Rapper/actor Common and his Common Ground Foundation will celebrate the legacy of poet and humanitarian Dr. Maya Angelou in his hometown of Chicago later this month.

The inauguaral event, dubbed The Common Ground Foundation Gala, will celebrate women of excellence and leadership. Other honorees include singer/actress Keke Palmer, businesswoman Dee Robinson Reid, and TV host Sherri Shepard.

The event is being held on April 16 at The InterContinental Hotel and will include a silent auction, dinner, and entertainment.

The Common Ground Foundation serves underprivileged youths throughout the Chicago area. For more info on the organization and the event visit here. —Kai Acevedo