Chrisette Michele: My Family Cut Me Off For Performing At Inauguration

The performer discussed the backlash she's faced since last Friday.
In a new Billboard interview, the singer-songwriter opened up about the reaction to her performance
In a new Billboard interview, the singer-songwriter opened up about the reaction to her performance at President Trump’s inauguration.

Chrisette Michele has had a hard few days, thanks to her performance at President Trump’s inauguration on Friday.

The singer-songwriter, who released a spoken word track “No Political Genius” on Monday, spoke with Billboard about the days leading up to and following her performance.

In light of the death threats fellow performer Jennifer Holliday endured, Michele revealed to the magazine that she decided to change her number, but she seems to have no regrets. 

“I changed my phone number also. I didn’t even think to say no. It didn’t cross my mind. The first thing I thought was that I have an opportunity to get in front of these people who don’t seem to understand who they’re talking to and show them what we look like,” she said.

Michele added that, thanks to her performance, she’s been cut off from some family members. 

“I’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 said.

The 34-year-old wasn’t fazed by her critics until Spike Lee spoke out on Instagram that he was removing her song “Black Girl Magic” from his upcoming Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It.”

“I was so saddened by Spike Lee’s comments because he’s somebody that I look up to in our community,” Michele said. “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.’”

Read more of Chrisette Michele’s interview here.

CORRECTION: This article previously misstated that Jennifer Holliday performed at the inauguration. She was initially scheduled to do so and later decided not to perform.



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