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.
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‘America is running away like rats’: Watch angry Kurds blame US troops for dead babies as they withdraw
The Associated Press obtained video of Kurds pelting American military vehicles with fruit as they withdrew from Syria.
The video was first captured by a Kurdish news agency, the AP said in a report on Monday.
“Like rats, America is running away,” one man shouted in Arabic. Another shouted obscenities and talked of babies in Kurdish-held Syria who had died in the Turkish offensive.
The scene encapsulated the Kurds’ feelings of betrayal and added a new indignity to a US withdrawal that has been rushed and involved several close brushes with Turkish-backed forces.
WATCH: White House protesters chant ‘impeach Trump’ loud enough for aides to hear
Protesters gathered in front of the White House on Sunday to call on President Donald Trump to be removed from office.
Videos circulated online showed protesters chanting "impeach Trump" close enough to the White House for staff to hear the demonstration.
In other videos, protesters were blowing loud whistles.
Meanwhile, demonstrators also greeted Trump as he visited his New Jersey golf course. Pro-impeachment protesters were also reportedly out on the streets in Boston and New York City.
Watch some of the video clips below.
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White House urged diplomats to stay quiet about withheld aid to Ukraine: ‘Nothing to see here’
As Democrats proceed with impeachment, there are explosive new revelations almost daily related to President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that top diplomats were instructed to keep quiet about the temporary freeze on the $141 million package of aid to Ukraine.
“Keep moving, people, nothing to see here,” Brad Freden, the State Department’s acting deputy assistant secretary of Europe and Eurasia, said in an email.