Chrisette Michele’s name was dragged through the mud after the singer agreed to perform at Donald Trump’s Inaugural Ball and it hasn’t slowed down.
Despite being berated on social media by fans, being offered money to not sing and even having Spike Lee pull her track “Black Girl Magic” from his new series She’s Gotta Have It, the singer still stuck to her guns. But now, is the pop star regretting her decision to participate?
The New York native has gone on record to say that her family “disowned” her after taking on what probably felt like an opportunity of a life time. “ll say that the backlash, I did personally feel, came from members of my extended family who decided that they didn’t want to speak to me anymore or support my family in supporting me,” she told Billboard.
She explained that she was also “saddened by Spike Lee’s comments because he’s somebody that I look up to in our community. Now that I’m working on my own show, I’m looking to him, so he’s the one I’m supposed to be able to come to and say, ‘Ok, Spike, you understand my city, where I’m from, my world, show me how to do this.'”
Michele, who confirmed that she did indeed get a check for performing, also said that at the end of it all, she didn’t even get to meet Trump. “Originally I was supposed to perform directly after his first speech, and I had done that with Barack Obama before, so I was used to that kind of experience. And the woman who organized the event came and told me, ‘Now you’re going to go first and he’s going to go after you.; I looked her in the eye and said, ‘My family has disowned me. If you decide to Google me, you’ll see that America is writing about me in their newspapers. I’m the black poster child for discord right now, and he’s not going to shake my hand?’ So no, I didn’t get to meet him.”
CM, who released a poem titled “No Political Genius” following all the backlash, also opened up about the controversial performance while on The Breakfast Club.
Is Hollywood Trying To Make Sterling K. Brown The New Denzel Washington?
Sir Sidney Poitier was a force to be reckoned with in the 60’s and 70’s. Denzel Washington came onto the scene in the late 80’s and instantly stole the hearts of women around the world. And we can’t forget about the Blair Underwoods, Morris Chestnuts and the Shemar Moores of the 90’s.
But while many of these men are still around knocking roles out of the ballpark, we can’t help but notice the push for one major newcomer: Sterling K. Brown.
Although having been in the business for some time, it was Brown’s portrayal of Christopher Darden in FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson that really stole the attention of audiences around the nation.
And if that wasn’t enough, Brown became one of the most idolized characters on NBC’s This Is Us, playing a successful Black man in a successful Black marriage, navigating his way though his relationships with siblings.
Now after picking up two Emmy Awards, there seems to be a big push in the media to make Brown the new universal “it” man. Sure he is the ultimate trifecta — ear to ear smile, impeccable acting chops and a banging body.
But there’s a very direct narrative being told. Is Sterling on his way to becoming Hollywood’s new beef cake? Is Hollywood setting the star up to have the same level of celebrity and placement in this bizarre hierarchy as the beloved Denzel?
On Monday, Brown even appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres show for the first time somehow ended up with his shirt off.
Sure the popular daytime series had a “reason” behind having the actor ride a tractor without his shirt on … but this is clearly another way of reminding the world that the sex appeal is on point.
Needless to say, nobody will replace the many men who have led the way for stars before them. But there’s no doubt the industry is holding it’s arms wide open for Brown to come running in for the largest embrace of a lifetime.
NEWS3 days ago
Cops Shoot T-Boz’s Cousin 17-20 Times –Read The Emotional Plea To Her Thousands Of Followers!
NEWS6 days ago
Torrei Hart Speaks Out Amid Kevin Hart Extortion Scandal
EXCLUSIVES5 days ago
Exclusive Details: Kevin Hart’s Mistress Montia Sabbag Speaks + How Long The Pair’s Relationship Lasted!
NEWS3 days ago
Karrueche Tran’s Savage Response To Wendy Williams’ Chris Brown Abuse Question
NEWS4 days ago
Tracee Ellis Ross Tackles ‘Vogue’s’ 73 Questions: Sex, Threesomes & Golden Globes
NEWS5 days ago
Gina Torres Confirms Split From Laurence Fishburne After Photos Surface Of Her Kissing Another Man
NEWS4 days ago
Everything You Need To Know About Halle Berry’s New Man, Alex Da Kid
NEWS3 days ago
Video: Kevin Hart’s Mistress Montia Sabbag Works Pole In Shocking Stripper-ish Video