Azealia Banks is getting dragged on social media over her latest enterprise: selling homemade skin bleaching soaps. The singer reportedly posted information about the product on her Facebook page, writing the soap is “used for lightening complexion due to uneven tanning, scarring” and “adds health, radiance and suppleness.
Banks has admitted to bleaching her skin in the past, explaining on Twitter that career advancement played a part in the decision. “Depression. Watching white/lighter skinned women advance all while having worse music than mine is confusing,” she tweeted on April 25, 2016. “I’m tryna pass that paper bag test!!! N*ggas don’t hear you until you pass the paper bag test,” she added the following day.
As for her soap, this is the official description of the product which has since been deleted from her Facebook page:
The PINK Miss Amor Bubble Gum Beauty Bar for face – unscented 75g, used for lightening complexion due to uneven tanning, scarring, adds health , radiance and suppleness
-With collagen kojic acid and vitamin e
-Must be used with sunscreen
-Do not exfoliate with this soap. After washing / exfoliating prepare a small amount of lather in the palm of hand and massage it onto the effected area
-Let sit for 1-5minutes then rinse. Start with one minute then increase to 5. Follow up with SPF 30 or better during all hours of sunlight to protect from UVA rays . Avoid sun glare off of windows during the daytime while indoors as UVB rays may reverse progress as well. If lightening entire face be mindful to prepare a paste for the ears as well
If using near groin , buttocks or bikini line, be sure to utilize a thong to protect sensitive delicate areas
The product didn’t sit well with some folks on Black Twitter that blasted the singer over her latest enterprise.
How’s azealia banks dark skinned and selling skin bleach soap? It’s like being fat and selling work out vids.
— ㅤㅤ (@ebonymacarthy) February 7, 2017
— Jay Cee (@jOoLio_0811) February 7, 2017
speaking of azealia banks, apparently she’s selling homemade skin bleaching soap. another day another fuck-up from her dumb ass
— james isaac neutron (@jordan_mel23) February 5, 2017
Skin Bleaching/Whitening has been a hot topic in the Black community for years. What’s your take? Do you think Banks is wrong for hawking this product or completely inbounds?
Exclusive: Sorry, Folks, Diddy Did NOT Offer H&M Model A Contract
Last week rumors started circulating that Diddy had offered Liam Mango, the young model featured in the H&M ad a Sean John modeling contract. Unfortunately those reports, as sweet as they sound, aren’t true.
Diddy spoke to reporters backstage before a tapping of his new show The Four and clarified what really happened.
“I didn’t actually offer a modeling contract to him I told my people to reach out to him so we could use him in the next shoot that we do,” he explained. “But with that being said, I think that what we’re seeing is just a general insensitivity to how we feel you know. I think that H&M is going to feel the results of that.”
H&M has issued an official apology for featuring Mango on their website in a “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle” hoodie, saying in a statement : “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top. The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States. We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”
After photos of the young boy hit the web, folks started speaking out against the retailer calling them racist and insensitive. But one person not feeling that way was Mango’s mother. She posted her thoughts Facebook questioning what all the fuss is about. “I really don’t understand but not coz am choosing not to but because it’s not my way of thinking, sorry.”
She and the boys father Terry Odhiambo have since had a change of heart appearing on ITV on Monday, saying they don’t think that there’s ever an “overreaction when it comes to racism”.
They also said they’ve had to move from their home in Sweden, and haven’t been able to live a normal life since the controversy started.
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