Jenifer Lewis, Rihanna, Cardi B

Jenifer Lewis channeled the late poet Maya Angelou by writing a poetic tribute to pop singer Rihanna and rapper Cardi B for refusing to perform during halftime at the Super Bowl in Atlanta in 2019.

In a video uploaded to her Instagram account, Lewis, 61, congratulated the 2 artists for declining an invitation to perform on one of sports' biggest platforms: the Super Bowl.

"My sincere congratulations to Rihanna and Cardi B for refusing to perform at halftime,” Lewis began.

Then she recited her original composition, entitled "That's Enough".

I posted the poem below for those of you who are at work and can't view the video.

    That's Enough
    By Jenifer Lewis

    Everybody check your Soul at the Super Bowl
    That's enough
    Take away their fun before they shoot your son
    That's enough
    Our ancestors kneeled in the cotton fields
    That's enough!

    Whites, Blacks, Jews, we've gotta refuse
    That's enough
    Get a backbone before a bullet comes down
    on the back of your own
    That's enough

    Before another hate crime
    Be the gladiators of our time
    You're the gladiators of our time
    You wanna standing ovation?
    Take a knee for the next generation


  • Sassie

    I thought Cardi WAS doing the Superbowl tho?

  • Soda

    I know she said she wouldn't back in February but I thought she was in talks to do it now. ???

  • Gloria

    Me too. So she's not?

  • Indies beauty

    Ri's makeup is poppin in the top pick

  • Scromes1212

    What if the players refused to play smh how you gonna ask me to boycott but you won't?

  • Scromes1212

    You ask people to take a knee for you but you won't take one for yourself smh

  • Coy little wink

    The NFL is a joke...its rigged. Yea I said it...

  • Alextra Ballard

    I lubs me some Jennifer Lewis...her and her craziness

  • KcoolMuziq

    Jennifer(whom I worked with on "Strong Medicine") is a VERY outspoken woman. That I witnessed in a TOTAL meltdown when she said words to a director that would make the late Richard Pryor cover his ears.

  • Scromes1212

    What project was it?

  • Marlika

    I don’t recall Cardi’s dumb hoot rat azz backing out of the Super Bowl. Anyhow her and Rihanna should never be together in a sentence or topic. ??????

  • the guest

    I love Ms. Jenifer Lewis, she’s unapologetically black, proud, and wonderful in Hollywood.

    I understand not performing at the Super Bowl. But I would accept the offer, be all smiles, and then surprise them with a Jesse Owens fist in the air, they would end up having to cut the mic on a protest song.

    Somebody white, mainstream, and unexpected like U2, Willie Nelson or Elton John whoses careers are beyond backlash.

  • KcoolMuziq

    The Whoopi Goldberg created and produced "Strong Medicine".

  • tia

    I haven't heard anything about Cardi pulling out? Anyway, this was sweet of her.

  • Roderick2011

    I wonder if Jenifer and Kanye have the same doctor.

  • Alextra Ballard

    I hope not

  • FukkFolks2018

    I am here for ANYTHING Jenifer does.

    These get BETTER and BETTER.

    Flint Aint Fixed,
    Get Your Arse Out and Vote. Part I with a message to Cardi and Nicki. Part II was good too.


  • Juliaquan C Spain

    Like for real, if Cardi was ask to perform and she decline the offer...well that is very well understandable because she can't sing nor rap so the right thing was done here.

  • Victorious82

    Am I wrong to say this woman annoys me?

  • tintin

    how?? Jennifer Lewis is funny as hell and a great actress
    i love me some JL

  • Lady_Elle

    I thought so too!

  • Fire & Ice

    You're forgetting my favorite with Brandy. "I don't want nobody f*cking with me in these streets ???. Nothing like that good ole gospel ?.

  • Fire & Ice

    Yes....or some Gil Scott-Heron. Whew chillllllddddd they would be shooketh ?

  • ThisIsWhat43LooksLike

    That was pretty dope!! ????
    Well done Ms. Lewis!! ????

  • Fire & Ice

    I loves her ?

  • Mz_Opinionated

    Nope, her mouth is too big. She seems like she is always yelling. So you're not alone in your sentiments.

  • Coco Mcluvin

    Yes Ms Lewis...I love her ?

  • Bashi22

    I read jenifer Lewis book she sex addict she mentioned in her book. She’s never married and adopted a child.

  • Logan Roberts

    I love Ms. Jenifer on Black-ish she is hilarious ?

  • Victorious82

    I LOVE her acting. She’s just too much off camera lol.

