“My mother turned and said ‘Rashid, you can do better. It’s your responsibility to speak your best to the world when the world is listening to you, and looking to you for guidance.”

Common, the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning artist, actor, activist and New York Times Bestselling author, has spent over 25 years working towards the goal of success. In his second book, Let Love Have The Last Word, the follow-up to 2011’s One Day It’ll All Make Sense, the Chicago native reflects on his very personal journey and the raw moments that have shaped him into the father, son, and man he is today.

“These types of conversations are the most difficult to have, which means they’re important, the ones we need to have. They require vulnerability and intimacy, two areas that are problematic for me, personally, because I don’t want to give anything up.”

Told in four parts in a stream of consciousness style, Let Love Have the Last Word takes a therapeutic look back at Common’s life on the road, parenting his daughter, Omoye, his romantic relationships, and the complexities of living with aging parents. He finds himself revisiting his last moments with his ailing father, sharing the stage with the late Dr. Maya Angelou, and discussing new insights into his patterns of behavior with his therapist.

Whether riding through sunny LA or experiencing the rush of performing in front of tens of thousands of fans, Let Love Have the Last Word is a rare and intimate look at a genius mind in constant evolution.

Common is an Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy, and Grammy award-winning artist. He is an actor and producer and has appeared in numerous critically acclaimed films and television series. Common is the author of One Day It’ll All Make Sense, which was a New York Times bestseller. He was raised in Chicago and currently resides in Los Angeles and Brooklyn.