Tinashe : “I feel like I still have to represent the Black community”

The R&B singer Tinashe speaks out on the music industry and she is not afraid to express her opinion.

In a recent interview,  the talented, outspoken singer spoke on her views of institutional racism within the music industry. “For me, I feel like I still have to represent the Black community,” she says. “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 ridiculous because there are like a hundred blonde, white actresses and leading ladies,” she continues. “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.”

Tinashe also argued that a ‘win’ for one black girl is a win for everyone else. “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.”

Make sure to look out for Tinashe’s highly-anticipated sophomore album Joyride that is scheduled to drop early next year.

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