Is there anything Common and Ava DuVernay can't accomplish together? After setting a groundbreaking precedent at last year's Oscars for Selma, the duo can now add an Emmy to their collective winning streak.
On Saturday night (Sept. 9), the "Come Close" rapper took home his first Emmy along with Robert Glasper for the soul-bearing track “Letters To The Free,” which was featured in the Netflix original documentary 13th. Under the direction of Ava, 13th investigates the trivializing history of America's school-to-prison pipeline.
The Chicago native’s Emmy win was one of four the documentary earned for its pivotal storytelling. “I want to thank God first and foremost,” Common said candidly of the esteemed accomplishment. “Any time I get a chance to work with Ava DuVernay it leads to something positive, something strong."
The 45-year-old also revealed that working alongside the Queen Sugar director inspired him recently to visit inmates at Folsom State Prison. "Her work has led me to go to prisons in California,” he explained. “And talk to the prisoners. I met some of the most humane people ever… I was enlightened in my life in the way that I haven’t been in a long time.”
Along with Common’s win, Ava also took home a gold statue for the distinction of an Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special. Upon earning his Emmy, Common can add the prestigious award to his long list of Grammys as well as his Oscar for "Glory" ― making him one step away from earning the distinction of EGOT.
The Chi-town lyricist took to social media to celebrate the achievement by citing the lyrics of the Notorious B.I.G and dedicating his win to those affected by the prison system.
Take a look at Common's heartfelt Instagram post below.
Although I'm honored and excited beyond belief for this award, my motivation for doing this song was from the heart like it always is. This award is for all the incarcerated people in the prison system and for justice. In the words of the late great Phife, "I'll never let a statue tell me how nice I am...". We have more work to do and this is only the beginning. So please don't think for 1 second that my passion for justice stops here. Thank You @televisionacad @netflix @ava @karriemriggins1 @robertglasper @bilalmusic #Elena #Roy #Burnis and everyone involved with this project. #ImagineJustice
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