#xoExclusive | Tinashe On Prejudice In The Music Industry: ‘There Can’t Be Five Black Girls Winning’

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In an industry that is as (un)clear as Black and White, Tinashe by default falls somewhere in the confines of the gray area. Which is dreadfully limiting for a talent and personality as colorful as hers.

“Safe sex is great sex, better wear a latex…,” the singer randomly blurts out as her publicist looks up half amused, half immune, yet zero surprised when asking where did the outburst come from. Tinashe and I were actually recapping one of the year’s biggest surprises in entertainment– actor Charlie Sheen announcing his four-year HIV status.

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Tinashe alongside Sheen on Two and a Half Men as Jake’s girlfriend, “Celese Burnett.”

News of Charlie’s contraction came as somewhat of a shock to young folks, including 22-year-old Tinashe who starred in a few episodes alongside Sheen in his popular Two and a Half Men sitcom. Granted she was born a whole decade after the disease’s discovery, but HIV/AIDS hasn’t really made headline news since the early 1990’s. If anything, the ’93 baby was born into the HIV-awareness era, where promoting prevention was practically a part of pop culture (think: TLC’s condom eye patches and Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls video).

Tinashe wouldn’t even be around for another two years following Magic Johnson’s viral announcement of contracting the virus and after that, HIV outbreaks had become somewhat obsolete from news. After all the commercials and songs, were people really still “doin’ it wrong?

What if I made that into a song?” Tinashe jokingly asks. I think there would be no better time than now, I reply. She looks at her publicist, who shrugs her shoulders and says, Let’s get in the studio after this!

Tinashe for xoNecole 2Tinashe is grown beyond her years. But not the fast grown that your elders pop you upside the head for being. Although she’s occupied a successful space as a songwriter and singer since she was in high school, the entertainer still manages to stay pretty grounded, even choosing to remain at home with her parents, despite a well-to-do salary. She’s as transparent as she is talented, something most fans would know just from listening to her music and reading her interviews.

But for those who don’t know, I ask her the million dollar question–why her?

One of the things that I read about you is ‘Why is she famous?’ It bugs me out. Do you ever feel it should be as clear as day as to why you are here in this industry and deserve this space or are you misunderstood?

It is clear to me, but people don’t take the time to do the research to try to get to know [me]. They just kind of take a look at me and form a perception of what they think it is. They probably assume like ‘Oh, she’s just a cute girl, she’s probably given these opportunities because of how she looks.’ I don’t know. But of course it bothers me.

I have been working towards this for years. If you do just a little bit of research, just a very little bit, you see that I bring so much more to the table than just, ‘Oh, well I don’t understand why she’s here,’ because there is a reason why I’m here. I’ve worked exceptionally hard to be here on my own creative force. I’m a woman producer and a vocal producer. I’m writing my own music, I’m the creative vision behind my visuals, my live shows aren’t like any other live show. There are so many other elements that set me apart, but people don’t care sometimes.

I nod my head knowingly. It can be catch-22 for the 22-year-old. The same thing that attracts people to you is the same thing that repels them. Tinashe definitely has the power to grab your attention; she’s successful and attractive and has snagged some of the biggest music cameos and cosigns this past year alone. Chris Brown currently stars in her “Player” video, and Nicki Minaj invited her to open on her Pink Print tour. But getting a skeptic’s attention is one thing, keeping it seems to be a whole other battle.

Tinashe and Chris Brown in Player

My team and I have conversations all the time,” she continues. How do we get them to get to know you? But its just hard and I don’t have the answers. I just hope the music gets to a point where it is so undeniable that people will then have to go and find out like, What is this girl really about?

Thats certainly hopeful. The singer, whose name means “We are with God” in the Shona language (which Tinashe is also fluent in by way of her Zimbabwean roots), is pretty optimistic that one day hard work will beat talent if the talents fails to work hard. However, I can’t help but ask, a la Regina George style, if Tinashe thinks she’s too cute to be taken seriously.

Tinashe Black Water CoverNow when you say you’re ‘cute’, do you mean because you look exceptionally young for your age or do you feel like it’s more of a ‘certain looks’ thing?

