Leigh-Anne Pinnock is speaking out.
The 28-year-old singer and Little Mix member posted an emotional video message on Friday (June 5).
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“There comes a point in every Black human’s life…you realize racism does not exclude you. Nine years ago, after joining Little Mix, I had the biggest awakening of my life> When we were filming ‘Wings,’ we worked with Frank Gatson. He said to me ‘you are the Black girl, you have to work ten times harder.’ Never in my life had someone told me I would need to work harder because of my race,” she said.
“My reality was feeling lonely while touring predominantly white countries. I sang to fans who don’t see me or hear me or cheer me on,” she went on to say, beginning to cry.
“My reality is feeling anxious before fan events and signings because I always feel like I’m the least favored. My reality is constantly feeling like I have to work ten times harder and longer to make my case in the group, because my talent alone isn’t enough.”
“My reality is all the times I felt invisible within my group. Part of me is fully aware that my experience would have been ever harder to deal with had I been dark-skinned. Our reality is no matter how far you think you’ve come, racism exists,” she continued.
“So let’s all continue to speak up on racism and keep this movement going. Thank you.”
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