Chrisette Michele joined the list of entertainers who performed at the president’s Inaugural Ball on Friday night. The Grammy award-winning singer has been overwhelmed with backlash since it was leaked that she’d be performing at the event. So much that she responded to the backlash in her defense.
“We can’t be present, if we’re silent,” Chrisette wrote in an open letter where she addressed the criticism and negativity imposed on her. The singer’s open letter allows everyone to see things from her perspective. She said that she’s willing to be a bridge for peace and progression.
“My heart is broken for our country, for the hopes of our children, for the fights of those who came before us. I cry at the thought that Black History, American History might be in vain. This country has had great moments. God has shined His light upon us. Today, I hope that Great Moments begin in peaceful & progressive conversation. I am willing to be a bridge. I don’t mind “These Stones”, if they allow me to be a voice for the voiceless. I am here. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about what matters,”. I am here, representing you, because this is what matters.” – Chrisette Michele #NoPoliticalGenius We Can’t Be Present If We’re Silent | LINK IN BIO
The letter, that contained quotes from Martin Luther King Jr, didn’t seem to help much. Thursday morning, Spike Lee announced his decision to not use the singer’s song in his Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It” because of her choice to perform at the inaguaration.
As the backlash continued, fans weighed in on Twitter and Questlove joined in stating that he’d pay Chrisette not to perform.
The fact is that Chrisette Michele stood behind her decision and performed the gospel song “Intentional” with singer Travis Greene.
She reflected on her performance via Instagram.
I had an amazing time lifting up the name of Jesus last night with my friend @travisgreenetv ???????????????????????? #LoveOnly #LightOnly #HopeOnly | Thank you to @aliceandolivia for the collaborative, CFDA and Basquiat piece I wore to the ball. The proceeds support the advancement of the creative arts…a place that is being stripped, in order to reduce “government spending”. #Nopoliticalgenius
Chrisette also released a new song called “No Political Genius” to address all the criticism she received. Read the lyrics below.
LINK IN BIO | No Political Genius I am the black song that Spike Lee won’t sing I am the black voice inauguration bells ring I am the black sheep disguising the scared wolf No I am the black elephant in the red room, scared shook White House invites me, you can call me their coon I am the butterfly growing from slavery’s cocoon I carry the mantle with God as my goon He provides the life support, I’m dying singing his tune Church folks may not clap, but I’ll sing there song Hip hop for Jay Z, now you say You Lost One R&B for Def Jam, Rich Hipster for Brooklyn But Spike won’t pay me, A Crook from Crooklyn I’m Still a BLACK GIRL – MAGIC I’m still American – Tragic I’m still Born Again – Miracle And We’re on the border line – Pinacle The brink of love or destruction This is the junction Will we divide in consumption Of social media productions Or will we finally unite Win the 200 year fight 70’s fists up unite Or did MLK die for spite No political genius But I won’t let this defeat us I refuse to back down I’ll use my art as my crown And you can call me your fool Rehearse lines you didn’t learn in school They won’t be my definition Or defining moment, Not my vision Or my anger, I won’t own it Or my prison, Nope won’t condone it They will be my ammunition To fight the system We will win them Hope is alive This is my stand in For John Lewis And Ben Carson Quest Love, Spike Lee And before them I won’t divide now That’s not smart now God before me I won’t back down This is MY damn America now Came on a boat Now I’ll Rock It Gave me the mic Now I’ll Rock It Gave me the vote Didn’t profit… And I’m NO POLITICAL GENIUS But these ain’t politics as usual I’m no mad dog but I rebel May I revel In the freedom of speech In the art standing for peace Basquiat style Paint streets On the front lines Let’s meet We can sing one song Victory And one anthem Land of the free As one army You and Me A political genius I’ll never be #NoPoliticalGenius
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Written By: Plychette Montgomery