“I met a new woman today and she sat on my lap.”
Common recently won an Emmy for his song “Letter To The Free”. The now award-winning song is featured on his 2016 album Black America Again. It was also in Ava DuVernay’s Netflix documentary 13th.
While Common took home the award for Outstanding Original Music & Lyric, DuVernay also took home Emmys for the doc. Her list of awards includes Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special.
Although I'm honored and excited beyond belief for this award, my motivation for doing this song was from the heart like it always is. This award is for all the incarcerated people in the prison system and for justice. In the words of the late great Phife, "I'll never let a statue tell me how nice I am…". We have more work to do and this is only the beginning. So please don't think for 1 second that my passion for justice stops here. Thank You @televisionacad @netflix @ava @karriemriggins1 @robertglasper @bilalmusic #Elena #Roy #Vernis and everyone involved with this project. #ImagineJustice
While both have won big, this isn’t the first time for the pair. In 2015, DuVernay was nominated for various awards for her movie Selma. Common, who appeared in the film, made a song with John Legend that is featured in it. “Glory” won big that awards season, even taking home the Oscar for Best Original Song.
With an Oscar, now Common can add an Emmy to his collection. Congrats to both Common and Ava DuVernay.