As one of biggest girlbands in UK history, the Sugababes were loved by their fans for their talent, bops, and diversity.
However, this did not quell the flames of racism that often engulfed the group’s longest serving member Keisha Buchanan – who is now opening up about her experience.
During her lengthy tenure with the band, the singer was subject to media scrutiny that was soaked in coded racial bias. A practice that would continue even after her initial 2009 departure.
Indeed, she’d routinely be branded a “bully” and her bandmates asked (in her presence) whether they were “scared” of her. All without evidence to support such line of questioning.
In a candid video statement, she reveals she’d often have to put on a brave face – but the effects of the bias left her fragile.
Watch the emotional account below…
Kudos to Keisha for speaking up and out. And for being a survivor of what can often be a hyper-harsh industry – especially for women of colour.
There’s a global dialogue about race at present and it’s important for figures from all spheres to speak up and out about their journeys so as for change to occur.