‘2 On’ performer Tinashe is calling out the music industry for only championing one black female artist at a time.
Read her point of her view below…
In an interview with ‘The Fader’ she shared:
I feel like I still have to represent the [black] community.That has been what has been my struggle… 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 five black girls winning. It’s weird.
Tinashe makes a valid point.
Unfortunately it’ll be some time before things change. It’s a difficult pill to swallow but it seems that the music industry’s issue with colorism is to blame for this trend.
Why? Managers and A&R scouts in today’s game are perhaps only interested in signing artists from ethnic backgrounds when said artists appear to be racially ambiguous.
The assumption is that the general public will be turned off by acts whose ethnicity can’t be “erased” with blonde and brown wigs, lightening creams or contact lenses.
This explains the absence of Asians and darker-skinned African-Americans and Latinas functioning as serious contenders on today’s entertainment scene.
The result? An assembly line of Beyonce clones forced to compete for the attention of music lovers who are very aware of how interchangeable they are.
It doesn’t help that the demise of platforms like TRL and 106 & Park have robbed these girls of the opportunity to push their points of differences with their personalities or that it’s become extremely easy for them to replicate each other’s sounds.
The problem, the way we see it, isn’t that five black girls can’t win at the same time…but that five black girls who look and sound exactly the same can’t win at the same time.
Here’s hoping Camp Tinashe finds a way to turn her into the Britney Spears of a group made up of Jessica Simpson’s and Mandy Moore’s.