On Wednesday (May 8), Common took to Twitter to explain why he chose to talk about being molested in his new memoir.

The Chicago MC and actor retweeted a tweet from Entertainment Weekly about an exclusive interview that he did with the publication.

In his comment for the retweet, he explained why he chose to talk about being molested in his new book, Let Love Have The Last Word.

“I talked about being molested because, as a Black man, many men have hidden that. Many people have hidden that. And you carry that weight with you. But at some point, you’ve got to let it go,” he wrote.

“I hope being open about my childhood trauma can give others the strength to do the same and help them on their healing journeys,” he continued. “We all have experienced pain and suffering. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

Common’s memoir was released on Tuesday (May 7), and the rapper and activist is currently on a press run promoting it.

He also recently helped open a creative arts school in his hometown Chicago. The school is located on Chicago’s Southside and is called Art In Motion. Applications are now open for 7th and 8th grade students.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.