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6/27/2005 8:29:52 AM

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Rapper and hip hop artist Common, who previously announced the release of a new line of children's books, recently discussed his upcoming three titles plus another book on the subject of AIDS.
 The Chicago MC has written two books tentatively titled I Like You, But I Love Me , and ME: Mixed Emotions, in addition to his first book, The Mirror in Me, which is scheduled to be released this fall.
 "I'm working on a fourth one dealing with AIDS," Common told "It's called Hug Me, It's Okay."
 Common, who had a family member that passed away from AIDS, has been avidly involved in the "Knowing is Beautiful" campaign, which encourages HIV/AIDS prevention and education.
 The lead character in the rapper's first book The Mirror in Me is a boy from Africa who moves to New York and battles identity issues.
 "He keeps going to the mirror after days of going to school and trying to be something he ain't, and he never sees his reflection until his teacher tells him, 'One day you gon' learn,'" explained Common.
 "He went home that night real frustrated and [asked] the mirror, 'Why don't you show me my reflection?' And the mirror is like, 'You can't see you because you're not being you.' So the mirror kind of gave him his lesson and he took it."
 The books are meant to instill valuable messages using subjects that children can relate to, according to Common.
 His latest critically praised album, BE, currently holds the No. 4 spot on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Charts.

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