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Books Wed Sep 21 2011

Common: One Day It'll All Make Sense

In addition to rapper and actor, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, aka "Common" can now add the title "author" to his resume; with his new book, One Day It'll All Make Sense, the Chicago native and hip hop superstar has entered the literary world with a memoir that includes details such as life growing up on the city's South Side and his decision to leave college to pursue a career in music and entertainment.

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Common poses with fan. Photo by: Charlita Fain.

Common was around the city yesterday to promote the book, with an afternoon appearance at Macy's on State Street, and then later at Barnes & Noble, DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson, where hundreds of fans waited in line for hours to get their book signed and take pictures with him. The rapper was greeted with huge applause by the mixed, mostly college crowd and immediately took time out to thank everyone. "It's wonderful to get this type of support for something that's a new adventure for me; it's something that I never thought I'd do ever in my life, but it's a great experience to be able to do it," he said. "I'm glad for you all supporting this book, my music and my career throughout the years."

For fan Marsha Devolt, the book also resonates with older fans and means more than just a life story. "It's about a young, black male with a positive message--he's encouraging so many people," said Devolt.

Common not only showed appreciation to the fans, but also to the city itself. "It's no way that I'd be doing what I was doing if I wasn't from Chicago because it helped shape me and give me a foundation. It's good to be home."

One Day It'll All Make Sense is currently available in bookstores and online.

 
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