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India Arie Defends Chrisette Michele's Inaugural Performance

Arie called the decision a "career misstep"

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    India Arie defended Chrisette Michele's decision to perform at President Donald Trump's inauguration, calling it a "career misstep."

    India Arie is defending Chrisette Michele's decision to sing at an inaugural ball for President Donald Trump.

    Arie says in an open letter posted Wednesday that she "never" would have performed at the ceremony herself. But she says Michele shouldn't be "shouted down or abused" for doing so. She chalks up Michele's decision to take part to a "career misstep."

    Director Spike Lee wrote ahead of the inaugural last week that he was considering using Michele's "Black Girl Magic" in his upcoming Netflix series, "She's Gotta Have It" but won't anymore because of her performance.

    Michele responded to the controversy with a poem on Instagram this week, denouncing her critics' "hateful words."

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