Should Folks Lighten Up About India Arie’s Cocoa Butter?
I’m a fan of India Arie’s music and her songs are all in my iPod. I own her first 3 CDs and I couldn’t tell you a favorite song if you begged me. SO MANY! But y’all know I love overly sappy and uplifting music. I’m a jerk with a heart like that. Yes, she sings music that makes me think of slavery sometimes but I like her.
Anyway, for the past couple of weeks, people have been all up in arms about India Arie and it’s because of her new single “Cocoa Butter.” Folks saw the cover of the single and they’re startled by the different India we’re all seeing.
I admit that when I first saw this, I was all “HARPO, WHO DIS WOMAN?!?” Not only is she lighter, but she’s rocking a short dress and staring at us like she’s gonna send this picture into America’s Next Top Model Season 108. She’s outchea tryna give us fierce, as opposed to the Mother Earth we’re used to, looking to the sun for life’s answers.
In ALL her years in music, I ain’t never seen India Arie’s knees. She’s always in linen or hemp sheets she wrapped into a dress and they flow behind her as she walks barefoot on a beach. They come all the way down to her ankles and all’at. This new new they’re trying got me shook. India’s rocking a short dress with pockets and dramatic shoulders and Christian Louboutins! Chile… ALL THEM CHANGES AT THE SAME TAHM!
That’s the part that has me like “Oh girl, nawl.” But everyone is currently concerned with if she bleached her skin, and I think they should lighten up. I wasn’t perplexed by that because I thought the answer was obvious.
Yes, she does look much lighter on the cover than we’re used to but I never thought she bleached her skin. This is the same woman whose whole career has been based on preaching the good word about being proud of her brown skin. SHE HAS A SONG CALLED “BROWN SKIN!”
In fact, India’s entire fan base are women who are probably on Team Natural and love to talk about how they dig the skin they’re in. To lighten her skin permanently would be true career suicide because who gon check for her then?
Why did people think she bleached her skin when they know damb well we live in the Instagram world? Y’all know she hit this with a “RISE” filter and kept it moving. Some of your selfies (and mine) make me look 4 shades lighter because of filters. STAWP IT.
India finally spoke out about this and she re-confirmed that she did not bleach her skin and it was just lighting. According to Necole Bitche’s site, she said “1. I wouldn’t endanger my health that way 2. I’m so in love with myself I have no DESIRE to BLEACH myself. Lol 3. The GLOW you see IS (magnificent) lighting 4. THE LIGHT you see, well that’s all ME!”
Aight cool. Can we end that discussion and talk about her new song “Cocoa Butter?” Yes, let’s.
Ok. So like I said earlier, I am a fan. But I am not blindly loyal and this is one of those times I wanna call Ms. Arie to the carpet to explain herself. I understand she isn’t known for the depth of her metaphors but she’s comparing love to cocoa butter.
Your love is like cocoa butter on my heart
Your touch is like cocoa butter on my heart
Your kiss is like cocoa butter on my heart
Oh, boy, you are like cocoa butter on my heart
I show you my burns, you show me lessons learned
I show you my scars, you show me works of art
I show you a blemish, you show me that God’s not finished
With every imperfection you showed me your blessing
So love is like a creamy butter that moisturizes your situation and keeps the ash away, especially in these cold winters? And it also helps the scar from burns go away quicker. Got it. Duly noted, India. Also, NAWL.
Is shea butter somewhere offended by this? Shea’s like “why wasn’t I the butter of choice?” Is olive oil butthurt? What about Neosporin?
Times like this is when it’s hard to e’em give India Arie props. And then she puts it with a cover that makes her look much different from what we’re used to.
But as far as the skin lightening issues, folks should chill on that. India said she didn’t lighten it and I believe her. You know filters and lightening do the most with the least. She shoulda told her team to chill on that though because the final product is the same effect. And this new look too. It’s a WOMP instead of a win.
So whatcha’ll think about the song and this new look of hers?