Tinashe on racism in music: ‘There can’t be five black girls winning. It’s weird.’

The young singer expresses her views on racism in the music industry

TinaShe has spoken out in an interview about her views regarding racism in the music industry.

Talking to xoNecole, Tinashe explained that she felt there was only room for one black female artist in each genre and that she struggles to represent the black community.

“People feel like there is only room for one,” she said. “There is a Beyoncé, there is a Rihanna, there is Zendaya, there is a Jourdan Dunn. There is a black girl in all of these positions and we don’t need another one.”

She continued: “It’s ridiculous because there are like a hundred blonde, white actresses and leading ladies. There are a hundred rappers that all virtually look the same, sound the same and dress the same and no one cares. But for some reason, when it comes to young women, they want to pit them against each other. There can’t be room [for us all]. There can’t be five Black girls winning. It’s weird.”

The 22-year-old singer followed these comments with her opinion that “if a black girl is winning – whether she is light skin, dark skin, or any type of shade in between, that should be a win for the black community, period.”

In September the LA-based star released a teaser trailer for her forthcoming second album ‘Joyride’ (watch above). This was followed by the singles ‘Party Favor’ and ‘Player’ featuring Chris Brown.

‘Joyride’, which hasn’t been set a release date yet, follows the singer’s debut album ‘Aquarius’, which came out in 2014 and garnered a more than respectable 8/10 from NME.