Tinashe Claims Being Light Skinned And Not Accepted By The African American Community Is The Reason She Isn’t Doing Well Musically

Tinashe plays on colorism as the reason she hasn’t taken off to the highest heavens of the music industry. She claims because she is light skinned she isn’t accepted by the African American community. She explained sexism in the industry as well is alive and she experienced it. She experience it firsthand when her label spotlighted Zayn Malik, causing her sophomore album’s delay, but in terms of male artist co-signs, too.

“Male artists don’t really co-sign female artists like that, and if they do it’s always like, ‘Are they f**king?,’” she said to The Guardian. “It’s never, ‘Oh, I really like her music.’” She also expressed, “There are hundreds of [male] rappers that all look the same, that sound the same,” she declared, “But if you’re a Black woman, you’re either Beyoncé or Rihanna. It’s very, very strange.”

Tinashe added that her heritage as a mixed woman had exposed her to colorism within the Black community. Tinashe’s mother is a white woman and her father is Black, but she expressed that she’s always felt like the oddball when it came to the Black community.

“It’s about trying to find a balance where I’m a mixed woman, and sometimes I feel like I don’t fully fit into the black community,” she said. “They don’t fully accept me, even though I see myself as a black woman. That disconnect is confusing sometimes.”

Mid conversation, Tinashe hinted at some funny business from the bad gal with respects to the “Joyride” title track of her sophomore album that was snatched for RiRi’s possession. However, she doesn’t solely place the blame on the Roc Nation singer, either.

“But I don’t know if it was personally Rihanna, like, ‘I’m taking that from Tinashe,’” she said in the interview. “I don’t think that’s how it worked. But it’s back now.”

Tinashe told the Guardian that she isn’t doing well because the black community do not accept her as a lighter skinned black woman. All this time I thought it was because her music isn’t as interesting and dope.

Check out the interview with Guardian here: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/jun/12/tinashe-if-black-singer-either-beyonce-rihanna


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