Tinashe is back in the spotlight and no, it isn’t because she finally released her debut album Joyride. Her latest interview with The Guardian has created quite the controversy, and this is why.
The singer sat down to talk about her music and also the problems she faces in the industry as a result of sexism and colorism:
“It’s so much easier for male artists. 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.”
She then began to talk about how other artists went through similar issues:
“It felt like they almost had to sacrifice someone because there wasn’t enough room, which isn’t true. Ciara’s an amazing artist, Beyoncé’s an amazing artist, Rihanna’s an amazing artist, and they’re all very different!”
Tinashe also began to talk about how the color of her skin and race play a part as well:
“There’s colourism 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.”
The last comment she made is what caused a stir. Author Michael Arceneaux tweeted:
“I really think Tinashe is talented and there is a struggle for Black girls in music, but this interview ain’t it and is totally unhelpful. I don’t even think most people knew Tinashe was mixed. Her name is Tinashe. Girl, we clocked in on your Blackness. The Blacks will usually lend a helping hand even if you only give us one and a half of a bop. Don’t blame us even partially.”
New York Magazine’s Craig Jenkins noted:
“Tinashe career feels type hexed but she is correct that dudes in the biz with very little distinguishing characteristics still get to eat…Pinning her difficulty connecting to people on black community social politics when the music isn’t as sharp as it needs to be is..something.”
Music fans on Twitter also addressed Tinashe asking “What is tinashe on? A light skin mixed chick blaming colorism for the lack of success in her career.” Check out some tweets below:
Of course Tinashe also had her fair share of fans that backed her up. Check out some of the more supportive tweets below:
Tinashe’s Joyride is due out sometime this year, but the singer revealed that she is still not completely done with the project:
“It’s not like it’s sitting in a vault locked up, it’s always getting better and improving. I plan on doing a solid few more months recording then hopefully getting it out this year…hopefully. It’s going to be great. They’re going to be the best songs!”
What do you think about all of this? Do you think she has a point or is she just talking nonsense? Let us know!