“I think it’s a combination. I think it’s a ‘I look young, and sweet and I definitely don’t look like I’ve been through a bunch of shit.’

I think sometimes being a “lightskin girl is part of it. I think being a Black girl in general and being a Black woman of color is part of it.

I think being young is part of it. I think having any type of level of sexuality is part of it. If you do that, people want to take it and run with it and assume that’s all you’re about when it’s really just a level of what I’m about.

We’re taking it there. In the middle of talking, I’m asked if I want any coffee, but Tinashe’s truth is bold enough for two cups of your blackest brew, so I politely decline. I’m pleased and I sip my metaphorical tea. She isn’t spilling any messes, just her message and she certainly isn’t lying. I’ve read the comments and clearly she has too. Tinashe has been picked, packaged, and dismissed as just another privileged light-skin chick allowed to sit at the cool-kids table of the industry.

I point out that blue-eyed, Black actor Jesse Williams recently spoke on using his own “privilege” as a platform. Although he doesn’t agree with it, the Grey’s Anatomy star is aware that his fairer skin has allowed him into certain spaces. Rather than ignore the ignorance, Williams has used it to his advantage to advocate and speak on social and racial injustices. I also point out another obvious comparison– fellow Hollywood actress Zendaya.

I see a Zendaya and I’m like, ‘Why the difference in support?’ No one ever looks at Zendaya and says, ‘Oh, there goes the mixed girl.’ It’s more like ‘Look at this beautiful, Black queen. On the carpet with the dreadlocks.’ Why do you ever feel like you don’t get that same benefit of the doubt?

“I think it comes from a place of there is only room for one. Or there is only room for two. Again, the way I see it, obviously, is if a Black girl is winning–whether she is lightskin, darkskin, or any type of shade in-between, that should be a win for the Black community, period. But it’s not necessarily always perceived as such. It’s like ‘Oh, she’s on the more lighter spectrum, so that is why she wins.’”

If a Black girl is winning, light, dark or any shade between, it should be a win for us all Click to Tweet

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“For me, I feel like I still have to represent the [Black] community. That has been what has been my struggle because people do feel like there is only room for one. There is a Beyoncé, there is a Rihanna, there is Zendaya, there is a Jourdan Dunn. There is a Black girl in all of these positions and we don’t need another one.

It’s just kind of ridiculous because there are like a hundred blonde, white actresses and leading ladies. There are a hundred rappers that all virtually look the same, sound the same, and dress the same and no one cares. But for some reason, when it comes to young women, they want to pit them against each other. There can’t be room [for us all]. There can’t be five Black girls winning. It’s weird.”

They pit us against each other. There can't be room for us all or 5 Black girls winning. It's weird Click to Tweet

Viola Davis and Taraji P. HensonIt’s truth. A sad one, but an honest one none the less. The worst part is, the tension between sisters in the industry is hardly one created by us. R&B singers Monica and Brandy both cleared the air about the media’s agenda to pit them against one another for decades, despite that they have collaborated on tracks and, not to mention, at the end of “The Boy is Mine,” both ladies got together to dump the boy!

This year alone, “Black Girl Magic” couldn’t have been anymore majestic, with brown Hollywood starlets feeling like they won even when they lost (and let’s not forget when Taraji practically went crazy when announcing Viola Davis’ Emmy win, irregardless that they were both nominated in the same category).

Luckily, however, Tinashe admits that not all of Black Hollywood is like the Hunger Games. Apparently further up the food chain, things get better.

Do you get support from your female singing peers or is that still a work in progress?

“It’s interesting. I get more support from the well-established than the up and coming. I was asked to be part of Nicki Minaj’s tour and I was to be a part of Katy Perry’s tour so I associate that as some level of support from them. That was a really big deal to be a part of those two tours. But outwardly, I still feel like it should happen more as far as women just helping each other out because it’s hard out here for us.”

Be it rare as it may, Tinashe is still hopeful and happy for the equal exchange of support amongst her fellow starlets. In the meantime, fresh off a personal invite to honor idol Janet Jackson this year, as well as a new album, Tinashe is just trying to enjoy the moments while going through the typical 20-something motions.

