UPDATE: Chrisette Michele Pens Open Letter About Playing Trump Inauguration
UPDATE: Chrisette Michele was dragged all up and down Twitter last night after word broke that she would be one of the many D-listers performing at president-elect Donald Trump‘s inauguration. To possibly defend her statement, Michele shared an open letter via her Rich Hipster label, saying, “My heart is broken for our country. I am willing to be a bridge. I don’t mind “These Stones,” if they allow me to be a voice for the voiceless.”
You can read the full message + share your thoughts below:
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.
Other performers include Sam Moore, 3 Doors Down, Jon Voight and Toby Keith. Broadway singer Jennifer Holliday was scheduled to perform, but then she canceled, citing “a lapse of judgement.”
See original story below.
Fake News? Perhaps. But according to the New York Daily News Chrisette Michele will be performing at Donald Trump‘s inauguration. The New York Daily News received the information from “sources close to the festivities.” Many fans were not happy. Questlove took to Twitter to say, “I’d pay Chrisette to NOT perform.” Chrisette Michele has yet to have commented on whether or not she will actually be performing. The hashtag #ChrisetteIsCancelled has been going around Twitter, with people voicing their disagreement, anger, and bewilderment with the singer’s choice to perform at the inauguration. The lineup for Trump’s inauguration is looking lackluster to say the least. Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down, and Sam Moore of the Motown duo Sam & Dave will be performing at the Make America Great Again! celebration. Meanwhile, The Women’s March on Washington will have Janelle Monae, Maxwell, MC Lyte, and more perform. Even Beyonce has thrown her support behind the March via a post made to Facebook. Beyonce wrote, “Together with Chime for Change, we raise our voices as mothers, as artists, and as activists. As#GlobalCitizens, we can make our voices heard and turn awareness into meaningful action and positive change. #WomensMarch.”
The march, which will take place on Saturday, January 21st, expects to have over 100,000 participants. It also has a large list of other celebrity and artist endorsements that include America Ferrera, Uzo Aduba, Cristela Alonzo, Patricia Arquette, Danielle Brooks, Cher, Lea DeLaria, Diane Guerrero, Danai Gurira, Chelsea Handler, Scarlett Johansson, Margo Jefferson, Angelique Kidjo, Padma Lakshmi, Stephanie March, Shantell Martin, Debra Messing, Frances McDormand, Julianne Moore, Hari Nef, Katy Perry, Monica Raymond, Amy Schumer, Yara Shahidi, Alia Sherif, Kara Walker, Olivia Wilde, Constance Wu, Zendaya, and many more. Scroll down to peep some Twitter comments regarding the news that Chrisette Michele will be joining Trump’s inauguration lineup.
I'd pay Chrisette to NOT perform ?
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) January 18, 2017
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) January 18, 2017
Chrisette Michele after she seen that check for Donald Trump's Inauguration concert. ? pic.twitter.com/akQaGIoDzk
— NUFF$AID (@nuffsaidNY) January 18, 2017
— MsDimples (@MsNadaNee504) January 19, 2017
— Temica Gross (@MeekSpeaks101) January 19, 2017
— IG: iRunzwild ✊ (@iRunzWild) January 19, 2017