Vanessa Williams, PBS slammed for black national anthem performance on July 4th

Syracuse University alumnus Vanessa Williams and PBS face criticism after performing “the black national anthem” on a TV special on July 4 on Sunday. Williams, who hosted “A Capitol Fourth” on PBS, performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing” on the pre-recorded show. She told The Associated Press that she wanted to perform the song that …

PBS vs. Vanessa Williams’ Black National Anthem

PBS sparked a backlash with its decision to ask Vanessa Williams to perform “the black national anthem” on its July 4 coverage – with critics calling the move divisive and un-American. Williams’ performance on the station’s annual Capitol Fourth Sunday night show is intended to celebrate the recognition of the Juneteenth establishment as a federal …