Rapper Azealia Banks admitted to lightening her skin and defended the process of skin-bleaching. The "212" MC, who was suspended from Twitter following her controversial remarks on race in May, took to a 21-minute Facebook livestream while riding her bike on Friday (July 1).
"I don't really think it's important to discuss the cultural significance of skin bleaching anymore because I think that, just as African-American people, just as black people in this world, you assimilate, and there are things you accept, not just out of necessity but things become norm because they just happen all the time," she began. "I guess people see the skin-bleaching thing as something different but I see it as another ... assimilation thing. It's a continuation of the falsification of self that comes with being a black person in America."