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WHEN THE HITS NOT HITTING: Tinashe Seems To Blame The Black Community For Her Lackluster Singing Career

Tinashe seems to have an idea as to why her singing career hasn’t gone to higher heights.  She believes that somehow the black community is at fault. Find out what she said inside…

Since Tinashe stepped on the music scene, there was big talk that she would skyrocket to become the next big “thing.” But, her career hasn’t quite reached the heights she hoped it would.  Could it be because it's hard for folks to separate -- or care about separating -- her persona from the likes of Ciara, Rihanna, the chick who sings that "Nobody" song and others?  Maybe.

Many factors could be at play, but the 24-year-old singer feels like the black community plays a big part. Why? Well, she says she doesn't get full support from the blacks because she’s of mixed race.

Yeah, she went there.

In an interview with The Guardian, while in the middle of speaking about her hardships in the industry, she said "colorism" also affected her.  She said even in school she had a hard time finding her place because of it.

“There’s colorism involved in the black community, which is very apparent,” she shared. “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. I am what I am.”

Hmm…we’re having a hard time connecting the dots here. Girl, we definitely know you're black.  But where colorism is concerned, you, Tinashe, would historically be the beneficiary due to having lighter skin.  If you want to play that card...

We wonder if she's ever considered that her music just isn’t that great. No shade, but most of her songs sound the same and nothing really stands out. Maybe it's just hard for folks to put on their stan hats for Tinashe.  We do bop to "2 On" whenever it comes on though.

We also can't remember the last time she rocked with actual black media, which could have been her connect to the black community.  Instead, we've seen her eat up plenty of mainstream publication coverage - from Fader to Paper to Teen Vogue to others - that we would bet her team purposely and solely went after.  Maybe she thought the black audience would automatically co-sign her whether she acknowledged their presence or not.

We suggest she consults with her team about where she feels she's falling short.

She did, however, defend the notion that there's room for more than one black pop star female in the industry:

“Recently, my cousin was with a friend of a friend, who was in high school, and she was like: ‘I’m a fan of Kehlani,’ but in a way that was like, ‘So I can’t be a fan of Tinashe, too.’ Then my friend posed the question, ‘Why not be a fan of both?’ 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.”

Switching gears, she opened up about that time Rihanna, or someone from Rihanna's team, allegedly “stole” T's 'Joyride' track for Ri's album.

“Yeah, that’s true, but I don’t know if it was personally Rihanna, like, ‘I’m taking that from Tinashe.’ I don’t think that’s how it worked. But it’s back now.”

We’re just going to leave this here.  Discuss amongst yourselves…



Photo: Tinashe's IG





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