Chrisette Michele Talks to Roland Martin about being dropped by Capitol Records and…

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The Grammy Award Winning Singer, Chrisette Michele comes out of hiding about the devastation that took place after singing at Trump inauguration.

If you missed today’s episode of  NewsOne Now with Roland Martin, you missed an exclusive interview with Chrisette Michele! The last nine months have been extremely tough for R&B/Soul star. Fans have continued to spew their disappointment, frustration and disdain on social media after her decision to accept an invitation to perform at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration in January.In what seems like a wound that will never heal, Chrisette has endured intense backlash from the community that once loved and supported both her music and artistry. After being dropped from her record label, Capitol Records, three weeks ago, she took to social media to sound off about the pain and hurt she has experienced throughout the year.Martin engaged in a real-time conversation with Chrisette on Twitter as her vent was unfolding and invited her to share it all on his show.. Today, she joined Roland in-studio and did just that. As the first interview she’s done since her inauguration performance, Chrisette has a lot to say about her current situation, the gut-wrenching personal loss she endured and her next move!News One Now Tuesday 10.31.2017 Seg 7 from TV One Vimeo2 on Vimeo.News One Now Tuesday 10.31.2017 Seg 8 from TV One Vimeo2 on Vimeo.News One Now Tuesday 10.31.2017 Seg 9 from TV One Vimeo2 on Vimeo.News One Now Tuesday 10.31.2017 Seg 10 from TV One Vimeo2 on Vimeo.

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Singer Chrisette Michele Resurfaces Reveals she Contemplated Suicide after Singing at the Trump Inauguration

chrisette michele, radiofactsIn separate tweets/Instagram posts, singer Chrisette Michele reveals that she was so distraught after the backlash for signing at the inauguration for President Trump she contemplated suicide and suffered a miscarriage. See Instagram posts below.

on Suicidal Thoughts

chrisettemichelePeople ask me how I’m so positive after all I’ve been thru….. When you’re laying in bed naked, next to a bottle of Bacardi and Xanex. When you wear pajamas Morning and night. When you don’t pick up the phone for weeks, months. When you’re afraid to look at social media.I know I’ve sown positive seeds. I know I’ve lifted people. I know I’ve been a part of community activations and black empowerment. When a community sticks its middle finger up at you and completely forgets everything you’ve ever done, you’re worthless… You’ve just spent ten years kicking your own ass to be there for everyone and suddenly no one is there for you? I don’t need to be here…. And when you’ve drank so much you can’t see clearly. And when your speech is so slurred you just stop speaking. You hope you don’t wake up.Thing is. I know God. He was kind enough to soften the blow. I promise you, I felt Him cover me like a blanket. I told Him I was out of control. I told Him I was having thoughts about leaving and not finishing all He’s called me to. He listened. There in lied my therapy. Music was written in this prayer closet of sorts. Dialogue with God.Call me crazy, but it’s better than being dead. There’s no one who will make me apologize for shouting from the roof tops that I have the overcoming story of a powerful and #StrongBlackWoman’

On Being Dropped from Label

chrisettemicheleIf social media wanted to pull me down, I guess they succeeded as it pertains to (the record label).I complete an entire album and my label decides to walk away from me. I was quiet for a few days… I go into the studio and literally poured out my heart and soul and the label decides to walk away from me?It’s one thing to be a strong black woman, it’s another thing to be a strong black woman who has to fight against the worst odds. I went from someone being revered and loved to facing putting out an album in the worst climate of my musical career.No victims here. I get it…. But absolutely human here. How hard can you try to break someone? How hard can you try to ruin someone? How much hate do you need to spew to show me you want to see my demise?

On Miscarriage

You don’t have to be a celebrity to fail, to fight, to struggle. Pain is universal… I went into the gym and trained like a body builder to try and push past the pain I was feeling. I’d run up hill and lift weights heavier then strong men.I’d cry my way thru workouts. My trainer would cheer me up. God bless him. I pushed so hard and ate so much protein, I scarfed away my hurt. My old habits of binge eating disorder began to show themselves. Drinking maybe nothing but water for a day after a day of heavy intake. My trainer didn’t know it but he was feeding the demon that covered up hurt with food.I had a long cycle. Something came out of me. It was my child. The one my love and I worked so hard on.I never knew I could allow myself to be so broken that my physical body would break down. A miscarriage? Me?This experience of a broken nation showed itself in my own physical body. That was when I knew I had to pull it together. Heal, Forgive. Just because I had a negative experience didn’t mean I had to become negative and broken.When I lost my child I knew that it was time for me to become a #StrongBlackWoman 

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Chrisette Michele Pens New Song about Inauguration Performance

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Your Thoughts?

“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

Church folks may not clap, but I’ll sing there song
Hip hop for Jay Z, now you say You Lost One
R&B for Def Jam, Rich Hipster for Brooklyn
But Spike won’t pay me, A Crook from Crooklyn

I’m Still a BLACK GIRL – MAGIC
I’m still American – Tragic
I’m still Born Again – Miracle
And We’re on the border line – Pinacle

The brink of love or destruction
This is the junction
Will we divide in consumption
Of social media productions
Or will we finally unite
Win the 200 year fight
70’s fists up unite
Or did MLK die for spite
No political genius
But I won’t let this defeat us
I refuse to back down
I’ll use my art as my crown
And you can call me your fool
Rehearse lines you didn’t learn in school

They won’t be my definition
Or defining moment, Not my vision
Or my anger, I won’t own it
Or my prison, Nope won’t condone it

They will be my ammunition
To fight the system
We will win them
Hope is alive
This is my stand in

For John Lewis
And Ben Carson
Quest Love, 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
Came on a boat
Now I’ll Rock It
Gave me the mic
Now I’ll Rock It
Gave me the vote
Didn’t profit… And I’m NO POLITICAL GENIUS
But these ain’t politics as usual
I’m no mad dog but I rebel
May I revel
In the freedom of speech

In the art standing for peace
Basquiat style Paint streets
On the front lines
Let’s meet
We can sing one song
Victory
And one anthem
Land of the free
As one army
You and Me
A political genius
I’ll never be
#NoPoliticalGenius”

 

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