“All Hail The Queens” was created to honor female trailblazers in hip-hop, like the legendary Lil Kim, Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa, and Missy Elliott. But when Common got on stage to tribute Queen Latifah, he used the platform to idolize not only the honorees, but also all black women. Period.
Common went back in history, and shouted out some of the African American political activists who fought during the Civil Rights Movement for equality and justice. They were the first set of women to stand up for what they believed in and protest for a change. They accomplished a lot for the black community, allowing us to partake in the several things we indulge in, and the fight still continues today. He didn’t forget to recognize Diamond Reynolds, who was in the car with her boyfriend Philando Castile, last week when he was shot to death by police.
“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,” Common 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.”
“And I’m also talking about everyday women,” Common continued. “Women like Diamond Reynolds, who filmed the police killing (of Castile), who tried to calmly de-escalate the deadly situation and hours later, was at her governor’s mansion, demanding justice.”
Common’s gratitude for women in general spoke volumes.
More power to the black women who are out here trying to make a difference in this crazy world we live in.