“I try to take a step back and enjoy the me moments, but the industry puts you on such an emotional roller coaster that even when you’re doing things that are really exciting, there is always so much pressure and stressed involved in it that it’s really hard to enjoy it at all. But I really do try as much as possible to enjoy it for what it is, but it’s always easier said than done.”

Tinashe on Instagram 1What about dating? Do you ever feel like dating in the industry gets tricky because it feels like everyone is kind of dating each other?

“100% . Here is the thing, you’re stuck in this weird catch-22 where “normal” people don’t want to approach you because they assume that you’re in some unattainable space. And the only people that do approach you are people that are looking for a conquest, typically that’s what a lot of industry guys are looking for because that’s what they get on a daily basis. There are girls in rotation throwing themselves at them all the time.

But no, I don’t date. It’s not that I’m not open to it, it’s that I don’t make time for it. In the very beginning stages of my [career], I tried to date but I never had a full on boyfriend after I’ve been on this trajectory. It’s just very hard because getting to know people is time consuming, and it’s not easy trying to get to know someone over text message in South Africa (laughs). I’m at the point of my life where maybe I shouldn’t try and force things and I’m just being by myself for a little while.”

She does, however, offer up some passionate, and quite possibly personal, advice to all her ladies: ditch the D if he isn’t with the C– “condoms” that is!

With Charlie Sheen and his confession with his HIV status, do you have any advice to give to young women on STD’s and prevention?

“Yes, are you kidding? Girls, don’t let people fool you, really! You know these guys want to hit it without condoms. Make them wear condoms. That’s the bottom line. No matter even if they have money, or if they have “status” and make you feel like you’re special, you’re not special [to some of them]. Wear a condom at all times. (Starts singing) ‘Safe Sex is great sex, better wear a latex.’ The end!”

Amen!

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66 responses to “#xoExclusive | Tinashe On Prejudice In The Music Industry: ‘There Can’t Be Five Black Girls Winning’”

  1. Kiara Ex says:

    She’s only half black, soooooooo what she talking about

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    • Laura Sylvie says:

      Dana Walls No angry card has been played. She doesn’t represent me. I represent me. But, even if she did, so what? There are enough people in this world trying to kill off the success of black women. Based on your reasoning, she should only represent people whom which she shares the same (exact) race with..that’s absurd! Your president in half black…oh dear…perhaps you should leave your country, you’re only being half represented LOL

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      • Remmi says:

        Some of you all are way too full of yourselves. Really you all are. You have some black women on here proclaiming that she does not represent them. Cool, she doesn’t have to represent you. There are women who come from two black parents who act like asses on reality tv week in and week out who I feel do not represent me whether they are light skin or dark skin. But, Tinashe is half AFRICAN. Most of us scream “motherland this and motherland that” but have or had to pay out of our wallets to find out which African country we are from. She knows her African roots down to the village. She was surrounded by African culture growing up. I’m not going to tell her that she isn’t “black enough” to represent black people just because I come from two black parents while she comes from one African parent and one White parent. That makes zero sense. It would be one thing if she was a classless reality show chick, but she is a hard working young lady who is a dope performer and makes dope music. It’s easy to denounce her success because of skin tone if you haven’t followed her career. But if you have really been following her for a while then you would know that she is VERY deserving of it. She’s good in my book and if this girl isn’t “black enough” for some of you all or “doesn’t represent black people” because she is half white then you all need to no longer claim President Obama, Misty Copeland, Alicia Keys, The Mowry twins, Tracee Ellis Ross, Paula Patton, Zendaya etc.

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    • Kiara Ex says:

      Exactly, some black women want to claim biracial women as black women but get depressed when white media start replacing actual black women with biracial ones. Now actual black women with two black parents, dark skin, and kinky hair are disappearing in media and being replaced by mixed women. All with the help of self hating negroes… Self hate been killing us and white supremacy doesn’t have to work as hard to get rid of our image bc we do it for them!

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    • No its not! That’s why you have people who are only half black repping for Black people! She’s not Black!

