as he recited a piece he called “The Jubilee,” which spoke of self-renewal and community uplift.
The rapper has not shied away from speaking about his faith throughout the years and previously told AlwaysAList.com that it helps his perspective on his career.
“I think that’s the foundation for me. That’s how I am able to exist in the industry,” he said. “You have to bring who you are and what you are and your spirituality and the things that you believe in have to exceed and go beyond anything that you do.”
Because of his faith Common remains humble with all of his success.
“Any work that you do and accolades that you get, you have to know that God is more important and family and love that you have for others,” he said. ” I just put that first and wake up in the morning like this is who I am. That allows me to function more in the music industry and the Hollywood world.”
When he is home in Chicago, there’s a specific church that the rapper calls home, Trinity United Church of Christ.
“When I’m in Chicago and its Sunday, I’m going to Trinity for sure. That’s the church I grew up in since I was 8-years-old,” he said. “I definitely stop and go to church. If there’s a church in another city that I am aware of I might go there, too. I found a church in L.A.that I like going to on and off, but I need that sometimes.”
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