Singer, songwriter Common joined Andra Day singing “Stand up for Something” with a powerful message to feminists, DREAMers and the Parkland, Florida community fighting the NRA.
“On Oscar night, this is the dream we tell,” Common began. “A land where DREAMers live and freedom dwells. Immigrants get the benefits. We put up monuments to feminists. Tell the NRA they in God’s way. And to the people of Parkland we say Ase.”
Activists Khary Penebaker explained that the word “Ase” is a “West African philosophical concept through which the Yoruba of Nigeria conceive the power to make things happen and produce change.”
Common continued touting, “sentiments of love for the people, from Africa to Haiti and Puerto Rico.” It was possibly a reference to Donald Trump’s comments about “sh*thole countries” including Africa and Haiti and the way Puerto Rico has been treated in wake of the hurricanes.
At the end the two asked the audience to stand up for what they believe in, and the Oscar crowd rose to their feet to applaude the message.
Watch it below: