Common is best known for his rapping and acting, but he's now lending his voice – literally – to the recent conversations around the treatment of black people in America.
"Starbucks was just a microcosm of how black people have been dehumanized and I wanted to be a part of that conversation," he said today on "Good Morning America" in reference to the recent incident in which two young black men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks.
The coffee chain is closing more than 8,000 company-owned stores across the country this afternoon to train staff on how to avoid "racial bias" and prevent discrimination.
Common, who’s serving as a voice of narration for the coffee chain's day of training, said it's important to "have a black man standing up and saying what we need."
AS REPORTED BY ABC NEWS