(AllHipHop News) Actor/emcee Common was one of the panelists on Wednesday’s episode of The Nightly Show. The Chicago native appeared on the Comedy Central late night program to discuss Black fatherhood.
Com was joined by New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow, President of the Center For Urban Families Joe Jones, and The Nightly Show contributor Mike Yard. The segment began with a clip of CNN’s Don Lemon reporting that 72% of children in the African-American community are born to unwed mothers.
“The number, it definitely hit hard in a way. I didn’t expect it to be that high,” stated Common. “When I hear 72%, it makes me think – ‘Well, that’s the number of unwed, but… that doesn’t mean the father is absent.”
The conversation eventually turned to whether African-Americans are too defensive on talking about the subject of personal responsibility. The show’s host Larry Wilmore mentioned the criticism individuals like President Barack Obama and comedian Bill Cosby received when they spoke out about the subject.
“Of course, among our community we feel sometimes when you talk about family business out in the open – some people feel like ‘Why you wanna talk about it?'” explained the “Glory” rapper. “We need to talk about it. It needs to be discussed, and if some feelings get hurt with the truth then that truth is part of the healing process. So I don’t mind when certain elders say what they say about as fathers, we need to step up. But I don’t like the generalizations either.”
The guests also played a round of “Keep It 100.” Each man had to answer questions about playing in the Super Bowl versus being at the birth of their child and the perception Black women are too bossy.
Watch clips from The Nightly Show episode “Black Fatherhood” below.