If you’re familiar with Common’s rap career, then you would know that he always takes time to celebrate the black woman–just listen to “The Light.” The Chicago rhymer just released a new single called “Lovestar,” where he lovingly salutes his black queens.
Common has partnered with filmmaker Nefertite Nguvbu to present a short film for the song. Entitled “Love Star,” the film is a celebration of black women and black love.
“When I wrote the song, I was thinking about when you really love a person,” he tells 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.”
As for how he came up with the term Love Star, Common explained the simplicity of the title.
“So, the theme, Love Star, came up just because I thought it was a cool nickname to call somebody that you’re close to. You know how people say, ‘oh, that’s my bae’ or my ‘boo’ or ‘my girl,’ like we used to say,” he said.
“Love Star is like a beautiful way of describing somebody important in your life that you care about,” he added. “I also wanted to honor Black women myself, as a Black man. I wanted to show that we revere and hold you high, Black woman. We love you and care for you and honor you.”
Watch Common shed some “light” on the beauty of black women and black love above.