Chicago’s very own, Common is coming off a successful weekend after winning an Emmy award at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Common, Robert Glasper, and Karriem Riggins earned an Emmy for the category “Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics” for their song, “Letter to the Free.” “Letter to the Free” is from Ava DuVernay’s documentary, 13th which explores the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States.

Common becomes one step closer to earning EGOT status, an honor for people who have won at least one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award. Common shared an Oscar with John Legend for their Best Original Song in 2015 for “Glory,” the powerful anthem from “Selma” also directed by DuVernay. For his amazing artistry Common took home three Grammy awards throughout the last 15 years, “Love Of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop), “Southside”, and “Glory.” Therefore, Common only needs a Tony award to secure EGOT status.

After winning his Emmy award Common explained how much this award is for the culture and there’s much more work to do to improve the justice system. Common stated, “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”


Published By: Marcus Blueitt (Intern)