On Friday, singers Common and Andra Day celebrated the release of their latest collaborative single titled “Stand Up For Something,” with a live performance on Good Morning America. The new song appears on the soundtrack for Marshall, an upcoming feature film about the life of Thurgood Marshall, who was America’s first African-American Supreme Court justice. The arrival of the song on Friday could not have come at a more fitting time, with the country currently buzzing in debate and concern on race relations and nationalistic integrity.
As seen and heard in the video above, the two popular recording artists perform their powerful new anthem as viewers and fans outside the GMA studios shared their own messages by writing different causes for which they “stand up” for. In an interview with Robin Roberts prior to the performance, both Common and Andra shared their thoughts on what the song means to them, in addition to how it relates to the current societal landscape across the U.S.
“It could have taken place in the '60s or '70s, but it’s relevant to today,” Common can be heard telling Roberts in the video below. “Unfortunately, we have to encounter these issues, but we have to take them head-on. And I feel like we’re not afraid now. As human beings, we’ve got to look out for each other. We’ve got to stand up for whatever it may be, whether it’s animal rights, the environment, women’s rights, and standing up against the injustices.”
Common made headlines throughout the summer by touring and performing at various prisons across the country as part of his social justice and justice reform initiative. Day also made a musical point in standing up to injustice and racism recently in releasing a cover of “Strange Fruit,” a song that was made famous by Billie Holiday back in the 1930s.