Following Azealia Banks‘ headline-making remarks on the matter it seems racism is no longer a no-go area for today’s Pop star.
Once considered a taboo topic for record labels hoping to keep their artists as PC as possible the subject is now one many artists are now expected to address as stories of police brutality against minorities continues to dominate the news cycle.
Now, ‘Man Down‘ chanteuse Rihanna is baring all on her race-related experiences within the supposedly post-racial entertainment industry.
What she said will surprise many.
Find out why below…
Everyone’s cool with a young black woman singing, dancing, partying and looking hot, but that when it comes time to negotiate, to broker a deal, she is suddenly made aware of her blackness. ‘And, you know, that never ends, by the way. It’s still a thing. And it’s the thing that makes me want to prove people wrong. It almost excites me; I know what they’re expecting and I can’t wait to show them that I’m here to exceed those expectations. But, I have to bear in mind that those people are judging you because you’re packaged a certain way — they’ve been programmed to think a black man in a hoodie means grab your purse a little tighter. For me, it comes down to smaller issues, scenarios in which people can assume something of me without knowing me, just by my packaging.
What do you make of her comments?