Colorism, Entertainment, Gender Discrimination, Tinashe -

Tinashe on growing up mixed-race: ‘I feel like I don’t fully fit in’

Colorism, Entertainment, Gender Discrimination, Tinashe -

Tinashe on growing up mixed-race: ‘I feel like I don’t fully fit in’

Tinashe sat down recently for a wide-ranging interview with The Guardian that covered everything from her growing up years to her current struggles as an artist, and during that interview, she spoke to the need for Black female artists to get the same support as Black men.

“It’s so much easier for male artists, I know it is,” she said.

She blasted the idea that male and female artists couldn’t collaborate without being in a relationship, calling for male artists and producers to support their female counterparts, before she called out another part of the industry culture: fans who think they have to pick which Black female artist they like.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 16: Tinashe attends the London Screening of “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story” at The Curzon Mayfair on May 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)

“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,” she said.

She then added, “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.”

In that same interview, Tinashe also spoke about colorism and her experience as a mixed-race woman.

“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,” she added.

To read the full interview, you can go here.

The post Tinashe on growing up mixed-race: ‘I feel like I don’t fully fit in’ appeared first on theGrio.


Leave a comment

Related Posts

Judge throws Florida cops in jail for framing Black teen with multiple burglaries
A judge in Florida has decided to throw a pair of cops in jail after they framed a Black Biscayne teen for a string o...
Read More
The 10 Best Deals of October 18, 2018
We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.Read more...
Read More
It Turns Out, Apartment Patty Has a Black Husband
As The Root was conducting our ongoing scientific research into how 911 became the technical support number for white...
Read More
Get Your Kicks: Pyer Moss x Reebok Drops 2 New Styles for Fall
To say that designer Kerby Jean-Raymond is on the cusp of greatness would be a belated accolade. The CDFA Award-nomin...
Read More

Tags