After performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration ball last Friday (January 20) to much dismay, Chrisette Michele has released a brand new song in response to the criticism, titled “No Political Genius.”
Echoing the sentiments made in her recent open letter released after news surfaced about her attending the inauguration event, Michele’s spoken-word piece contains lyrics alluding to criticism by Spike Lee, Questlove and all those who opposed her decision to performing for Trump.
“I am the black song Spike Lee won’t sing / I am the black voice inauguration bells ring,” she begins. “Spike won’t pay me / a crook from Crooklyn,” she continues, before later describing herself as the “Black elephant in the red room scared shook.” As for her interpretation of being invited by Trump’s administration to perform, she says, “White House invites me, you call me their coon / I am the butterfly growing from history’s cocoon.” Later, the singer reveals that she has taken the “hateful words” as “ammunition to fight the system.”
“This is my standing / For John Lewis and Ben Carson / Questlove, 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.”
In addition to Michele’s remarks, the singer’s fiancé also issued a statement in response to the backlash, specifically to Spike Lee, who pulled her song “Black Girl Magic” from his forthcoming Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It.” Michele’s manager and soon-to-be husband Doug “Biggs” Ellison took to Instagram and posted the following since-deleted message:
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