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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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Cardi B. Just Made Rap History!!

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You can’t F with her if you wanted to…

Carbi B. scored a major hit with her single “Bodak Yellow”. And after a viral campaign calling for fans to make Cardi #1, it happened. The reality star turned rapper just dethroned Taylor Swift for the number one position on the Hot 100 chart.

According to Billboard:

Cardi B is only the fifth female rapper ever to lead the Hot 100 at all. After (Lauryn) Hill (with “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998), Lil’ Kim ruled for five weeks in 2001 with Christina Aguilera, Mya and P!nk on “Lady Marmalade”; Shawnna reigned as featured on Ludacris’ “Stand Up,” which topped the Dec. 6, 2003, chart; and Iggy Azalea‘s introductory Hot 100 hit, “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, led for seven weeks in 2014.

Cardi B is also the first female soloist to top the Hot 100 with a debut track unaccompanied by another artist since Meghan Trainor, whose “All About That Bass” led for eight weeks beginning Sept. 20, 2014.

Let’s all clap for Cardi!

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