Spice is debunking stigmas connected to a woman’s skin color one lyric at a time.
The Jamaican dancehall queen had the internet in an uproar yesterday when photos and videos surfaced of her skin looking much lighter than we’re used to. While many thought she was following in the footsteps of her skin-bleaching Romping Shop partner Vybz Kartel, we’re more than happy to see it was a stunt meant to send an extremely important message.
Spice’s shocking lighter skin is for her new music video titled “Black Hypocrisy,” where the Love & Hip Hop Atlanta breakout star urges young black women to love themselves unconditionally. Similar to Amara La Negra’s commitment on educating people about colorism, Spice opens up about the struggles she’s faced being a darker-toned woman in the industry.
Spice kicks off the video by motivating a class of promising young women with a pep talk saying:
I have a dream, that one day black women will start supporting each other rather than bashing each other. Ladies! Never forget that your are:
I am dripping melanin with honey; I am black without apology.
The song details her experiences growing up where Spice says she “was told [she] would reach further if the color of her skin was lighter” and that she “was made to feel inferior because society said brown girls look prettier.”
Spice is proud of her complexion despite receiving hate, more often than not from her own race. Since she’s consistently been told she’s “too black,” and has been crushed when some disgustingly told her that her complexion made her look “dirty,” Spice gets her whole body beat with lighter shade makeup to prove that you don’t have to be fair-skinned to be accepted. Thankfully this song instills confidence and preaches that all women should love the skin they’re in.
Don’t feed into black hypocrisy and let’s build up the self esteem of our black and beautiful queens by praising all women of all shades.
Never change Spice.
You’re perfect, honey.
In this throwback Love & Hip Hop Miami clip, Amara learns the hard way about what some producers think of darker-toned artists.