Sen. Barack Obama said today that a jazz performer's decision to sing the "Black National Anthem" at Denver's State of the City speech this week was wrong. It appears Rene Marie, a jazz singer, surprised everyone
Rene Marie, the jazz singer who belted out a surprise performance of the black anthem, triggering a public outcry, said today that it wasn't a "self-centered and calculated publicity stunt." Rene was invited by the Mayor to sing the National Anthem , instead she decided to sing the first stanza of the black national anthem (and incorporate it with the star spangled banner).below is the video.
But in a lengthy statement posted on her Web site, Rene Marie, she expressed her desire to sing that song as a tribute or rather testimony to living in America as a person under color.
I see it as the city officials and state officials of Denver, Colorado see it, she was wrong. In my opinion it was not a matter of song choice but rather what she was contracted to do. She was paid to sing the National Anthem, she did not do that. That would serve as breach of contract.