Bossip Video
1 of 5


Rumor control…

Tinashe Explains Her Colorism Comments

After getting obliterated on social media, Tinashe is explaining the convoluted comments that landed her in hot water.

Tinashe recently chatted with The Guardian about her upbringing and life in the music industry. Things got especially interesting however when the “Too On” songstress spoke on colorism in the black community.

According to Tinashe, in the music biz you’re “either Rihanna or Beyonce…

“It’s kind of like sport; people feel like they have to pick a side.” Suddenly she springs forward, her default laid-back demeanour temporarily out of the window. “There are hundreds of [male] rappers that all look the same, that sound the same, but if you’re a black woman, you’re either Beyoncé or Rihanna. It’s very, very strange.”

Judy Eddy/

and sometimes the biracial songstress doesn’t feel “fully accepted” in the black community.

“Tinashe’s mixed-race heritage, which was used “as another example of why I was different” during those difficult school years, also remains an issue. “There’s colourism involved in the black community, which is very apparent,” she says carefully.

“It’s about trying to find a balance where I’m a mixed woman, and sometimes I feel like I don’t fully fit into the black community; they don’t fully accept me, even though I see myself as a black woman. That disconnect is confusing sometimes.” A shrug. “I am what I am.”

Did you notice that she didn’t say her light skin tone is to blame for her shaky career???

WENN 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People In The World, Tinashe Kachingwe

Tinashe’s since taken to Twitter to defend herself and she’s adamant that her comments were taken completely out of context.

What do YOU think about Tinashe explaining her colorism comments???

Paul Morigi/Getty Images

More of her explanation on the flip.

In totally unrelated news, Tinashe once licked a tiny toilet for a photo shoot.

We just wanted to point that out because it’s quite strange, carry on.

Continue Slideshow


Bossip Comment Policy
Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.