Harlem femcee Azealia Banks reignited her tension with Cardi B two weeks ago with an interview on The Breakfast Club where she pointed out her problem with the Bronx rap star’s deviating position in hip-hop as it pertains to Black women.
Per usual, her commentary sent their respective fan bases into a full-blown internet war. But, according to an old VladTV interview that the Bardi Gang resurfaced, Azealia might have more in common with Cardi when it comes to their opinions on colorism and the Black community than she realizes.
In the 2017 interview, Cardi was an even fresher, budding talent, and the hip-hop interviewer had the opportunity to sit with her for a little over an hour to discuss life before fame. He asked her to expand on her thoughts about dark-skinned Black women, mentioning her previous sentiment that she believed they were discriminated against more than anyone else.
“Yes,” she said. “It’s true.”
Cardi used the shift in strip club culture to demonstrate her stance, stating that bartenders are now the hot commodities of New York strip venues, and Black bartenders are hardly ever hired anymore. She also believes that has much to do with the fetishization of “exotic” women (presumably referencing the “foreign girl” trend).
Earlier in the interview, Cardi also discussed the discrimination in the strip clubs she worked at. She remembered how the white women were favored over the “colored girls, or girls like [her].” This wasn’t an issue in the urban strip clubs, however, which Cardi said raised her concern about her thickness and influenced her decision to enhance her body parts.
In other words, Cardi is not lost on the effects, or even experiences, of colorism in minority communities as a light-skinned Afro-Latina, even in her former life.
Listen to her full discourse on the topic at the 10:30 and 43:20 marks below.
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