Awkward. Black Shade Coming From Black Voices

January 23, 2015  |  
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Race relations may be better than they’ve ever been, but some of these celebs might need more time to get comfortable in their own skin. From “dark butts” to “blue eyes” these are the comments that give black fans of these black celebrities pause.

Tameka “Tiny” Harris

“Thank you Dr. Montasser Menif for the amazing experience and for making my dreams come true!”

When former Xscape member Tiny posted those words to Instagram alongside of a shot of her ice grey dream eyes, the backlash was immediate.

Tiny responded,

“You have to do what makes you happy. As long as you’re being healthy and safe, just do what makes you feel good. People are saying I must have low self-esteem, but if you really know me, I have no problems in the self esteem department!”

But a lot of Tiny’s black fan base still feel some type of way about what Tiny’s choice of blonde hair and grey eyes say about her feelings about blackness.

Lil Wayne

“beautiful black woman, I bet that b*tch look better red.”

When one fan pointed out that his daughter was a beautiful black woman who’s likely listened to those lyrics, Wayne clapped back, “my daughter is a dark skinned millionaire, that’s the difference between her and you.”

Lil Wayne followed up by saying that he won’t have any more dark kids because he made sure that all of the other mothers of his children were light-skinned.

Yung Berg

“I’m kinda racist … I don’t like dark butts …. that’s what I call dark-skinned women … I [don’t date women] darker than me.”

Yung Berg says he has no love for dark-skinned women. Unless they pass the pool test which is at least some of the most creative shade against black hair that I’ve heard in a while:

“I love the pool test. If you can jump in the pool exactly like you are and you don’t come out looking better than you looked before going in the pool – then that’s not a good look.”

When Yung Berg’s black fans got understandably upset about his comments, his response was something along the lines of “eff you, pay me.”:

“You may hate me or have an opinion about me, but you’ve been in your car listening to records that I’ve written or produced. So I really get the chuckle at that. Now I’m laughing.”

Kevin Hart

“Light-skinned women usually have better credit than dark-skinned women…broke a** dark h*** LOL”

Remember that controversial Tweet from 2010? Kevin Hart has had trouble repairing his relationship with his black women fan base ever since. But Kev says he’s not bothered. He told Playboy,

“Listen, that was just me being silly on Twitter, playing on a trending topic. Some people were offended by it, but that’s always a risk with comedy.

I didn’t feel I had to apologize for something that was misconstrued and taken out of context. I have no ill will toward women, not dark-skinned women, not light-skinned women. I was just being silly. I’m a comedian. Being silly is my job; it’s how I pay my bills.”

I’m trying not to remember all of the times I’ve heard white people excuse their racist jokes this way but I’m struggling.


“All the prettiest kids are light skinned anyway.”

We expected more from Ne-Yo before this 2008 interview. When his white female host quipped that she was glad he wasn’t dating anyone so she could have him to herself, Ne-Yo dropped that bomb while we all cringed and hoped his babies didn’t hear it.

Stacey Dash

Sean Hannity: “Has voting with Obama 95% of the time and Obamacare, has that helped the minority community in Louisiana?”

Stacey Dash: “No, not at all. It still keeps them stuck. They’re getting money for free. They feel worthless. They’re uneducated. I mean, as long as you are that way, they can keep you under their control …”

“They have a plantation mentality. As long as they give you this much money, you’ll stay right there. You don’t need to know too much because if you do, you might start thinking for yourself.”

Even other Republicans said that Stacey hurt the party with those controversial statements about black people.

Naya Rivera

“I believe white people shower more than ethnics.”

The Glee actress raised a lot of eyebrows during her recent appearance on The View.

I’ve heard a lot of stereotypes but that’s a new one. And as a black person who comes from a long line of people who shower every day, I don’t know whether to be more confused about the shower statement or Naya’s awkward use of the word “ethnics.”

Sheryl Underwood

“Nappy hair is nasty.”

It was hard not to cringe watching Sheryl Underwood tell Heidi Klum that she could understand why she’d want to save her half-white children’s “long silky stuff” but “why would you save curly, nappy, beady Afro hair?”

Hopefully someone sent Sheryl a few copies of Good Hair after the show aired.

Tiger Woods

“I’m not black, I’m Cablinasian.”

It’s been a long time, but black people still feel some type of way about Tiger Woods making up another racial category to avoid being black.


“Don’t call me black.”

Raven-Symone also made a lot of black people feel like she didn’t want to be part of the team when she told Oprah, “I want to be labeled a human who loves humans, [and] I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American; I’m not an African-American, I’m an American.

And even Oprah had to take a moment to readjust.

Kenya Moore

Kenya Moore is no stranger to the controversial side of any topic. But fans were still shocked when Kenya Moore got mad when she was handed a black baby during a parenting skills primer on Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Kenya said she’d rather have a white doll. Why was she more suited to a caucasian plastic baby? Kenya says it’s because she has “white genes” so her baby might have white features.



“White means pure”

The name of the Cameroonian’s singer skin whitening product Whitenicious is problematic enough. But watching Dencia defend her skin bleach to this anchor on BBC 4 is just frustrating.

D.L. Hughley

President Obama’s reactions to criticism are “closer to being a white kid.”

And his criticism of Obama’s “intellectual” response to his critics aren’t the most controversial statements that came out of D.L. Hughley’s book I Want You to Shut The F**k Up: How the Audacity of Dopes is Ruining America.

He also had a few choice words to say about black women:

“I’ve never met an angrier group of people. Like black women are angry just in general. Angry all the time.”

And even more to say about his defense of white racism:

“I have defended (actor) Michael Richards for the N-word. I defended (conservative radio talk show host) Rush Limbaugh. It is the idea that they have the right to say it.”

That’s a lot of shenanigans for just one book.

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