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    • So how come we don’t see biracial BOYS being peddled in our faces as much as the biracial girls are if they are all black ??? I see Idris Elba looking black men everywhere but the moment Stephen Curry became famous that’s when people had an issue with dark skinned men being put aside

      It’s like people just want dark skinned and FULL black women put aside in a corner but black men can be dark as midnight

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    • Laura Sylvie says:

      ‘Only half black’ wow. You’ve just displayed the ignorance she was talking about. Half black is HALF black! If she wants to positively represent a race that is consistently misrepresented, why shouldn’t she?

      Perhaps if you’d look at your genealogy, you’d see you’re probably only 1/32 black.

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    • Why would white people be the governors of who is black and who isn’t in the first place ? So when it comes to mixtures we want white people to rule us but then don’t want them ruling us any other way ? You can’t have it both ways !

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    • Tell em Kiara! Black people can be so dense sometimes. Supporting our own erasure by claiming biracial people. Smh. It’s not enough whites get to represent everything white now the half whites get to represent blackness? Stop supporting white supremacy.

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    • Jessica Lynn says:

      Tell it Kiara! She is biracial. You’ll see black women fight you over this because secretly they want that image to represent all of us. It does not. Slave masters rules out of the window! She is biracial.

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    • Kiara Ex says:

      The one drop rule is over. She is not a damn black woman she is a biracial woman!

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    • I hear the argument that whites look at mixed raced people as Black all the time! It’s irrelevant how they look at them. The point is that we are being replaced by half Blacks. These are not light complexed Black women with two Black parents! Everyone always wanna silence Black women. You can support white Supremacy all you want. This is a child of a white woman! She’s doesn’t represent Black women with two Black parents regardless of skin color!

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    • By the way, Obama is biracial not Black! Black people have two Black parents!!

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    • Dana Walls says:

      My President’s children are no more white than this young lady is Black. Now, please stop dancing around the issue at hand because what we’re discussing is the image of Black women being replaced in entertainment. “But even if she did, so what?” Which brings me back to my original comment. It’s rather interesting to see a bw fight so hard to have her IMAGE replaced. #selfsabotagemuch

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    • Dana Walls says:

      Right…Obama is biracial, however Laura brought that up know darn well that him being biracial has nothing to do with what we were discussing.

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    • I can tell you why some BW fight so hard to replace our image. It’s because they think these women are better than we are! The question should be why don’t these biracial women want their own identity?

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    • I agree. It is her biracial background and complexion that allows her leverage over dark skin performers in the music industry.

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    • Thank you^^^ and your right about Black folks fawning all over mixed race people. I don’t. Never have, but many do! Soon as I bring this up they start whining. I won’t be replaced quietly! Mixed people are not Black! This woman don’t represent Black woman!

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    • @Laura Sylvie, Tinashe is not Black. She is not even “light skin” Black. Black women are a product of two Black parents. Tinashe is a product of a White mother and Black father thus she is a biracial woman. Let’s not promote the erasure of Black women here.

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    • Black men are definitelty at fault. The reason why they are so adamant about promoting biracial women as Black as a way to cover up the fact that they don’t find women who reflect their own image as beautiful. By using a half Black woman as a representation, these males can say, “oh, I find Black women beautiful” while uplifting biracial and multiracial women as the standard of Black beauty. These males just use these women’s half Black heritage to cover up their lust for non Black women and hide the fact that they don’t find women who reflect their image attractive. But many people can see right through them.

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    • True. But to add on to that. Black men have reinforced the one drop rule by placing the heritage of their mixed race offspring from non black women as Black. These children are not Black! It won’t matter if this woman had a Black mother! She is not Black!

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    • Kiara Ex says:

      Yep, their so backwards. If you read the destruction of Black civilization this is how black men breeded themselves out of power early on in recorded history, by mixing with Asian women and eventually were outnumbered and killed off by their biracial descendants.

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    • Yes, you are correct. I see many of them consider their biracial children from non Black women as Black. However, this is another tactic Black males use to erase their Blackness and then claim it for their children when it is convienent for them.

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    • She’s still black tho. So why can’t she speak for black women? She has a black parent therefore she’s black.

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    • For anyone that that truly believes the one drop rule is “over” please tell that to a white racist employer and listen closely to their response.

