Tinashe has opened up about the racism she’s encountered in the music industry in a new interview with xoNecole. 

In the Aquarius singer’s words: “I feel like I still have to represent the (black) community. That has been what has been my struggle because people do feel like there is only room for one. 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 room (for us all). There can’t be five Black girls winning. It’s weird.”

“I think it comes from a place of there is only room for (black woman),” she added. “The way I see it, obviously, is if a black girl is winning – whether she is light skin, dark skin, 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.”

Read the full interview, and watch Tinashe take on FACT TV’s Confessions below.

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