Chrisette Michele Pens Open Letter to Fans After News of Trump Performance
BY: NISHA THOMAS
Following several reports of her planned performance at the Donald Trump inauguration, former R&B Diva and songwriter, Chrisette Michele, has now issued an open letter after receiving much backlash for her decision.
While Michele doesn’t directly confirm her performance, she 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, before later referencing civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and adding, “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.”
The initial report that was given by the New York Daily News said that the famous Grammy-winning singer agreed to sing for the new president-elect as long as “she could perform an R&B set.” Her reps did not immediately respond to media requests for comment.
Drummer for The Root, Questlove, gave his thoughts on the news, bribing and saying that he would “pay Chrisette to NOT perform” for Trump or his counterparts.
Her show at New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom, which was scheduled on Thursday, January 19th, was canceled due to what her team called a “scheduling conflict,” according to an announcement that was made from the venue’s Twitter account.
Check out what Michele wrote in her open letter, that still got her roasted:
“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