Jamaican dancehall star Spice shook the melanin out of Black Twitter on Monday (October 22) with a shocking Instagram photo displaying the singer’s completely whitewashed skin and a rather telling caption reading, “Nothing wrong with a fresh start.”
Immediately, fans flipped their cellphones in rage at the So Mi Like It singer and rapper new bleached look complete with light-colored eye contacts and a lengthy blonde wig. Others weren’t so convinced, however, claiming that Spice was trolling her followers to hype up promo for her new Captured mixtape.
While that wasn’t quite the case, the Love & Hip Hop cast member did have another trick up her sleeve to expose two of the culture’s most reprehensible vices: colorism and hypocrisy.
“Since the photo was photoshopped,” she captioned the video. “How did i video shop this on snap chat? 🤣🤣🤣😂.”
A new song and visual dedicated to the empowering of skin-tone acceptance among Black women and the depowering of colorism in all of its vicious forms. Spice opens the video with a sovereign speech to a room full of gorgeous Black women, all glowing in their natural, melanin goddess glory. She slams down acts of envy and debasement among Black women and turns their attention to a poster displaying her acronym for the word “Black”: beautiful, lovely, attractive, courageous and kind. The women cheer her on before the “Black Hypocrisy” record ensues where Spice flips back and forth to the bleach-toned, artificial light-skinned woman to her natural deep brown complexion, calling out the hypocrisy women of her skin tone are forced to fight through every day. “Bun racism, demolish colourism,” she lyricizes. “But the things weh mi a go seh/ Yuh might not even have mi back/ I get hate from my own race/ Yes, that's a fact/ 'Cause the same black people dem seh I'm too black/ And if yuh bleach out yuh skin dem same one come a chat.”
Whew, chile…this might hit home with some folks on the Love & Hip Hop turf.
Get into Spice’s message on colorism with the official music video for “Black Hypocrisy” below.
(Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)