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John Legend, Common Take Home Golden Globe Award For Best Original Song, “Glory”



John Legend and Common took home a Golden Globe Award on Sunday night for their spectacular duet, “Glory,” from Ava DuVernay’s, Selma.

“I want to thank God and the Hollywood Foreign Press,” Common said when accepting the award, presented by the one and only, Prince. “The first day I stepped on the set of Selma, I began to feel like this is bigger than a movie. As I got to know the people of the Civil Rights movement, I realized I am the hopeful Black woman who was denied her right to vote. I am the caring White supporter, killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed Black kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers, murdered in the line of duty. Selma has awaken my humanity.”

Legend chimed in, “I want to thank this man [Common]. He called me up, he said ‘John I want you to help me write a song for this film.’ I am so honored to be part of this amazing film that honors such amazing people that did great work and is so connected to what’ s happening right now.”

Common didn’t just lend his musical talents to the film, he also starred as a Civil Rights crusader,  James Bevel. “Everything about this movie made me want to be a part of it,” he told HipHollywod last month. “People coming together to change the world, that’s who I am.”

Selma was nominated for four Golden Globes, including best director in a motion picture.


Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Bigger & Better Than The First



If you liked Kingsman:The Secret Service, get ready for The Golden Circle. Hands downs this Kingsman is bigger, badder and better than the first.

Director Matthew Vaughn really takes it up a notch and gives fans much more action and fight sequences. Right off the top we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in this amazing car chase scene that will have you applauding as soon as the Prince track ends.

And while we’re talking music the film has an amazing sound track. And if you didnt know, Elton John is also in the film acting and singing some of his classic tunes.

What I also loved were the new editions.  Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal who play the Statesmen – the American version of the Kingsman –  and the dynamic between the two is pretty comical. Vaughn really explores the difference between the two cultures – mannered men in suits versus macho men in jeans and cowboy boots.

Then there’s Julianne Moore who plays the villain, she’s like this maniacal Martha Stewart esque drug lord and she’s quite good at it.

Now there are some obnoxious moments (like that sex scene between Egerton and Poppy Delevigne).  But I think that’s the point. This franchise is all about turning the spy genre on it’s head and introducing the younger generation to a new type of Bond flick … And we think they are going to love it.

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