How a Beautiful Mulatto Broke Hearts By Using Colorism

Exploring a tragic use of language

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Who is Mulatto?

She is a homegrown Atlanta native who rose to fame after participating in The Rap Game(2016), a Lifetime reality TV show. Hosted by some big names like Jermaine Dupri and Queen Latifah, Mulatto received the best thing a young artist can — a golden opportunity. Ever since then, Stephens has put out music with some big names in the rap industry. In 2018, she worked with 2 Chainz, Future, Janelle Monáe, and Jacob Latimore. Her career is definitely on the upward moving track.

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The Incident

The incident unfolded on social media as Mulatto’s friend styled her hair. She appeared to be doing a great job of it, as the rap artist smiled for the camera. As the video began, you could see her sitting in the stylist’s chair. Many women can recall some joyful experiences while getting their hair done.

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Consider that while this Black woman attempted to enhance Mulatto’s beauty by fixing her hair, she diminished her beauty by comparing her to a monkey.

Where Do We Go From Here?

As of late, Mulatto has considered changing her name to something new. If she decided to make this change, it could lead to meaningful conversations bout colorism. In America, Black people face so much adversity and thus rely on unity to improve living conditions. We should address colorism instead of sweeping it under the rug. Mulatto said the intent of her name stemmed from her pride and desire to reclaim a racial epitaph. However, there is a thin line between being proud of your biracial heritage and trying to place distance between yourself and your Blackness.

References:

Donnella, L. (2016, August 25). All Mixed Up: What Do We Call People Of Multiple Backgrounds? Retrieved December 02, 2020, from https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/08/25/455470334/all-mixed-up-what-do-we-call-people-of-multiple-backgrounds

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