Grammy winners Jazmine Sullivan and Dernst D’Mile Emile have submitted their original new song “Stand Up,” from the upcoming Till biopic, to the Academy Awards for Best Original Song consideration.
Variety reports the song, which will release October 7, will be featured during the end credits of the true-story film of Mamie Till Mobley, the mother of Emmett Till, the young boy brutally lynched in Mississippi in 1955.
Sullivan, who performed the new song, says she understands how vital it is to tell the story.
“I’m honored to be able to contribute to such a powerful film about such a historic and tragic moment in American history,” Sullivan said. “I believe that part of my purpose is to give space for stories that are often ignored and silenced; the Black experience in particular. So I’m glad that the story of Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till, is being told so generations old and young can be educated and inspired to make a change. I hope that after people see this film they’ll be moved to stand up against the racism we are still facing today.”
Fresh off her two Grammy wins, including Best R&B album for Heaux Tales, Sullivan has always used her art to uplift and encourage Black women and the Black community.
“The project became so much more than just my own kind of catharsis for the things that I was going through, it became a really a safe place for Black women,” Sullivan told reporters at the 2022 Grammy Awards. “This project has just done so much for us to kind of come together and just share our stories and not be ashamed about the things that we went through.”
Till opens in theaters Friday, October 14.
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