Common has strategically played himself into the Obama’s inner-circle, first by cozying up with Democrat strategist Angela Rye. Since then he’s found other ways to get involved politically, namely by lending his voice to Michelle Obama’s Week Action initiative. The campaign led by When We All Vote non-prit, hopes to recruit a bunch first-time voters along invisible party lines. Common hopes to change the culture around voting within his greater community, he said so himself:
“I’ll never forget the first time I voted because I felt powerful,” said Common in his message to eligible voters. “Don’t give your power away.” Common will also be among the famous volunteers recruited by Michelle Obama to show face between September 22 and September 29 when voter registration opens in select communities.
“Did you know that less than 60 percent 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,” the rapper added.
You can visit www.whenweallvote.org for more information on what Michelle Obama and company hope to accomplish by the end September. Furthermore, the 2018 midterm elections are being held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. They help “democratize” the process choosing who occupies the hundreds legislative seats in Washington, DC.