ABC/Randy HolmesTinashe revealed in a recent interview with the U.K.’s The Guardian that colorism in the black community remains to be a major issue, and that she doesn’t “fully fit into the black community,” although the mixed-race singer sees herself as a black woman.
Many black Tinashe responded to those comments with distaste, leaving Tinashe to defend herself with a few tweets.
In one message, the “Superlove” singer wrote, “I was not talking about colorism in the industry. This is taken out of context.”
In another response to a fan’s question about the Guardian piece, Tinashe added, “The article framed it as such, about success in music, where as the conversation we had was about my experiences growing up in general.”
In the same article, Tinashe name-checked artists like Beyoncé, Rihanna and Ciara while questioning why people “feel like they have to pick a side” when choosing which black female superstar to support, versus male rappers who “all look the same” and “sound the same.”
She also called out her record label for promoting former One Direction star Zayn Malik‘s music last year, instead of her own.
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