Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Chrisette Michele Pens Open Letter on Trump Performance: ‘I Am Willing To Be A Bridge’

Singer Chrisette Michele peforms onstage at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 3, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Singer Chrisette Michele performs onstage at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 3, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

*After reports of her participation in Donald Trump’s inauguration surfaced Wednesday, R&B singer Chrisette Michele has responded to the backlash in an open letter posted on her blog titled “We Can’t Be Present If We’re Silent.”

The artist doesn’t outright confirm Wednesday’s New York Daily News report that she agreed to sing for the president “so long as she could perform an R&B set,” but Michele writes that she is “willing to be a bridge” for the country.

“My heart is broken for our country, for the hopes of our children, for the fights of those who came before us,” she writes.

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,” Michele continued.

Read Michele’s full letter below:

“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

Meanwhile, Michele’s concert scheduled for tonight (Jan 19) at New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom was canceled “due to a scheduling conflict,” according to the venue’s announcement on Twitter.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. How is she going to be a ‘bridge’ with someone who has open contempt for people of color? Who looks at black folks as ‘criminals’ and ‘unemployed’, living in ‘crime-infested’ neighborhoods?? She is not equipped to deal with the likes of Trump and kowtowing and playing ‘nice’ is not what black folks need. Just admit you are doing it for the money and not to ‘represent black people’. Negro, please!!!!

  2. @NYCsoul… EXACTLY!! The only thing being bridged are the 0’s on the check Trump’s bed wench (Omarosa) is giving her, as a way bring in willing black talent.. A line-up of mediocre and has-been performers willing to shuck and jive for a check…

    • Kaotic, these negroes make me sick!! If they were so concerned about the welfare of black people, they should have spoke up during the Obama years. I liked Obama but some of his policies really hurt us, particularly, in employment. Where was MLK 3, Steve Harvey, and this chick??? Nowhere to be found. They all need to take several seats!

  3. She is lucky she cancelled at the last moment cause she would not have sold another CD. The backlash is so much these (sell my soul )people didn’t see it coming. Steve Harvey, should take some of his money and help the inter-cities, not taking pictures with that orange face goat.

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