Common’s powerful Golden Globe speech pays homage to Ferguson, slain NYPD officers

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Chicago very own Common and John Legend won the Golden Globe for best original song for their collaboration on the song “Glory” from the film “Selma.”

Upon accepting the award, Common captivated the audience with a thought-provoking speech referencing his experience while participating the in making of the film, Ferguson and the two NYPD officers killed in the line of duty.

“The first day I stepped on the set of ‘Selma,’ I began to feel like this was bigger than a movie,” Common said.

“As I got to know the 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 who was killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed black kid who who maybe needed a hand but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers, murdered in the line of duty. ‘Selma’ has awakened my humanity.”

Best original song was the only win for “Selma.” It was also nominated for Best Motion Picture, Drama.

To hear the song in its entirety, visit

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