Tinashe, in a recent interview with The Guardian, spoke candidly about race and identity in the context of pop culture and music.
Tinashe, who's bi-racial, said, "There’s colourism involved in the black community, which is very apparent. It’s about trying to find a balance where I’m a mixed woman, and sometimes I feel like I don’t fully fit into the black community; they don’t fully accept me, even though I see myself as a black woman. That disconnect is confusing sometimes. I am what I am.”
She also spoke about trying to find room in a space that has been dominated by artists like Beyonce and Rihanna for the past several years. "There are hundreds of [male] rappers that all look the same, that sound the same, but if you’re a black woman, you’re either Beyoncé or Rihanna. It’s very, very strange," Tinashe said.