The parallels between the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and the war on Black men today couldn’t be any clearer as millions continue to take to the streets and demand justice in the recent killings of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and, sadly, many more. As we talked to rapper Common who not only plays outspoken leader James Bevel in the upcoming historical drama “Selma,” but has also been vocal himself about the injustices African Americans are facing right from the battleground in Ferguson, the Chi-town native revealed a special message he hopes readers will understand when they watch this film, making a point to say you don’t have to be perfect to join the fight; you just have to stand up for what’s right. Watch the video and see what he had to say about being a apart of such a historic moment in time on-screen and off.

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