Common and John Legend are two amazing American artists in what they do. The song ‘Glory’ had me in tears watching this year’s Oscars for the movie ‘Selma’, it had the whole famous audience in tears also. When I say ‘Racist USA’ I ask you watch the song and listen to the lyrics and the acceptance speech by Common and John from the Oscars. America does have racial tension, Ferguson, mentioned in the lyrics of this song below is one of many religious issues the USA has. When Commons and John Legend spoke in the video at the bottom both stated the same as I do. See I don’t make news up, I don’t see a picture and shape it myself, no! I share the truth with proof, the fact some want to ignore the truth and proof is their choice. Ignorance is bliss, denying ignorance is racism right there in the context of this article. Wake up America, your own people tell me it’s Racist, I know a few Christians who have said “Shaun the African Americans are the cause of America’s problems” Well I say when you treat a people with utter contempt like the USA shows to (WE DON’T SPEAK LIKE THIS IN SCOTLAND SO I AM SORRY) Black people. We don’t say “That Black person” We say “That person” The American media I can see push the ‘Black’ word daily, a Government and media who push an already simmering racist melting pot. In truth America has came full circle, but it is not there yet. December 18th 1865, slavery ended in the United States, fast forward to 2015 there is an African American POTUS, famous actors, singers and politicians, so from the outside looking in you can easily be fooled the issue is solved, IT IS NOT! The racial tension still exists, I have heard it and seen it. America I tire of “But Shaun I can’t change the World” I say “Go change your own World” The World will only change if we each change it, if we all decide we want to be better, treat others better and even though we may not agree with each other we must learn to accept each other. I am not talking just the USA here, I am talking to the World. Stand up, be counted and do and say what you can. I have right here right now, will you? If I can write and try to change issues what can you do? Be lazy? Hide behind something invisible? YOU CAN DO BETTER!! Watch your media churn out the word ‘Black’ USA. But America maybe you know no better? You are very young species of people in a very young Country, my last house was older than the USA, I am just saying that is possible, youthful country? Maybe you are misinformed? As misinformed as my Scottish Kin were when we had a chance to vote ourselves into freedom last year. Yeah, all populous and people make mistakes or are ill-informed. Where do you stand? Are you informed or do you hide behind a ready made excuse? Below is 2015 USA. Yeah, he was murdered. Often I watch the black gospel choirs and they are joyous and that joy is born from murder, torture, rape, inequality and worse. Isn’t that something? Look to White Church’s and you see unhappy people singing less than joyous songs. I ask “Why is this so?” Think about it World!
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Though every year boasts impressive nominees, it’s not very often that the Best Original Song category at the Oscars is one of the most important of the night. But thanks to all of this year’s major snubs, it’s become one of the most anticipated categories at the 2015 ceremony. So when “Glory” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, there was definitely a round of applause from not just those in attendance to see John Legend and Common accept the award, but viewers watching at home. Because while the nominees also included “Grateful” from Beyond The Lights, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, and “Lost Stars” from Begin Again, we all knew there were only two songs that could be in the envelope. Winner “Glory,” or “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie.
Common, John Legend – Glory
Via CommonVEVO on You Tube
We also knew how deserving “Glory” was of the award, but the fact that its win came moments after an unforgettable live performance only made it that much more apparent. And just when you thought things couldn’t get any more emotional, Legend and Common used their acceptance speech to reflect on the message of the song, and remind us all that while Selma was set in the past, its themes surround us in the present.
Common started off the moving speech:
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.
Then Legend took to the microphone, building off those sentiments:
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.
Between their performance, win, and speech, I think it’s safe to say Common and Legend had one of the biggest impacts on the 2015 Academy Awards, and found the best possible use for their spotlight. Watch their speech below.
Common & John Legend Powerful Academy Awards (The Oscars 2015) Speech Transcript
Via Jack Sze on You Tube
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