In addition to her soulful voice, Chrisette is known for aligning herself with social justice and Black liberation lyrically. The title track from her third studio album is called “Let Freedom Reign” and featured
So imagine everyone’s surprise when the former R&B Divas: Los Angeles star confirmed that she would be performing at Donald J. Trump’s inauguration on Friday. There was a mixture of disappointment and outrage. Spike Lee has decided not to use her music in his upcoming Netflix series. Questlove and her former collaborator Kweli are willing to pay her not to do the gig. And Black Twitter has not let Chrisette’s mentions have a moment’s rest since the announcement.
The singer released a statement on her blog that was then copied to her Instagram account.
"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
If you want to ride this wave of publicity and deposit a nice check into your account, by all means, get your money, sis. But don’t insult your fans by suggesting that we’re somehow missing a bigger point about unity and progress.