John Legend’s recent photos on his social media accounts show him as a happy family man who is having the time of his life with his 4-month-old daughter, including a post that showed the singer playing “O Christmas Tree” on the piano in his $14.1 million Beverly Hills mansion, according to Us Magazine.
But there is another side to the 10-time-Grammy award winner’s life, who admits to becoming extremely distressed about various issues currently being faced in America. Like other African-American celebrities, John Legend is deeply troubled by the rising cases of police brutality faced by the African-American community.
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The recent shooting of Alton Sterling by the Baton Rouge police department had already stirred many people across the United States, and to add to the fury, incidents in other parts of the country have left celebrities like John Legend in a state of disbelief as their very faith in the democratic ideals of the USA have been shattered.
For example, in places like Chicago, it has been revealed that four out of five civilians who have fallen victims to police bullets are African-Americans. It seems that John Legends’s conviction in the United States’ Constitution is floundering as he has proclaimed that the “Star Spangled Banner,” the United States’ national anthem, is a weak song that is superfluous in its meaning.
With his affirmation, John Legend has joined the growing number of African-American celebrities like Colin Kaepernick, the American football player, who recently refused to stand for the American National Anthem when it was being played during a match in San Francisco. According to the A.V. Club, John Legend has publicly supported Kaepernick who has now gained notoriety as an “Anti-American.”
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Like Colin Kaepernick, John Legend has also called for a significant change in the police administration by stopping the racist brutalities that are still plaguing present-day America. And like many of the Hollywood celebrities, John Legend has also strived to contribute his talent towards film projects which are in line the cause of the African-Americans. Recently, the “All of Me” singer won an Oscar in the Best Song category for his song “Glory” that was featured in Selma, a movie that is based on the 1960s civil rights movement.
Additionally, John Legend has also shown his enthusiasm to explore the history of Black Americans by producing Underground, a WGN-TV project whose story centers on Georgia’s Underground Railroad network that African slaves used to rely on for escaping to regions that had abolished slavery. According to Rolling Stone magazine, John Legend spoke about the strong message that the television series conveys to the people who are facing oppression even today.
“We’ve seen slavery talked about, but seeing it from this angle is inspiring because it isn’t just about the pain and suffering… It’s about people having the courage to fight back and fight for their freedom.”
Besides fighting for the cause of his fellow African-Americans, John Legend has made efforts to reach out to people who are suffering from AIDS. Recently, John Legend became the brand ambassador of Belvedere Vodka’s RED campaign that aims to raise funds to combat AIDS. As a part of his volunteering role, John Legend performed “Love Me Now,” the sentimental ballad from his upcoming album at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre.
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John Legend’s crusade against racism hasn’t stopped him writing and singing the beautiful romantic songs that he is so famous for. Most recently, John Legend created an impressive number titled “Start” that features in Southside With You, a romantic drama based on the love story of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. According to Rolling Stone magazine, John Legend described the primary motivation behind the song that is played during the couple’s first date.
“When I wrote that song, it was all about trying to capture the tone of the film at that point… the intimacy and closeness of it.”
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