by Check7t on September 26, 2014

2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Nominations Announcement

Birth Name: Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 13, 1972

Ethnicity: African-American

Common is an American hip-hop recording artist, actor, poet, and film producer. He is the son of Lonnie Lynn, an NBA player and youth counsellor, and Mahalia Ann Hines, an educator. His parents were/are both black. Common has a daughter.

A picture of Common’s mother can be seen here.

He gained fame as a skilled and respected MC in the ’90s, releasing three albums, “Can I Borrow a Dollar?”, “Resurrection”, and “One Day It’ll All Make Sense”.

Common won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, along with John Legend, for their song “Glory”, from the film Selma (2014).

Common’s paternal grandparents were Lonnie Lynn and Mabel/Mable Malone.

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neiltennant July 9, 2015 at 12:56 pm

again sort of mixed african american celeb and there is only written



malabo girl October 29, 2015 at 5:35 pm

es i think the same thing , he s not looking like black africans of the west , i think he have 60% white in him and 40%or less black

midori29 July 5, 2017 at 1:28 pm

@malabo Girl NO you are wrong. This girl is 100% black West African and could be Commons sister. yes you can be light skin black and not mixed at all.

midori29 July 6, 2017 at 5:26 pm

@Malabo girl he definitely does not look 60% white thats ridiculous. You people are really ignorant as to what black people look like. We come in like 20 different skin tones . Black is not all dark. There are many many shades, skin tones.

maestro November 28, 2015 at 10:15 am

there is no Black American (unless of course they recently came from Africa) whom are 100% sub saharan african in terms of their DNA, he (Common) obviously has a lot of European heritage.

ethnically he is still African-American, though.

midori29 July 5, 2017 at 1:26 pm

@Neiltenant MIXED is not true if both of your parents are the same race. You are trying to mix up everyone and its not possible. Light skin in black people DOES NOT MEAN MIXED. Both of his parents are black people.

neiltennant January 2, 2018 at 10:24 am

oh I understand !

if I would meet a wonderful Black African-American woman and have a child and in 300 years all of the family will be called African-American

andrew September 27, 2014 at 3:58 am
fuzzybear44 September 27, 2014 at 7:27 am

Yes I know what his mother looks like..I haven’t read the page, does it say that she or his father are half white or more?lighter skin can be a family trait that’s. pass down, no different than red hair.My sister -in law, atleast that’s what I call her, of which I know 4 generation all high yellow, no white person in the mix.I ‘he seen pics of the grand dad, the fathers of her other kids, and even my brother who was Creole, was brown skin, yet the entire family is high yellow(sis, her kids, and now her grand babies).Traits, don ‘t have to work the way you guys think they do

neiltennant June 27, 2016 at 3:33 pm

ANDREW thank you very much

his mother looks MIXED there is no doubt about it

she has brown hair and paler skin

there is no chance that COMMON is not MIXED

fuzzybear44 June 28, 2016 at 12:21 am


SAying that there is a chance that an African American is mixed, is like saying there is a chance that there is a sky above you. However that still doesn’t change the cultural affiliation. You guys don’t seem to understand MGM’s. You can have all the traits of a FGM, and yet not be one. Yes Common is mixed, but he’s not a FGM by any chance

Look at how everyone thought Tyra was so mixed:×1680/local/-/media/2015/11/30/USATODAY/USATODAY/635844843645289390-XXX-TYRA-BANKS-011-77643412.JPG
Yet Blair underwood is as mixed as she is:

Trying to go by our skin color and traits, doesn’t always work

Freerk May 12, 2017 at 10:16 am

You’re right, but what people usually say is “he looks like”, and then a reference follows; it’s not a genetic test. The reference is an ideal type in the sense of science this is a construction, abstracted from reality.

When I say (and I would, referring to Common) that Common looks more European than African, that doesn’t say much about his real ancestry but about his looks.

What do your abbreviations mean? I know FGM as “female genital mutilation” and MGM as “male genital mutilation” (or Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer…), but something tells me that this is not what you mean…

andrew May 12, 2017 at 11:57 am

They mean first/multi generation mix

fuzzybear44 September 27, 2014 at 12:50 am


(His skin is very light — even by by African-American standards )

Even by African American standards????There are NO standards,about what AA are supposed to look like.I don’t know what the black people around you look like,or who you have seen.However around me,his coloration is just like his name (Common)

Check7t September 27, 2014 at 1:18 am

Don’t be ridiculous here, he doesn’t look like a typical Afram.

He obviously is more admixed than usual.

fuzzybear44 September 27, 2014 at 6:32 am


There are 42 million plus AA in this country, you have no idea what the typical one looks like.I’ve been around them my entire life, and couldn’t tell you that.He doesn’t have to be more admixed than anyone else, it could simply be a trait that’s pass down.AA are mgm’s, no telling what traits they would inherit

Check7t October 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm

“more admixed”

Lol, where do you think his melanin deficient dermis from? His fucking pure Negroid West African ancestry?


midori29 July 13, 2015 at 1:34 pm

He looks typically African American, I see absolutely nothing particularly mixed looking about him.

Check7t September 26, 2014 at 10:25 pm

His skin is very light — even by by African-American standards — he has freckles too so it appears that Common phenotypically has a decent amount of European admixture.

midori29 July 13, 2015 at 1:36 pm

Not really, my ex mother in law was three shades lighter then Common, with freckles and she had two dark skinned black parents. Some blacks are born lighter period. Complexion is the least determinant of admixture. Common has completely kinky afro hair

malabo girl October 29, 2015 at 5:39 pm

no way , his mom loook arabs or with arab or middle admixture , and probabily him have 60% white or other ancestry and 40 or less black subsaharian western ancestry

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