With the world at large engaged in deep debate about racial injustice, Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock has weighed-in with a powerfully personal take on her experience in the music business.
For over nine years, the singer and her group have dominated the Brit-Pop landscape – nabbing #1s and packing arenas on sold-out tours.
Yet, as the age old adage goes, not all that glitters is gold.
In a super candid video shared with fans, Pinnock opened up about feeling less than within the Pop quad and unpacked the various hurdles she’s encountered as a Mixed Race woman of Black heritage.
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Along with the clip, she wrote:
Like many of you, I have been feeling really heavy with everything that we are seeing online and hearing on the news. In the past I have mentioned some personal experiences that were triggered due to my race. More than ever I felt like it was time that I was completely open and honest with you all because finally, the world is awake and people want to listen, help and understand. I’m not doing this video for sympathy or for you to watch and then go about normal life. I’m doing it because enough is enough and hopefully from sharing this we can all do more to understand the racism that takes place. In doing this we are able to approach the bigger issue and break down systemic racism. All we want is equality and justice for our black community. 🖤
Kudos to Leigh-Anne for plucking up the courage to “go-there,” because “there” is truly where she went. And it was necessary, powerful, and hopefully helps spark change.