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Tinashe Speaks on Being Considered a 'Pop' Star as a Black Woman: 'I Fought Hard'

Tinashe Speaks on Being Considered a 'Pop' Star as a Black Woman: 'I Fought Hard'

Tinashe is opening up about her experience in the music industry.

The 27-year-old Songs For You star reacted to a recent Rolling Stone article discussing the elimination of the term “urban” as a music category amid global protests against systemic racism, and the consideration of eliminating “pop” as a genre.

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“This article is spot on— I’ve been saying it for YEARS. The music industry is designed to segregate and that needs to end,” she said.

“As a black woman I fought HARD AF , for years, to be considered ‘pop’ by my label without changing my sound because of the inevitable ceiling I felt was put on the urban and rhythmic departments…. then the pop department didn’t find my music acceptable so I molded it for them,” she wrote.

“& in an attempt to make my sound more pop department friendly, the public rejected it, I lost my spirit/ inspiration as a creative, &had to part ways with the label entirely. Luckily I’ve thrived as an independent artist, but I know first hand how insidious & traumatizing this is.”

Here’s what she said about her experience at recent Black Lives Matter protests…

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