Common And Lena Waithe To Mentor Young Minority Filmmakers

AllHipHop Staff

Common is taking his activism to the film industry.

(AllHipHop News) Rapper Common and actress/writer Lena Waithe are joining AT&T Hello Lab's filmmaker program as mentors.

Common and Waithe will mentor alongside directors Cary Fukunaga and Taika Waititi, actress Tessa Thompson, and others in the program, which aims to support filmmakers that are part of underrepresented groups in Hollywood.

"I believe the seed of this whole mentorship program will get people who are often not heard to be out there with their art," Common told Variety.

"We know in the world inequality exists," he continues. "We see Hollywood is making an effort, but we want to do our part to allow the people who don't get the chance to be heard, really - women and people of color. For some of the these directors and writers, it's their first work that will be seen."

"The only way change can happen is by helping to create it, and it's exactly why I've invested in this mentorship program," a statement from Waithe adds.