Rene Marie Remixes the National Anthem

By Jonathan Adams Jul 07, 2008

Artist and activist, Rene Marie created quite a stir recently when she opted to sing the lyrics of the Black National Anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" to the melody of the "Star-Spangled Banner" at an annual event held by the Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. Though Rene Marie has since said she is not sorry for her performance, many political leaders including Barack Obama have criticized the action.

“We only have one National Anthem. And so, if she was asked to sing the National Anthem, she should have sung that. ‘Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing’ is a beautiful song, but we only have one National Anthem.”

We are going to charge Obama’s hard stance on the National Anthem to his need to appear undoubtedly patriotic, but do you think that what Rene Marie did was anti-American? Watch the video and let us hear from you.