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Asa Lovechild: Common Says “We don’t have a lot of correct parenting” In Inner Cities

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commonCommon sat down Tuesday, with others, on the Now with Alex Wagner show, to discuss the state of the black family and gun control.  Common addressed the role of parents in raising African American children.  Common said, “Within the inner cities, we don’t have a lot of correct parenting and we have to change that. We have to figure out what we can do to change that. We know we’re starting from a deficit right now. We have to figure out what we can do as elders and as young people to support each other.”

He also disagrees with Wayne LaPierre, vice president of the NRA, when it comes to gun control saying, “I think the biggest issue for our young people is to have opportunities to dream, to have guidance, to have love and support.” “More guns are never the solution. Putting more guns in there is not going to solve anything.”

Common, who is a native of Chicago and was blessed to grow up in a middle class household knows all too well about the “street element” of Chicago. Chicago is now considered the murder capital of the country, taking over unfortunately, where Newark, NJ left off. Corey Booker continues to strive to change the image of Newark and so far, has been successful.

Common believes that President and First Lady Obama are beautiful role-models and just what our youth need to see. Common said, “That’s the best image we can see for young, black and Latino people. I remember I had the opportunity to do a film and some young people saw that I was gonna play a superhero and they were like ‘wow, that’s the first time that we’ve ever seen a black guy playing a superhero. It’s a beautiful thing for us to see outside of entertainment to see the president and first lady in office, I mean that’s what we need.”

It is important for people of color to see people that look like them, doing great things. Specifically for African-Americans and Latinos, we do not see a lot of positive images and people doing great things around us. Yes the media has a lot to do with it. Yes even bloggers can have a great impact on what we take in. It is difficult to report on Katt Williams being arrested over and over again for dumb stuff. It is difficult to read and report on headlines about young teenagers being shot by their peers in Chicago. Babies. It is hard to see all of this going on and not feel some sort of way about it. There are times where I won’t touch a story at all because it is too negative. But there is the flip-side of it, if we do not report on it, how are people to stay informed and effect change?

It would be nice to hear Common’s take on all things African American, especially when it comes to entertainers and our involvement on many different levels.

Readers, I want to know your thoughts about the responsibility of the media, when it comes to the representation of people of color. Do you think that we have enough role-models out there for our youth to follow and are we doing enough as entertainers to create positive images?

Asa Lovechild is an accomplished actress and singer out of New York City.

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