It's been a whirlwind week for the singer, who performed at Trump's inaugural ball. Now, she's trying to turn things around.
There was an outpouring of disappointment when news broke that R&B singer/songwriter Chrisette Michele would be performing at Trump’s inauguration. While many fans hoped the singer would cancel, she went ahead and performed as planned.
Her decision to do so cost her dearly, with director Spike Lee cutting her music from his upcoming Netflix remake of She’s Gotta Have It. But Michele’s fiancé, Doug Ellison, fired back at the acclaimed director, posting and then deleting a piece from late art icon Basquiat with the caption “F–k You!” Michele’s fiancé may have tried to seem witty with the caption––”F–k You” is possibly a reference to another Basquiat piece––but the piece Ellison posted is actually titled “La Hara.” The singer decided to stick by her man, sharing the post on Twitter before it was deleted.
Monday morning, Michele dropped “No Political Genius,” a spoken word track from a forthcoming project called Still American. The track is meant to provide hope and spark discussion, however, lyrics include, “I am the black song that Spike Lee won’t sing” and “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” as the singer throws shots and continues to defend her inauguration performance throughout the poem.
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
The singer has also taken to Instagram in her continued efforts to clarify her reason for performing at Trump’s inauguration. Writing,”I had an amazing time lifting up the name of Jesus last night with my friend @travisgreenetv #LoveOnly #LightOnly #HopeOnly,” she wrote, “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’.”
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