  • Karen Brady

    I love her but not at all. I can see where she could annoy people.

  • Miss Thang

    I love this lady <3

  • Chile_Pleeze

    she takes her meds... he does not...

  • CocoBabe88

    I don’t understand why did they refuse to perform? What does the NFL have to do with police brutality?? not that I cared to see Cardi B anyway. But Rihanna a much bigger celeb should remain non-partisan

  • SukiSunfire

    Nah that wasn't Maya Angelou. She was bringing straight Nina Simone with that one. And I'm so here for it. Always good to see black women championing each other.

  • Mister Fantastic

    Feeling ALL THAT!

  • Trace da Ace

    THAT PART!!!! Love me some Jennifer Lewis!

  • C0rTnEy

    I love her crazy behind self!!! ??????

  • FukkFolks2018

    THAT ONE TOO. Bran and Roz Ryan. Lol

  • Ms. Jackson

    Whew Chile! When I say I FELT THAT! Ok Ms. Lewis!

  • Ms. Jackson

    Whew Chile! When I say I FELT THAT! Ok Ms. Lewis!

  • Ms. Jackson

    Wasn't that the reason Kaep took a knee? Because of violence against us from the police.

  • bemetoo


  • dru and neil

    Rihanna declines in support of the protest, Cardi B accepted, if she has now declined it doesn’t have anything to do with being woke or supporting the protest of police brutality. Public opinion must have swayed her not her own moral high ground, she’s not that deep.

  • Kayke

    I hadn’t heard her refusal either.... I was wondering if this was Jenifer’s way of forcing her hand lol.

  • Kita Williams

    people just choose to be dense. you can always tell who did something for the wave and who's committed to actually making a change

  • jayroe44

    Who cares, the point is she declined. People always have something to say about "how" something happened and not focusing on the outcome. All black people don't think the same, sometimes people have their own ways of coming to realizations... through growth, etc. It might not be the way YOU would've done it but learn to be acceptive of people's personal paths and support one another. That's what counts. Don't be dismissive to people who are trying and/or learning to stand for something.

  • dru and neil

    I’m just not sure why she’s being praised so highly when the intentions were initially about money and recognition, there was no “wait a minute, isn’t there a police brutality protest going on?” moment — and that’s fine, I actually would have been surprised if she HAD declined on those grounds from the start. She’s not that deep...half the time she doesn’t appear to have two brain cells to rub together.

  • LA

    I didn't finish the book yet

  • jayroe44

    Just did a search on Cardi B regarding the Superbowl performance and from this I discovered she was never confirmed to do the show. It looks like, they were trying to convince her to do the show but she was hesitant (obviously because of the protest.) That was her: “wait a minute, isn’t there a police brutality protest going on?” moment. Then she declined. I don't want to offend you, but there is no such thing of being deep. Profound, yes. Attacking her intelligence does nothing for the movement or advancement of black people. Let's embrace one another, teach each other, and lift each other up. She should be commended for making that decision in hopes that she would make similar decisions going forward.

  • justlooking

    I see what you saying sis. But its folks out here doing a 9 to 5 in power suits. Tricking hard. Sleeping with folks husbands and then some. We all sinners. Contine to pray for my strength in lord as we pray for all lost souls.

  • justlooking

    Love me some her.

    Go head Ms. Lewis

  • Bashi22

    Girl sex down her whole career just sexing and being loud because of bipolar

  • Bashi22

    Girl sex down her whole career just sexing and being loud because of bipolar

  • Jesse

    She's a Trump supporter. You know they're not too bright.

  • reddfoxxy16

    Now that's deep...Peace..????

  • dontgetblocked

    I'll be enjoying Maroon 5. Black and brown folk need to learn how to separate money from politics.

  • justlooking

    I'm trying peace and love?

  • LA

    I read that far... Lol.. She walks to the tune of her own drum... I like it! Ms. Lewis has consistency in her career. May God continue to bless her.

  • CocoBabe88

    Yes I’m aware but what does the NFL have to do with police brutality?

  • Bashi22

    Hey she does March at her own drum. Hope their no double standards for the male Hollywood Blackmen who are single and doing the same thing.

  • Maxx

    I don't think you get it. They will gain much more by declining the Superbowl. Money isn't worth losing your soul. By the way, I really like Maroon 5 anyway.

  • Maxx

    I love Jennifer Lewis. Her Breakfast Club interview was everythang

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I didn't know Cardi declined performing the Superbowl halftime show? I only knew about Rihanna and I forgot who else. Was it Pink? I can't remember...