Actor/rapper Common is to launch his own initiative to educate disadvantaged youths in a bid to make them more aware of worldwide issues like HIV and AIDS. The Smoking Aces star - real name Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. - has set up The Common Ground Foundation Inc., aimed at empowering young African Americans with the knowledge of global problems, reports Common says, "I always believed that if we started with the youth then we would be planting the seeds for our future to blossom." The initiative has been planned since 2004 but has only come to fruition this year (07).