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With his song for '13th,' Common just wants to be 'part of moving things forward'

With his song for '13th,' Common just wants to be 'part of moving things forward'

Common has won three Grammys, a Golden Globe and an Oscar. So it’s only natural that the rapper, actor and composer is now up for an Emmy.

His song “Letter to the Free” from Ava DuVernay’s Netflix documentary “13th” has been nominated for outstanding music and lyrics.

“It’s still one of those things like, ‘Wow, we are getting recognized by the academy,’” said the rapper, 45, who won the original song Oscar for “Glory” from the film “Selma.” Common, a.k.a Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., also played civil rights leader James Bevel in the film. “As an artist, I create art I want to share, but it’s great to get the nomination, especially for something that has so much...

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