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Thank you so much. Thank you to Essence for inviting us to be here today. Thank you to each one of you. I'm so honored to be among the company of so many beautiful and talented women. It's such a joy for us to be here today to perform. And I want to thank a few people first before I bring out Common to do Glory. First of all, I want to thank Oprah because the first time I ever sang that song, All of Me, on television was on your show, Oprah's Next Chapter. And she told me then that it was going to be a huge hit song and everyone was going to have it at their weddings. And Oprah was right. I wanna thank Shonda because she put it in the finale of Grey's Anatomy last year before anybody knew then song, and then, of course, I wanna thank Ava Duvernay because we're gonna sing a song that we wrote for. Her beautiful, outstanding, award winning film Selma and then this song would not exist without her vision and her powerful film making. Common spoke to her about writing a song for this film then Common called me. And asked me to write it with him. And I feel so honored to be a part of this, part of this film, part of the movement, and we hopefully wrote a song that will inspire people to keep on marching. So thank you for inviting us to do that, and I want to bring up Common right now. So, we're gonna do a song called Glory. From Selma [APPLAUSE]

John Legend Challenges Men To Join The Fight For Women's Rights BEFORE They Have Daughters

The 2017 ESSENCE Festival performer says he's not a fan of guys who wait until becoming fathers of daughters to care about equal rights for women.


Multi-talented entertainer John Legend has long been someone who has used his platform as a celebrity to bring awareness to some of the many social issues plaguing our communities and now he’s weighing in with some keen advice about men taking a stand for women’s rights.

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Taking to his personal Instagram page earlier this week, the Grammy Award-winning singer, actor, producer and activist put his support behind a new initiative from the MAKERS organization called “MAKERS men.” He used the moment to urge his fellow men not to wait until they had daughters to get involved in the fight for women’s rights.

“I don’t like when guys are like, “Oh, I have a daughter now so, now I care about women’s rights,” he says in the IG video clip. A proud new father himself, John went on to say that while it’s a great gesture, men should really be feminists regardless of whether or not they have daughters.

Given that most men have at least a mother, aunt, sister, wife, girlfriend, niece or some othe female figure in their lives long before they even become fathers, we couldn’t agree with John’s comments more.

Be sure to grab your tickets to see John Legend light up the stage, alongside more of the biggest names in music, at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans this July.