R&B singer Chrisette Michele has released her first new song since performing at an official Trump inauguration event this past weekend. Its title, “No Political Genius,” (the title track from a forthcoming album) echoes her statement released following the controversy surrounding her appearance at Trump’s Liberty Ball, as well as the preface to a statement tweeted last July about the election campaign. The lyrics allude to former collaborator Questlove's criticism and Spike Lee’s decision not to use her music in his upcoming Netflix series, Black Girl Magic.
Michele begins the spoken-word track: “I am the black song Spike Lee won’t sing/I am the black voice inauguration bells ring.” She goes on to put forward a vehement defense of her decision, describing herself as the “black elephant in the red room scared shook.”
Your hateful words won’t be my defining moment ... They will be my ammunition to fight the system/We will win them/Hope is alive/This is my standing/For John Lewis and Ben Carson/Questlove, Spike Lee, and before them/I won’t divide now/That’s not smart now/God before me, I won’t back down/This is my damn America now