Monday evening’s VH1 Hip-Hop Honors was more than just honoring the ladies of hip-hop, but about honoring all black women.
While introducing a tribute to Queen Latifah, Common also took time to pay homage to the women of the movement for black rights who continue to work to disrupt injustice and police brutality.
“I also want to take this moment to honor all the sisters who have been on the front lines in our ongoing movement for justice,” he said. “I’m talking about Fannie Lou Hamer, Diane Nash, Angela Davis, Assata Shakur, Shirley Chisholm, I’m talking about the Black Lives Matter founders.”
The Chi-town emcee took the time to mention “everyday women” like Diamond Reynolds, who courageously documented her boyfriend Philando Castile’s last moments on video during a police stop. “[Reynolds] tried to calmly deescalate the deadly situation and hours later, was at her governor’s mansion, demanding justice,” he continued.
“Black women, we see you. We love you. We are with you and we believe in your leadership.”
Before the show, Common gave fans a peek of what he was doing as he was arriving at the VH1 Hip Hop Honor show in a video.
Thank you Common for what you do for community.