Though MTV‘s favorite award show had plenty of interesting and unexpected moments, Common was ‘the real MVP’ at this years Video Music Awards.
The actor/rapper/activist, who has been on the promo run for his politically charged Nobody’s Smiling LP, which focused on the issues of crime and gang violence in his hometown of Chicago, reminded us all that influence is given for reasons more significant than iTunes sales as he lead a moment of silence following and speech dedicated to Mike Brown and the city of Ferguson, MO.
Watch the video in it’s entirety HERE compliments of The Hollywood Reporter!
“For the past two weeks, the eyes of the nation have been on Ferguson, Missouri. The people in Ferguson and St. Louis and communities across the country have used their voices to call for justice and change, to let everyone know that each and every one of our lives matters. Hip hop has always been about truth and has been a powerful instrument of social change, from Melle Mel to Public Enemy to Kendrick Lamar, hip hop has always presented a voice for the revolution. I want us all to take a moment of silence for Mike Brown and for peace in this country and in the world.”
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