Common Helping Starbucks With Racial Bias Training
Common (real name Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn, Jr.) is lending his talents to Starbucks. According to reports, he is featured in the first visual as one of the company’s guides to help with racial bias training. The video tells stories of people who’ve had a heightened level of self-awareness when dealing with those in the service field and how one wrong gesture can alter their reality.
On May 29, Starbucks will close 8,000 stores to launch a day of anti-racial bias and sensitivity training. Part of the training is the company video, which Common is featured in, that outlines its goals.
The training is in response to the company receiving backlash after two black men in Philadelphia were arrested. An employee called the police when the two men sat at a table in the store, without ordering.
They later explained that they were having a business meeting and were waiting for a friend.
The incident sparked boycotts and protests across the nation. No additional details about the training has been released.