“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'm sure you never thought in a million years that you would perform at the inauguration of Donald Trump.....
And to be honest I don't think we would ever see the inauguration of Donald Trump?
But here we are..
Today this man , who ran a campaign that was based on bigotry, hatred, and more phobias than I think I really knew existed is being sworn in to lead us for the next 4 years.....
And you are scheduled to perform.
But I'm not mad, like at all. In a world where people who look like us are securing smaller bags for doing more less than legal things , didn't vote in any election prior to President Obama running, do nothing to better people of color (or humanity for that matter) or hell even bought your last album are criticizing you for your choice to take an honor (I just cringed as I typed that) to perform for a President (and make what I imagine is a tax free $250k).
Do it for the slaves that built that house,
Do it for the little girls with kinky curls and brown skin that don't know they can grow up to be like you if they work hard, and most importantly....
Do it for yourself, you said you took the booking because you want to help heal out country....
Maybe 3-5 minutes of you can open doors for the future, I mean... I guess its not super far fetched?
Hell 8 years ago today, the White House was opened up to a BLACK MAN for the first time.
Your talent has been noticed enough to get one of the highest honors that a entrainer can obtain in this country, so enjoy your moment....
You deserve it and don't let anyone take away from it..
You are talent...and magical
But as you sing for these people, think if you being viewed as the bridge you are proclaiming to be or just a black entertainer to be a token.