Can I tell y’all something? If you asked me to name a single Chrisette Michele song I couldn’t do it. Not a one. I know her name, I know her face, but has she ever left a lasting impression on me with her music? Nope. I don’t say that to discredit her, although I probably have, but I say it to add credence to my belief that her decision to sing at the inauguration will probably have the same effect. No one will remember what she sang or how she sang it. We’ll just know that she did it, and that will be enough.
Here’s what she has to say about singing at the Inauguration:
“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
If you recall, after several black men were murdered by police officers last summer, Chrisette Michele took to her Instagram to tell black folks that boycotting and civil disobedience is not the answer.
Can I just say this whole #nopoliticalgenuis hashtag is a cop out. It doesn’t absolve you from doing and saying hurtful shit to your own people. You don’t have to be any sort of genius to know what the hell is going on.
Can I also say that it’s not likely you’ll catch me in a crowd on any day. My nerves can’t take it. But will I tell my own people how they should react in the face of racism? Will I tell them that because some black folks have “made it” we shouldn’t be mad? That instead we should just focus on being good negroes? Will I assume that we are putting more effort and reinforces into protests than we are into our own education? Will I tell my own people, who are often likened to animals, particularly apes, that we are to be civilized, thereby giving credence to the belief that we are uncivilized? This is the same tired ass respectability bullshyt Bill Cosby tried to sell us in his infamous Pound Cake Speech.We have two of the most educated POTUS and FLOTUS in the White House today, yet has that stopped the Fox News crowd from undermining and outright disrespecting them? Calling their daughters disgusting names? When has being respectability ever protected a black person?
I’m okay with people having different opinions. That’s fine, we can’t and we shouldn’t all agree on the same things all the time. From my understanding, however, Chrisette Michele is a person of influence, and assuming this is true, it’s dangerously irresponsible of her spout off this rhetoric, especially when it is steeped in egregious misinformation about her own people.
Also, I wanted to end this piece that declaring that the best female R&B singer of my generation is the one and only Jazmyn “Me Mek One Likkl Mistake An You Wan Dun Us” Sullivan. #endrant #chrisettemichelewho?