#bumble | #tinder | #pof Common joins forces with NBA star Chris Paul at a youth-led Black Lives Matter protest in LA

Common took to the streets on Saturday to support a youth-led Black Lives Matter protest inspired by the killing of George Floyd.

While protesting, the 48-year-old rapper ran into NBA star player Chris Paul, 35, and the two shared a quick hug.

The day before, Common had urged his 3.4 million followers to join the protests young organizers in Los Angeles’ Encino neighborhood. 

Famous friends: Common, 48, and Chris Paul, 35, met up at a youth-organized Black Lives Matter protest in Los Angeles’ Encino neighborhood on Saturday

The rapper and actor was dressed in a gray designer sweatsuit, along with black, white and charcoal Nike Air Jordans.

Rather than a sign, he carried a black foam hand reading, ‘Resist,’ while also wearing a black cloth mask, though he wore it below his mouth at times, making it ineffective.

Chris had on a plain black shirt with his sleeves rolled up, along with black athletic pants and black Nike trainers.

He rounded out the monochrome outfit with a black baseball cap and a black face mask. 

Pals: Common wore gray designer sweats, while Chris had on all black. The two friends shared a quick hug

Slogan: Common skipped a sign and instead carried a black foam fist reading, ‘Resist’

Making his voice heard: Chris wrote a sign that said, ‘Say It Loud’ and ‘Black And Proud’ on either side

The point guard brought along a black sign that said, ‘Say It Loud’ and ‘Black And Proud’ on either side.

On Instagram, he revealed that his extended family had joined the protest, including his wife Jada, 36, their son Christopher, 11, and their daughter Camryn, seven.

He shared a black and white photo of family members posing with their signs later on Saturday.

‘The future is here,’ he wrote of the youngsters in the caption, while adding the hashtag ‘#BlackLivesMatter.’

Family affair: The NBA point guard revealed his extended family had joined the protests, including his son Christopher, 11, and daughter Camryn, seven

Signal boost: Common advertised the youth-organized protest on Friday. ‘I’m so proud and inspired by the youth,’ he wrote

The protests in LA and across the US were inspired by the May 25 death of George Floyd in police custody.

He was killed when a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for nearly nine minutes, including almost three minutes beyond when he had stopped breathing and became unresponsive.

After a multi-day delay, the officer was charged with third-degree murder (subsequently upgraded to second-degree murder) and second-degree assault.

He and the other three officers at the scene were fired shortly after video of Floyd’s death was made publicly, and the other three officers were later charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter. 

Just friends: In April, Tiffany Haddish tried to knock down rumors she was dating Common after the pair shared a digital Bumble date during quarantine 

Big news: Tiffany confirmed on May 1 that Common was quarantining with her when she panned the camera toward him while chatting with Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade

Common has been the subject of dating rumors in recent months after he had a virtual date with comedienne Tiffany Haddish in an advertisement for the dating service Bumble.

Tiffany tried to downplay the rumors during a follow-up interview about the date on The Today Show with Hoda Kotb, though the two seemed to hit it off during their distanced date.

But in early May she revealed that Common was quarantining with her when she panned her camera to the side during a video chat with Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade.


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