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2015 Essence Music Festival - Day 3

Common recognized that his music affected lives when he wrote “The People.” He then called it a “gift from the skies to be recognized” for the career he’d had up to that point. Since then, things have only gotten brighter.

Lonnie Rashid Lynn, the artist formerly known as Common Sense, is now a Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe winner. He’s a celebrated rapper and an actor (Barbershop: The Next Cut opens Apr. 15) and yesterday, he turned 44.

To celebrate the occasion, we gathered up 19 life lessons to live by, according to the “Glory” MC.

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