Dancehall Artist Spice Explains Skin Lightening Pic In Powerful Post

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At the end of Oct. 2018, dancehall artist Spice shocked fans when she posted a photo of herself with noticeably lighter skin. Many assumed that she had opted to lighten her complexion with cosmetic creams, opening the door to a larger discussion about colorism in the Afro-Caribbean community. While many thought this might be her new and permanent look, the artist shared a lengthy post on Instagram on Friday (Nov. 2), explaining the shocking photo.

“On October 22nd I posted a picture of myself where i looked like I altered my appearance and metamorphosis to match the ‘Eurocentric beauty standards.’ I fearlessly addressed an issue that has been swept under the rug and boldly took the stance in bringing a taboo topic to the fore front,” she wrote. “I chose to do this in the manner I did because I believe Colorism is plagiarizing our black community.  While It appeared as if I had ‘bleached’ my skin, causing a world wide debate, and even thought the picture was obviously birthed around my single titled ‘Black hypocrisy’ and my mixtape Captured. I want to openly say it was not a “publicity stunt”. I wanted to create awareness to ‘Colorism’ and it was more so done intentionally to create shock value so that I could have the worlds undivided attention to deliver the message in my music.”

She also discussed the challenges women with dark skin face in society and amongst people of their own race. “There are dark skin women across the world complaining every day that they are being downplayed and degraded, but the raw truth is it is us ‘black women’ and “black men” that are fighting against each other and tearing down our own race,” she continued. “It’s evident in the social media comments every day, I myself have lived through it all being downgraded by my dark complexion.
Would the message in my song have been received as well as it did world wide if I didn’t go to the extreme with the picture? The truth is no it would have probably been just another Spice hit song; so yes I had to go the extra mile
to ensure my message be heard.”

She concluded: “Yes ‘Black is beautiful’ we say it every day but are we showing love to our black women? This topic is long and I could spread it so far but mi tired fi type Lol. The fact is Colorism is happening in the homes ,school and businesses.”

Spice also noted that she did not bleach her skin and that she was proud of her natural complexion. As previously mentioned, Spice has proudly advocated for women of dark complexions throughout her career.

After sharing the controversial photo, she released her single “Black Hyprocrisy,” which explored aspects of colorism as well. The single appears on her new mixtape Captured, which is currently available on streaming platforms. Listen to the project below.

 

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On October 22nd I posted a picture of myself where i looked like I altered my appearance and metamorphosis to match the “Eurocentric beauty standards”. I fearlessly addressed an issue that has been swept under the rug and boldly took the stance in bringing a taboo topic to the fore front. I chose to do this in the manner I did because I believe Colorism is plagiarizing our black community. While It appeared as if I had “bleached” my skin, causing a world wide debate, and even though the picture was obviously birthed around my single titled“Black hypocrisy” and my mixtape Captured.I want to openly say it was not a “publicity stunt”. I wanted to create awareness to “Colorism” and it was more so done intentionally to create shock value so that I could have the worlds undivided attention to deliver the message in my music. There are dark skin women across the world complaining every day that they are being downplayed and degraded, but the raw truth is it is us “black women” and “black men” that are fighting against each other and tearing down our own race. It’s evident in the social media comments every day, I myself have lived through it all being downgraded by my dark complexion. Would the message in my song have been received as well as it did world wide if I didn’t go to the extreme with the picture? The truth is no it would have probably been just another Spice hit song; so yes I had to go the extra mile to ensure my message be heard. Most people got a misconception that I was boosting “Skin bleaching” but ironically it was the opposite. I used myself as an example of what people from the black community is causing other women to do because of how society makes them feel. Yes “Black is beautiful” we say it every day but are we showing love to our black women? This topic is long and I could spread it so far but mi tired fi type Lol. The fact is Colorism is happening in the homes ,school and businesses but I’ll leave it till my next post. To put a end to the debate “I DID NOT BLEACH MY SKIN” and I quote “Proud a mi color, love mi pretty black skin, respect due to mi strong melanin” words from my “Black Hypocrisy” song that I wrote from my heart.

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