“I had a dream, that one day, black women would start supporting each other rather than bashing each other…. I am dripping melanin with honey, I’m black without apology.”– Spice in her new video “Black Hypocrisy”.
Spice, formerly known as Grace Hamilton, has made a name for herself as a dancehall artiste, social media personality, entrepreneur, and American reality TV star. She has worked tirelessly in a male-dominated dancehall industry and it has been evident in her creativity and talent in music. She was also the first female Jamaican dancehall artiste to have eighty million views on her video “So You Like It”, but she has been off the scene for a while until her recent shocking ‘transformation’ post on her Instagram page which caused many to go into a frenzy.
“As a black woman, it’s always another black woman that is saying she black till she dirty she black till she dirty. It’s colorism. I’ve never gotten it from a Caucasian or another race. That’s why I call it black hypocrisy. Some black people are hypocrites.” – Spice in an interview.
Spice’s vision has brought us to her latest track “Black Hypocrisy“ on the project mixtape entitled Captured which is available on all music purchasing platforms. Everyone is used to her raunchy and dancehall anthems, now the song is on a switched-up reggae rhythm; she went on her Instagram Live to do a live performance of ten songs from her mixtape. Captured has twenty songs and she has singlehandedly produced and directed the mixtape by herself without a manager or record company.
Why the change? Why has Spice decided to go rogue then come back as what some have described as bleached, crazy, and unrecognizable? Recently, she spoke with Billboard Magazine writer Pat Meschino about her new complexion and music project. She reveals on her Instagram live story that she has been discriminated against too many times by her own race, and enough is enough.
“It is basically as a black woman I’m mostly called black by my own race, and I try to please them, and I want to see what they say now that I changed my complexion; this is what you want this is what I’m giving you.” – Spice in an interview.
“Grace Hamilton is a very sensible businesswoman and a creative artist. She understands the power of presentation and bringing life to her art. This is going to stir up a very important conversation that needs to be had and hopefully allows Jamaicans to look at our legacy of colorism.”@themoniqueallen.
She deleted all previous posts and debuted a picture rocking noticeably lighter skin, a blonde wig, and colored contacts, captioning the picture ‘Nothing wrong with a fresh start’. She believes it’s an impediment in her career and she has been held back because of my [sic] skin color.
“I deleted the pictures because of the new project I’m working on called Captured. I never wanted a distraction.” – Spice in an interview.
“A dem seh mi too black so they might prefer me this way now… They can’t confuse me, make up your mind, you can’t bash me when me bleach because you don’t like me black.” – Spice in an interview.
It is not clear if she has bleached or used makeup; only time will tell. However, it is evident that she strives to promote her message of colorism and its repercussions now more than ever. Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel is known for his skin bleaching and even Lisa Hype has also promoted the lightening of the skin. However, artists like Movado has fought against the practice and has promoted that dark skin is beautiful; regardless, colorism still exists in the black community and Spice has decided to stand against it.
“Colorism is a global issue. It is not just Jamaica. I am really happy that Spice is putting some light on the situation and the hypocrisy in the black community. You cannot exalt light skin and expect dark skin women to have high self-esteem and shame them if they bleach. Black people are psychologically obsessed with proximity to whiteness and its time we talk about the madness.” – @islandnaturals.
Lyrics from the song “Black Hypocrisy” include:
“I was told I would reach further if the color of my skin was lighter,
I was made to feel inferior cuz society said brown girls are prettier
Mi love the way mi look mi love mi pretty black skin
Respect due to mi strong melanin
Proud of mi color, love the skin that I’m in
Bun racism and colorism
I get hate from my own race, yes that’s a fact
Because the same black people say I’m too black
And if you bleach out your skin dem same one come a chat.
Since you say I’m too black for you,
I please you,
Do I look how you want me to?
Now I’m going to see if you say I’m too brown for you
Or do I look pretty to you?”
Despite the new change, Spice nonetheless loves the color of her dark skin, but she is using herself as a medium to open the eyes of the public and how colorism affects a person’s self-esteem and pressures them into skin bleaching.
“Not everyone is bold or have the courage to do what I am doing. I am using myself as the tool to show this is what could happen if you continue discriminating and making a black person feel inferior.” – Spice in an interview.
Spice released the video to Black Hypocrisy on October 23, 2018, and already is trending #1 on Youtube, and her message is in the mouths of television personalities and social media influencers alike and peppering many news platforms. Also, the song has topped the UK and US Reggae charts after just 36 hours of being released.
By Alexandra Daley