Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star and dancehall queen Spice is opening up about the reason behind her new look.
The singer made waves recently when photos surfaced online featuring her with lighter skin. Now Spice has revealed that it was a stunt for her new video and single, “Black Hypocrisy.”
The video sees Spice urging Black women to love themselves, and the skin they’re in despite complexion. The video and song’s message tackles her own struggles with colorism in the music industry.
In the song, she sings: “(‘Cause) I was told I would reach further/If the color of mi skin was lighter/And I was made to feel inferior/Cah society seh brown girls prettier.”
Spice joins another Love & Hip Hop star, Amara La Negra, in tackling colorism.
Earlier this year, La Negra opened up about her experience in the industry, telling The Breakfast Club, “I went to do an audition for a Latin soap opera and they told me I had a special look. ‘Special look’ means you’re Black. I had somebody tell me, ‘Honestly because you’re so cool, I’m gonna tell you the truth.'”
La Negra later told ESSENCE that despite constant issues with colorism in the industry, her love for her community has only gotten stronger.
“Something I love about my amazing Afro-Latina community is that we are united. We really love and embrace each other and I think that’s so important.”