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    • Kiara Ex says:

      Lala …. She’s half black. She only has one black parent! Her mom is white, white women don’t have the same experiences as black women. So, how can she teach her to be a black woman if she’s not one herself??? She sees the world through the eyes of the white woman who raised her.

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    • Kiara Ex says:

      It’s very different in the US. I don’t know why you doubting something you’ve never experienced. Please stay in the UK with that one drop rule logic. Thank you!

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    • Dana Walls says:

      You’re obviously Black Laura. Why would you want someone who is biracial to represent you? A Black woman? Also, go back to the playbook and find another way to silence someone, because the angry card has been played to death, LMAO!

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    • Right ^^^ and apparently we are angry for not promoting our own replacement! Please!

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    • Kiara Ex says:

      Black men are at fault for this also…. It’s like their self hate and need to breed with the enemies daughter will erase black women and men…sad as hell. It gets tiring arguing about this issue, but if we stay silent like our elders this will destroy us.

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    • I won’t stay silent because it’s some bullshit! Biracial people are not Black. I’m not playing that game!!

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    • Jessica Lynn says:

      Black women of 2 black parents hate their image because the men they find attractive hate it as well. It’s really that simple.

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    • Feji Tobore says:

      So what you’re trying to say Shelley Wright is that Black identity is moderated by white people? Come of it, belief systems life yours is why the media is getting away with replacing and erasing black women with no talent chicks like Tinashe. For once we choose not to play ball and it’s an issue. smh

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  2. Phenomenalwmyn says:

    This comments section is just sad. Black women are constantly under attack elsewhere; I feel the LAST thing we should be doing, is attacking each other. Let that colorism nonsense blind you, like it’s supposed to! But please know you only speak for ONE black woman… YOURSELF.

    Considering Tinashe supposedly reads this, I’d love for her to see that THIS BLACK WOMAN heard her SISTER, and appreciates Tinashe’s effort to bring consciousness, empathy, and respect to the diverse experiences within black womanhood. I have to agree, I too heard her radio singles and did not make the effort to give her a fair listen. I’m glad I finally did! Aquarius is a dope album. Looking forward to supporting you, as you grow!

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    • Loren says:

      You better believe that a good amount of the people leaving comments complaining about colorism (the hateful comments, not the more positive ones) cried when our “first black president” was elected back in 08. They were probably applauding Amandla Stenberg (who clearly has some sort of white man’s blood flowing through her veins) a few months ago too after she called out Kylie Jenner. They just have a problem with Tinashe speaking out b/c she’s “the cute little new light skin girl on the block” who hasn’t proved herself yet. They’re basically asking “who the hell is she to have an opinion”? People have their heads so far up their own asses.

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  3. Elle Bennett says:

    I’m going to just be honest here. Right or wrong, I don’t really care about what girls like her have to say about this. I don’t dislike her or anything like that. If she doesn’t think her complexion is moving her forward in this industry, she’s delusional. The issue is that there’s only one type of black girl that seems to always win. It sounds like she’s saying “it doesn’t matter that light skin girls are winning…..lets just be happy that a black girl is winning”. Noooooo my dear. Doesn’t work like that. Again, just me being honest.

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  4. Corine says:

    Ok I’m not going to lie I was sleep on her and was like most of you with the “there’s nothing special about her.” Until I heard some songs from her album Aquarius. …yass chile I’m loving it. Cold sweat is sooo dope. Love Aquarius, bet , and feels like vegas too. I see what she’s saying. People probably don’t take the time to research because based off of her radio hits, to be honest, she does seem like your typical rising star who will only get a few minutes of fame. But she has a darker side to her that’s not all bubble gum and really creative. It’s unique, I really don’t know what to describe her sound as but some of her videos give me fka twigs vibe and I like weird stuff like that lol

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  5. Nerd Love says:

    I’ve been following her since I stumbled on her song “Boss” a couple years ago. I have all her mixtapes and her album. I personally think the tapes were better than the album but I’m happy to see her out there grinding.

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  6. C says:

    Tinashe needs better music. It doesn’t have to be generic trap, it just has to stand out. She doesn’t stand out.

