Taking time from complimenting Clinton on her outfit, Blige proceeded to serenade the former Secretary of State with a song on the spot. The apparent point of this was to bring up the topics of race relations and policing, things that Clinton likely was hesitant to discuss given her and Bill’s involvement in introducing legislation that led to the incarceration of millions of African-Americans:
“Blige flattered Clinton, telling her that she looked ‘phenomenal’ while she was wearing white and had perfect hair, makeup, and earrings.
At the end of the interview, Blige sang Hillary a song about African-American parents sending their kids to school, knowing they could face discrimination or death from police officers.
Clinton appeared taken aback, but promised to do everything possible as president to raise the issue.
‘There needs to be a greater opening of our hearts to one another, we have to put ourselves in each other’s shoes, feel the pain that a mother and a father feel when their son and daughter can go out the door and don’t know what’s going to happen to them,’ she said. ‘I particularly want white people to understand what’s that like, and to feel like they must be part of the solution.’
She encouraged Blige to sing in every interview.
‘That was so touching to me … it was so moving to me … it’s so emotionally powerful, Mary,’ Clinton said.”