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Rapper/actor Common is revered as a rapper and respected as a man, and his new memoir, “One Day It Will All Make Sense,” is unlikely to change that. The book is an honest heartfelt look at Lonnie Rashid Lynn’s journey from a boy growing up in Chicago to a man growing up in front of the world.

“One Day It Will All Make Sense” gives readers an honest view, from Common’s perspective, of his early ambitions as a rapper, his friendships with hip-hop stars like the late producer Jay Dilla and of his hometown crony Kanye West, and his relationships with his daughter’s mother, Erykah Badu, Taraji P. Henson and Serena Williams.

But in his book, Common adds another perspective – that of his mother Dr. Mahalia Hines, who is also quoted throughout the book. Dr. Hines, now retired, has been an educator in the Chicago public school system for over 35 years. “One Day It All Makes Sense” offers a different kind of love story – one between a mother and son – and offers insight into how a black man evolves based on the influences around him.

We talked to Dr. Hines to find out what she contributed to the book and to her son’s life.

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