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Chrisette Michele is looking to make amends with the Black community after performing for Donald Trump at his inauguration … or if not make amends at least explain her actions. The singer was rebuked, ridiculed and reprimanded for aligning with a noted sexist, xenophobe and racist for his inauguration.

Folks on social media painted Chrisette as a sell-out, Uncle Tom and/or house negro. QuestLove offered to pay her not to perform at the event, and Spike Lee warned that he would never use her music again in any of his films if she went through with the performance. While initially silent, Michele is finally responding to her detractors through spoken word in a poem titled, “No Political Genius.” You can read an excerpt below:

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

You can listen to “No Political Genius” in its entirety below.

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Girl Power Prevails At The 2017 American Music Awards

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Music’s most amazing night went down Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. and we have to say the night was all about the ladies!

That’s right the 45th American Music Awards had some major moments and some major girl power starting with Pink and Kelly Clarkson.

The duo got the show started singing R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”, but it was their solo performances that had fans going nuts.

Kelly Clarkson returned to the stage and had everyone on their feet with a medley of her classic tracks and new single “Love So Soft.”

While Pink took her career to new heights leaping off the side of a building while performing her hit single “Beautiful Trauma.”

Christina Aguilera, paid tribute to Whitney Houston with a commemorative performance for the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard.

But the #Majah moment of the night had to be Diana Ross. The Motown legend was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, and performed some of her greatest hits before accepting the honor.

 

Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

 

 

 

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