“Sucker love, a box I choose. No other box I choose to use. Another love I would abuse, no circumstances could excuse. In the shape of things to come, too much poison come undone. ‘Cause there’s nothing else to do, every me and every you.”
So I just saw Selma. And right after the movie was over, the woman behind me said, “And we’re still fighting that same fight today.” And the truth of that statement had me near tears. Selma gave me a look into the Civil Rights movement and Martin Luther King Jr. that the American school system has never given me, and if you don’t know much about it, or you want to know more, please go watch it. If you don’t understand all of the fuss about Ferguson, about Eric Garner, about police brutality in general and what is happening in America right now, go see it. Go spend the $10 and educate yourself, because no matter who you are or what you think you need to see that movie, you need to understand. David Oyelowo deserves at least an Oscar nomination for that movie, and the fact that he didn’t get one angers me to no end.
So please, go see Selma. Go remind yourself what kind of country America truly is.
First off, I’d like to thank God that lives in us all. Recently, John and I got to go to Selma and perform “Glory” on the same bridge that Dr. King and the people of the civil rights movement marched on 50 years ago. This bridge was once a landmark of a divided nation, but now is a symbol for change. The spirit of this bridge transcends race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and social status. The spirit of this bridge connects the kid from the South side of Chicago, dreaming of a better life to those in France standing up for their freedom of expression to the people in Hong Kong protesting for democracy. This bridge was built on hope. Welded with compassion. And elevated by love for all human beings.“
"Thank you. Nina Simone said it’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live. We wrote this song for a film that was based on events that were 50 years ago, but we say Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now. We know that the voting rights, the act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now the struggle for freedom and justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you that we are with you, we see you, we love you, and march on.
Common and John Legend winning Best Song for ‘Glory’ featured in Ava DuVernay’s Selma
I am posting this because while I have seen parts of their speeches on tumblr I have not seen the whole thing posted. And I think the message is even stronger when it is all together. Common and John Legend’s words were incredibly humbling to hear and one which we need to take to heart.