John Legend and Common won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song tonight for their song “Glory,” which appeared in the movie Selma.
Selma was released this past Friday. They beat out a field that included Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Patti Smith, and Sia. Prince presented the award. For his acceptance speech Common payed tribute to Unarmed black teens The rapper’s speech indirectly mentioned a broad range of news stories, including the shootings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y., as well as the killing of two police officers in Brooklyn, N.Y., last year.
Read a portion below:
The first day I stepped on the set of Selma, I began to think this was bigger than a movie. As I got to know people of the civil rights movement, I realized: I am the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote; I am the caring white supporter, killed on the front lines of freedom; I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand but was instead given a bullet; I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty. Selma has awakened my humanity.
I love what he said and how he said it. So gracious..
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