Dancehall artist Spice made headlines on Monday after she appeared to have lightened her skin. The Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star used makeup to address the issues of colorism and skin-bleaching in her new video, Black Hypocrisy.
At the beginning of the video, Spice is delivering her version of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech to a room full of dark-skinned women. Messages about Blackness are written on posters throughout the room including, “demolish colourism, stop racism” and “A Black women once told me I’m too Black.”
On the song, the Jamaican native speaks about being told she’d attain more success if she were a lighter complexion. “I was told I would reach further / If the color of my skin was lighter / And I was made to feel inferior / Because society says Brown girls are prettier,” Spice sings.
During scenes of the video, she appeared in the white makeup to deliver her point about the hypocrisy of Black people who ridiculed her for having dark skin.
The pro-Black anthem is from Spice’s forthcoming mixtape, Captured, which is scheduled to release on Nov. 2.
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