- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 19, 2017

Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Chrisette Michele responded to backlash over her decision to perform at Donald Trump’s inaugural concert Thursday evening, writing in an open letter to fans that her intentions are to be a “voice for the voiceless.”

“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,” Ms. Michele, 34, said in a statement posted to her Twitter on Thursday.

“This country has had great moments. God has shined His light upon us,” the singer continued. “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,” she concluded, ending her letter with the hashtag #NoPoliticalGenius.

Ms. Michele is among several entertainers who have been forced to defend their decision to participate in Mr. Trump’s inauguration. Director Spike Lee announced Thursday that he was considering using one of Ms. Michele’s song “Black Girl Magic” in his upcoming Netflix series, “She’s Gotta Have It,” but won’t anymore because of her stance.

Good Morning Folks. I Wuz Sorry To Read That “Sistuh Girl” Is Singin’ At DT’s Inauguration (And To Use His Fav Word-SAD). I Wuz Thinkin’ ‘bout Using Chrisette’s Song- BLACK GIRL MAGIC In My Netflix Series SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT…. NOT ANYMORE. And Dat’s Da Truth, Ruth.

A photo posted by Spike Lee (@officialspikelee) on Jan 19, 2017 at 4:10am PST

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