Kelis Shows Off New Haircut In Honor Of Black Empowerment
Now, she is showing her solidarity with the black community through her latest hairstyle.
Kelis posted a picture to her Instagram showing off her haircut, she had her hair bleached blonde with a small part of her hair being cut out in the shape of a fist. The fist was then colored in red, black, and green. This color combination is known to be the symbol of black power and represents the struggles that African Americans endured in America. Kelis along with the picture wrote the caption,
“RED FOR MY PEOPLES BLOOD THAT WAS SPILLED . BLACK WE ARE THE PEOPLE . GREEN FOR THE LAND THAT IS OURS. I MY PEOPLE”
On June 2, the singer took to Instagram to share an action plan of ways that music labels should pay back black artists. Kelis suggested four key points and wrote:
“…Labels and platforms can start with amending contracts, distributing royalties, diversifying boardrooms, and retroactively paying back all they black artists, and their families, they have built their empires on.”
In addition to calling out top music industry executives on supporting black artists more, the singer slammed super-producer Pharrell. She wrote,
“Thief, like the big labels, worse in fact. Black in black crimes.”
As reported earlier this year, Kelis opened up on how she was allegedly “blatantly lied to and tricked,” by Pharrell into signing a contract that prevented her from making money from the sales. She said of Pharrell and his the Neptunes co-artist Chad Hugo:
“Their argument is: ‘Well, you signed it.’ I’m like: ‘Yeah, I signed what I was told, and I was too young and too stupid to double-check it.’”
“And he did that thing to me that he’s notorious for, which is making a nod from the stage [to someone in the audience], so it seems like there’s mutual respect, when in reality. I’m like, OK, I’m not going to yell back: ‘You stole all my publishing!’ So you end up nodding back and everyone thinks everything’s great. Like, whatever.”
The Neptunes fully produced both of her first two albums: 1999’s Kaleidoscope and 2001’s Wanderland. Kaleidoscope peaked at number 144 on the Billboard 200, and has sold nearly 250,000 copies in the United States.
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