CELEBRATING BLACK LOVE: Common
HIP-HOP VETERAN has created a a mini documentary to recognise love between black men and women.
The project, directed by filmmaker Nefertite Nguvu,is named after his latest single Love Star, which he coined as a term of endearment for one’s significant other.
“When I wrote the song, I was thinking about when you really love a person,” the Chicago lyricist told Essence.
“I thought about when I love a woman and I can enjoy her, but at the same time she can enjoy me and we can have fun and laugh. But then there’s also a real bond that’s there that has spirituality, growth, support and integrity connected in it. We’re willing to make mistakes, but we’re there for each other; that’s true love.”
The 44-year-old said his goal for the Love Star project was a simply to honour black women from the perspective of a black man.
On their collaborative project, filmmaker Nguvu celebrated the chance to showcase more positive images of black women in the media.
“Any time I have the opportunity to do work that gives us a sense of visibility and dignity and complexity, I am excited to do it.
“I think there’s need for it, especially with all of the images that exist that depict Black women in the opposite light. This was an opportunity to point a camera and have women talk to us about something simple and human and true, which is love. So, it was just a joy for me to work on the project.”