Dallasblack.com: Twitter Drags Tinashe For Her Thoughts On Colorism & Not Feeling Accepted by The Black Community

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 7:16 PM

Twitter Drags Tinashe For Her Thoughts On Colorism & Not Feeling Accepted by The Black Community

By: Monya Fleming

Twitter Drags Tinashe For Her Thoughts On Colorism & Not Feeling Accepted by The Black Community
Tinashe recently did an interview where she said there should be room for all different types of people in the music business. 

She told the UK's Guardian, "Recently, my cousin was with a friend of a friend, who was in high school, and she was like: 'I'm a fan of Kehlani,' but in a way that was like, 'So I can't be a fan of Tinashe, too.' Then my friend posed the question, 'Why not be a fan of both?' It's kind of like sport; people feel like they have to pick a side. There are hundreds of [male] rappers that all look the same, that sound the same, but if you're a black woman, you're either Beyoncé or Rihanna. It's very, very strange."

Tinashe, born to a Zimbabwean-immigrant father Michael and Danish mother Aimie, said that there is an assumption that black female artists are all the same. "Ciara's an amazing artist, Beyoncé's an amazing artist, Rihanna's an amazing artist, and they're all very different!" she said.

The singer, who is best known for her 2014 hit "2 On," said that her background that made things difficult for her to fit in growing up, also makes it hard for her to find a place in the industry now.

"There's colorism involved in the black community, which is very apparent," she said. "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; they don't fully accept me, even though I see myself as a black woman. That disconnect is confusing sometimes … I am what I am."

Tinashe's 2nd  album, Joyride, has yet to be given a release date but the singer has been collaborating with Tinie Tempah, KDA and Enrique Iglesias, and several others.

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Some people took offense to Tinashe's comments about 'colorism' and not being accepted by the black community as offensive. They took to social media to sound off:


Tinashe later took to Twitter to respond to her quotes on colorism and industry success in her interview with The Guardian.
 "I was not talking about colorism in the industry. This is taken out of context," Tinashe clarified. "The article framed it as such, about success in music, where as the conversation we had was about my experiences growing up in general."


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