Common and Andra Day’s Oscars Performance Featured These 10 Amazing Activists
“I thought, ‘What if we got people who really do the work?’”
Andra Day and Common weren’t standing on stage alone when they performed the song “Stand Up For Something” at the Oscars Sunday night.
Ten activists who represent a few of the transformational movements that are reshaping the US joined the two artists during their powerful performance. Throughout the song, spotlights shone on each individual whose commitment to human rights has improved the lives of people throughout the US and the world.
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The pair of artists were joined by Bana Alabed, a Syrian refugee and author, Patrisse Cullors of Black Lives Matter, Tarana Burke of #MeToo, Alice Brown Otter of the Standing Rock Youth Council, Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative, Cecile Richards of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Dolores Huerta of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and United Farm Workers of America, Janet Mock of #GirlsLikeUs, José Andrés of ThinkFoodGroup, and Nicole Hockley of Sandy Hook Promise.
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Common and Day — who have both rocked the stage at the Global Citizen Festival — said they personally contacted each activist to invite them on-stage.
“I thought, ‘What if we got people who really do the work?,'” Common told Variety. “People who are true activists out in the world and on the front line. People whose lives, whether by circumstance, have become prime movers for change.”