Stephanie Mills holds nothing back about the whitewashing of R&B and the Kardashians
'We don't have to look like the Kardashians. The Kardashians are trying to look like us'
Stephanie Mills didn’t hold back when sounding off about the whitewashing of R&B music and the appropriation of Black culture on TV One’s Sister Circle.
Asked about the “state of music right now,” Mills was frank and to the point: “I think they want R&B, but they don’t want it from us.”
“They want it from Adele and Justin Timberlake and those people; they don’t want it from us,” she continued, later adding that the industry doesnt’ “want to show the respect of where it comes from.”
She later added, “The hardest thing for an artist to realize is that you’re just a dollar to most people.”
The music legend also put on blast “fake” industry people who only stuck around artists who had hit records. She warned Black artists in particular not to get caught up in fame.
“These Black people out here that are these stars need to know that when you’re invited to people’s homes, you’re just entertainment,” she said.
“You’re never their friends. Let’s be clear.”
In the same interview, Mills blasted the current beauty standards, saying, “I don’t understand Black women that inject their bodies.”
“I don’t understand that. We’re beautiful,” she added. “And that’s really what I want to point out: that we are beautiful. We don’t have to look like the Kardashians. The Kardashians are trying to look like us.”