JOHN LEGEND & COMMON 2015 OSCARS

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After seeing this performance of “Glory” from the movie Selma by John Legend & Common at the 2015 Oscars, I simply felt numb.  Their performance was the highlight of the night and brought many audience members to tears.  And then… the acceptance speeches afterwards for Best Song were poignant.  Their words help to put a punctuation mark  on BLACK HISTORY MONTH and the continued struggle…

Common’s speech:

“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 those in Hong Kong, protesting for democracy,” he said. “This bridge was built on hope, welded with compassion and elevated with love for all human beings.”

John Legend added the following:

“We say that Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now,” he said. “We know that the Voting…

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Posted on 02/23/2015, in Potpourri, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. yahtzeebutterfly

    Xena, thank you SO MUCH for finding this article and re-blogging it.

    I pray that the “GLORY” will come and that the Black community will NO LONGER be the target of voting discrimination, stereotyping, LE profiling and unjust killings, job discrimination, hatred and slurs from vile racists, housing discrimination, redlining, inequality in education and justice, systemic and institutional racism.

    May there be a new day of FREEDOM and EQUALITY!

    May our country live up to its promises and protect EVERY citizen’s civil rights!

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  2. yahtzeebutterfly

    John Legend “Glory” lyrics

    



    “One day, when the glory comes,
    
It will be ours, it will be ours.
    
Oh, one day, when the war is won,
    
We will be sure, we will be sure.
    
Oh, glory, glory!
    
Oh, glory, glory!

    

”Hands to the Heavens, no man, no weapon.
    
Formed against, yes glory is destined.
    
Everyday women and men become legends.
    
Sins that go against our skin become blessings.
    
The movement is a rhythm to us.
    
Freedom is like religion to us.
    
Justice is juxtaposition in us.
    
Justice for all just ain’t specific enough.
    
One son died. His spirit is revisitin’ us.
    
True livin’ in us, resistance is us.
    
That’s why Rosa sat on the bus.
    
That’s why we walk through Ferguson with our hands up.
    
When it go down we woman and man up.
    
They say, “Stay down,” and we stand up.
    
Shots, we on the ground, the camera panned up.
    
King pointed to the mountaintop and we ran up.

    

”One day, when the glory comes,
    
It will be ours, it will be ours.
    
Oh, one day, when the war is won,
    
We will be sure, we will be here sure.
    
Oh, glory, glory!
    
Oh, glory, glory!

    “Selma’s now for every man, woman and child.
    
Even Jesus got his crown in front of a crowd.
    
They marched with the torch, we goin’ run with it now.
    
Never look back, we done gone hundreds of miles.
    
From dark roads he rose, to become a hero.
    
Facin’ the league of justice, his power was the people.
    
Enemy is lethal, a king became regal.
    
Saw the face of Jim Crow under a bald eagle.
    
The biggest weapon is to stay peaceful.
    
We sing, our music is the cuts that we bleed through.
    
Somewhere in the dream we had an epiphany.
    
Now we right the wrongs in history.
    
No one can win the war individually.
    
It takes the wisdom of the elders and young people’s energy.
    
Welcome to the story we call victory.
    
Comin’ of the Lord, my eyes have seen the glory.

    “One day, when the glory comes,
    
It will be ours, it will be ours.
    
Oh, one day, when the war is won,
    
We will be sure, we will be here sure.
    
Oh, glory, glory!
    
Oh, glory, glory!
    

When the war is done,

    When it’s all said and done,
    
We’ll cry glory, oh glory!”

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  3. Two sides to a story

    Definitely one of the best Academy Award performances I’ve seen in several years and I loved the artists’ thrill at winning too. Well-deserved award.

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    • Hey Two sides! The acceptance speech reminded me somewhat of Marlon Brando when he spoke out against injustices.

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  4. chuquestaquenumber1

    Good to hear these 2 speak out against injustice. In particular,Legend reminding people that the high incarceration rate means slavery is still in effect,via the 13th amendment.

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  5. yahtzeebutterfly

    Justice Department @TheJusticeDept · 1h 1 hour ago
    Federal Officials Close Investigation Into Death of Trayvon Martin
    http://go.usa.gov/3c9GW

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Live on, Trayvon, Live on!

      Sending my love and prayers to Sybrina, Tracy and Jahvaris.

      Natalie Jackson @NatJackEsq

      1. No matter the outcome of the Federal investigation, we all know #TrayvonMartin & his family should be celebrating his 20th this month.

      2. Parents have worked hard traveling the nation w/#TrayvonMartinFoundation so that his legacy is one of strategy, solutions, solidarity.

      3. #TrayvonMartin’s death & the people who said “NO MORE” sparked a movement & new national consciousness that indeed #BlackLivesMatter.

      4. B/C of his family & their loyal & VOCAL supporters #Trayvon’s legacy of “unity 4 justice” far overshadows his irrelevant killer’s antics.

      5. @SybrinaFulton was absolutely right when she said on July 13, 2013: A VERDICT WILL NOT DEFINE THEIR CHILD’S LEGACY…THEY WILL!

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