Quick Thought on John Legend and Common's Oscar
There are few things that annoy me more than a celebrity not named Chuck D commenting on issues of political/social significance. Let me also say that Common's music/career direction over the last 8-10 years has been a little disappointing and annoying to me (though not surprising). I'll even go further to out my cynical, cranky ass by saying that I'm less than enthusiastic about John Legend (along with Will.I.am) being the unofficial song writers to all corny, socially conscious pop songs. With that said, I think both Common and John Legend represented themselves quite well last night with their Oscar winning acceptance speech. Their point was made in a well prepared, concise, and sincere way. Though I may be incredibly bias as a life long hip hopper, I think Hollywood was taken to school last night on how to use a global platform to express social commentary in a fashion that is least likely to result in a valuable message being dismissed due to a poor messenger.