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  7. Fudge it! says:

    LET’S REVERSE THIS…….

    WILL WE EVER SEE A BIRACIAL WOMAN (black mom, white dad or v/v) REPRESENT WHITE WOMEN?
    HOW ABOUT REPRESENTING ANY OTHER RACE OF WOMEN? ASIANS, HISPANIC, INDIANS? NO???/
    @Tinashe I know you doesn’t see the issue but try standing on the podium and say “I represent White women” and see what those people will call you,a Neeeega because they do not accept you…

    Raven & Stacy dash can speak negatively about the African race but they CANNOT CALL THEMSELVES WHITE because that will be the end for them because they doesn’t represent pale skin, blonde hair and blue eyes, amen!

    The main reasons BIRACIAL people are coined as “Black” is because they’re not accepted by whites… Cold truth.

    I like Tinashe & her music but I cannot say she or other BIRACIAL people represent me because they don’t … Simply put, black+black=black – white+white=white so how could black+white=Grey equates to BLACK?????????
    Beyonce, Rihanna, Nicki and countless other Black women have been bleaching to appear more “European” because secretly majority of us are embarrassed to say “I’m black, period!” We gotta always say “but my family is mixed with….. Xyz”

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  8. gellie says:

    Tinashe is pretty, talented. But what it comes down to is music. It’s just not popping. I think musically, she needs to go back to the drawing board.

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  9. Wavy Dee says:

    She’s very underrated. She puts on a great show! A true performer if you ask me.

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  10. Who cares. Never heard a single song from her. Her complextion is THE ONLY reason she has any popularity. She doesn’t speak for the black community, or black artist. Greater artist of the darker hue are always at a disadvantage no matter the immense talent.

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  11. Fudge it! says:

    For all the years I’ve been living I have never seen a biracial woman represent any other race besides our own….
    The Black race must be a trash can because EVERYTHING should go in but not everything can go in a recycling bin, or bin for bottles but EVERY damn THING goes in the trash can right???

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  12. Sarah says:

    I agree with a lot of what she said but obviously the people who will support her are the more established in the industry because she’s not a threat to them. Beyonce wasn’t inviting Ashanti on tour when they were coming up. They were in competition. And another point, this thing about there only being space for one black musician/actress, its even worse because some black singers have bought into this and believe it too.

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  13. LOVE HER! She was really speaking truth in this interview, especially the tidbit about women of color in entertainment. They’re always pitted against each other!

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  14. In music and arts, you can’t hide black talent. From shades of Mariah, Aaliyah, Janet, Beyonce, Kelly, Mary J., there’s room for all… Tinashe, you just have some work to do. We need more skill from you

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  15. Pastor G says:

    I not encouraged by what I have read here within these many comments. Many of you are probably Christians or so you say and yet have forgotten that we black people came out of the Hebrew, Greek, and African lineages which were ad mixtures of white or light skinned people and dark skinned people based on the environment factors and previous mixing of the races. You have not read that all humans are 99% genetically the same, which supports the fact the fact the Eve is the life giver of all humanity as God has written. This proclivity to jump on the bandwagon of hate because of skin color is a behavior similar to other groups of people. Check yourselves and sin not. Do not become like your abusers.

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  16. Rai says:

    GREAT article and interview. It’s clear that ppl (noticeably black people) just will not give her a chance which is a shame. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing her perform live and I can say that I’ve haven’t seen stage presence like that in a while. The girl is truly a superstar in the making. I’ve noticed that she has been trying to balance her music more by infusing a little more pop into her r&b. Mainstream has began to take a liking to her which is well deserved. If her future projects are anything like Aquarius ,which was bomb,then she will have a bright future. People will just have to come around and catch up I guess. Their loss. I will say that while I agree with her sentiments towards black achievements being that regardless of tone, she should be aware and be willing to help out the Sevyn Streeter’s of the world when she is in the position to do so. A collab or two wouldn’t hurt.

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  17. Ali D Myrick says:

    I didn’t read the entire article but in my opinion, it seems like they are trying to market her to the wrong “crowd” she seems like she would have more success as a pop star. She doesn’t seem “believable” as an R&B singer, she is talented though. I hope she finds her “pocket”

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  18. Bridget King says:

    I feel the same way .

