In honor of Black History Month, R&B singer Anthony Hamilton discussed the election of America’s first black President.

Anthony Hamilton told SOHH what President Obama’s election means to him.

“The election of Barack Obama is a proud moment in history. It represents change, hope and a new beginning. There is a lot of work to be done to get this nation back on track. As African Americans we have to step up and be responsible, stop making excuses. As Americans we must come together and allow Barack to access the people we have been dying to be – united and ready for change. Classy change ain’t never hurt no pockets.”

Hamilton was in Washington D.C. in the days preceding the Inauguration but wasn’t able to stay for the ceremony.

“I’m gonna try to miss my flight [out of D.C] on purpose,” quipped Hamilton, who was in town for his performance at The BET Honors. Unfortunately, he couldn’t find accommodations through Tuesday. Though he wouldn’t be around for the rest of the inauguration festivities, the Charlotte, North Carolina, native added, “I’ll be a few miles away [for inauguration] but I’ll be cheering.” (Essence)

Late last year Hamilton released a new album.

The Point of It All is the sixth studio album by R&B and soul musician Anthony Hamilton, released December 16, 2008 on Zomba Records. It features the hit single “Cool”, featuring rapper David Banner. (Wikipedia)

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