Tinashe Responds To Backlash Over Colorism Comments


by Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)

(AllHipHop News) Tinashe found herself in the middle of a firestorm yesterday.

Her name became a trending topic on Twitter after an interview with The Guardian featuring the “2 On” singer was published.

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

Those comments led to a significant backlash by social media users.

In an attempt to push back against the negative reactions, Tinashe began responding to people on Twitter about the subject.

“I was not talking about colorism in the industry. This is taken out of context,” tweeted the 24-year-old artist.

When questioned if she believes colorism is preventing her from being successful as an entertainer, Tinashe replied, “The article framed it as such, about success in music, whereas the conversation we had was about my experiences growing up in general.”

The Guardian feature also included the R&B vocalist addressing being put up against veteran superstars Beyoncé and Rihanna.

“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,” stated Tinashe.

She also called Bey, RiRi, and Ciara amazing artists.