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  19. Indie Ari is perfect example that what she said in this interview is pure bs. When Indie and Keys came out the same year they were both nominated for multiple grammy’s (actually Indie had more nods), yet Indie lost every single category to people she could sing circles around (especially screaming ass Keys). It has nothing to do with us black girls being pitted against one another it’s the fact that marketers will market those who look a certain way. I don’t think tinashe is talented in the least (my personal opinion and I’m entitled to it) but because if her “look” and her connections she has been successful…and she knows this that’s why she brought up the old and played out argument of “light vs dark”. She had nothing else to prove why she’s successful. Because she’s average at best. And lest we forget Ledisi being snubbed for Beyoncé…it all comes down to marketing and who is deemed more “friendly” looking.

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  20. Who is Tinashe? Based on this picture, her complexion and biracial heritage gives her an advantage over darker skin performers out there.

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  21. Love says:

    You guys have said everything I wanted but better!

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  22. Bosha says:

    I think what throws me off about Tinashe isn’t her “light skin and cute face”, it’s the fact that her voice doesn’t stand out for me…which turned her into just another light skin and cute face girl that labels push out. I’m not taking away from all of her accolades and such…but when I first see her (because she doesn’t have a powerful voice, original sound, or x-factor thing going on) I just kept it pushing. Her music is just okay for me, I think it’s following the alternative R&B trend too much, and it makes it hard for me to identify who she is because the genre is hot right now and not necessarily something original. When I think alternative R&B, I think of the Weeknd…he made that lane for himself. I don’t see that with Tinashe and when that happens it makes paving the way for yourself harder. If your voice isn’t a powerhouse sound, you have to produce hit after hit or have a major ex-factor like an Ashanti, Rihanna, or Ciara. I just don’t see that with her thus far.

    But it’s a double edged sword because most female talent with powerhouse voices aren’t dime pieces, so they struggle to be seen at all and not just be recognized as a powerhouse voice. It’s rare that the two are combined, but when they are you get Whitney, Mariah, and Beyonce. Those essentially can’t be beat. The only other aisle is being a bad bish like Janet, Rihanna and Madonna. I just don’t see Tinashe fitting any of those top notch spots. Unfortunately men don’t have to battle for these narrow spots, but women do.

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  23. mrskeepitreal says:

    Wow yall are really going in in these comments, damn I thought black people were a little more accepting than this. Its sad some of yall are so “woke” EVERYTHING becomes about some white supremacist agenda this girl spoke HER Truth and yall feel like because YOU DON’T identify she should be cast off into the bi-racial sea of rejection some of yall sound like the oppressor!

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  24. Adrianne B says:

    Unfortunately I’m just stuck on the use of the word “irregardless” (which is not a word at all). The articles on the site are always thought provoking and relevant but I wonder sometimes, who is the editor?

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  25. DJ Emir says:

    Well regardless of the fact that IRREGARDLESS is not a word as it would be “Having no regard for having no regard” or in other words having regard LOL Tinashe is definitely a hot upcoming artist that already has great success with a few hit singles on the airwaves. The production behind her is top quality and she sounds great on the tracks. LOL I once had that very conversation on that “word” we looked it up for the win and to my surprise the word was actually in the dictionary. But regardless of it being found in the dictionary the very definition rebutted the fact that it was in there at all! I had a good laugh at my girlfriend’s expense when she said see there it is… rthen we read the definition together as:

    Irregardless definition: “Though in widespread use, this word should be avoided in favor of Regardless. (See Regardless)” TAKE THAT! LOL

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  26. Rya says:

    I’m honestly not a fan of her voice. Rihanna is also average, but she has great producers and catchy hooks. Tinashe needs a new team. Especially a new publicist. To me, she’s just another light skin girl that sings, dances, and try’s to be sexy. I’m tired of seeing so many failed Aaliyah wannabes. It’s exhausting to watch.

    P.s. I don’t believe biracial people are black. Biracial people tend to claim their black side when they are feeling the pressure of their white side. Don’t try to ditch your momma side because they’re being mean. No ma’am. You’re biracial.

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