John Legend and Common get political at Oscars

February 23, 2015 5:10 AM

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John Legend and Common get political at Oscars

Singer John Legend and hip-hop artist Common addressed the state of ongoing struggle for racial equality in the U.S. in their speech after winning best original song at the Oscars on Sunday night, drawing comparisons between Martin Luther King Jr.’s march in “Selma” and recent events.

“We know that the Voting Rights Act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country,” Legend said, referencing the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision that essentially invalidated the centerpiece of the 1965 civil rights legislation.

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