Tinashe: “There Can’t Be Five Black Girls Winning”


Tinashe feels the world has decided there are enough black women in music.

The “Player” singer opens up about prejudice she faces in the music industry. “There is only room for one,” she says in her new interview with The Fader. “Or there is only room for two. Again, the way I see it, obviously, is if a black girl is winning—whether she is lightskin, darkskin, or any type of shade in-between, that should be a win for the black community, period. But it’s not necessarily always perceived as such. It’s like, ‘Oh, she’s on the more lighter spectrum, so that is why she wins.’”

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“I feel like I still have to represent the [black] community,” Tinashe continued. “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 is a highly underrated artist and is on the cusp of becoming one of the greats. The industry has already created roles for said women and isn’t keen on newcomers. That being said, the Aquarius singer has a fire in her belly and a hunger to hit the top, so if the music biz isn’t making a role for her… she’ll have to create one herself.

We have a feeling she’s well on her way.

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