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India Arie: I Did Not Bleach My Skin

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Soul singer India Arie is firing back against allegations that she’s bleached her skin. The controversy erupted after Arie’s skin appeared brighter on the cover of her latest single, “Cocoa Butter.”

Arie isn’t the first artist to be accused of intentionally lightening their skin: Tempestt Bledsoe, Iman, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and the late Michael Jackson also dealt with similar rumors. Thankfully Arie, the songstress behind hits like “Brown Skin”, publicly addressed the nonsense online.

“Personally speaking! I’m happy to say I have NOT BLEACHED my skin LOL! ROTF at the thought,” she writes. “I wouldn’t endanger my health that way,” she continues, adding, “I’m so in love with myself I have no DESIRE to BLEACH myself.”

The Grammy Award-winner also explained what may have caused her skin to appear lighter in the artwork. “The GLOW you see IS (magnificent) lighting. THE LIGHT you see, well thats all ME!!”

Glad she cleared that up. Check out the artwork below.

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The Good, Bad And Ug… Less Flattering At The NAACP Image Awards

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This year, the NAACP Image Awards were held on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As we all know, Dr. King had a dream, and for many on the red carpet it was a dream come true. But unfortunately, there were some nightmares … fashion nightmares.

Here’s our list of then stars who were hot and those who left us bothered. First, let’s start with the hot…

Halle Berry – Getty Images

And it doesn’t get hotter than Halle Berry showing half her body. Ms. Berry slayed in this Reem Acra gown reminding then youngin’s that she’s still got it.

Storm Reid – Getty Images

And speaking of youngin’s A Wrinkle In Time star Storm Reid may be relatively new to the game, but she showed up on the carpet looking like a vet in this adorable Yanina number.

Yara Shahidi – Getty Images

Yara Shahidi also showed up serving #BlackGirlMagic in this beautiful Vera Wang dress.

Kerry Washington – Getty Images

And Kerry Washington killed it, also wearing black, in this Michael Kors stunner.

But as we know, with the good comes the bad, and the bad this time around came courtesy…

Danielle Brooks, we love our Orange Is The New Black boo, but this Michael Costello look just didn’t work for her.

Ava DuVernay – Getty Images

We also love Ava DuVernay, but unfortunately this Greta Constatine jumpsuit didn’t have us jumping for joy.

Lil Mama – Getty Images

Lil Mama left us wanting more in this navy blue feathery frock … actually it may be her hair that left us disappointed.

LeToya Luckett – Getty Images

And adding to our disappointment was Letoya Luckett wearing a purple gown that had scallops and bows and slits … oh my!

Do you agree with our hots and nots?

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