Tinashe speaks on ‘colourism’ and ‘sexism’ in the music industry

Tinashe, who identified herself as “a pop artist who makes R&B-tinged pop music” has mixed heritage; in an interview with The Guardian, she claims that the black community might not be ready to accept a singer with her heritage:

“There’s colorism involved in the black community, which is very apparent. 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”

This has made Tinashe a trending topic on Twitter this morning; a whole lot of people do not seem to agree. In any case, Tinashe also feels that it’s hard to be a black woman in pop if you’re not Rihanna or Beyoncé:

“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… It felt like they almost had to sacrifice someone because there wasn’t enough room, which isn’t true”.

She latter took to her twitter to clarify her comment saying;

“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.”


Read Tinashe’s full interview with The Guardian here

Chinedu Ike