Jamaican dancehall artist Grace Hamilton alias Spice shocked fans when she posted a photo of herself with noticeably lighter skin last month after she dropped a new song called Black hypocrisy.
The song which caused a buzz globally, highlighted the issue of colorism, whereby the reality TV star addressed the constant comments of her being too black from fellow black people. In the video, she is seen to have ‘bleached’ her skin and asking if her skin color is more appealing.
Based on images making their runs on the internet, 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.
She posted on Instagram “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.”
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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.
The “So Mi Like It” singer also noted that she did not bleach her skin and that she was proud of her natural complexion. That it was not a publicity stunt and that she did what she had to do in order to create awareness on the matter.
The 36-year-old has just released a follow-up track dubbed “Under Fire” following the backlash she received for the tack “Black Hypocrisy”. Both singles appear on her new mixtape “Captured”, which is currently available online.