Little Mix has had a profound impact on my life. Their music has been part of the soundtrack on my life. I am that person that watches all of the Little Mix videos, their YouTube channel, and reads their interviews.
Because I think that these girls are inspiring, and each for different reasons.
Leigh-Anne Pinnock is one of the members of Little Mix, and she inspires me for many reasons. Her style, her loyalty, her commitment to changing the world, her work ethic, her business sense, and so much more.
Leigh-Anne posted an emotional video about racism and her thoughts about what is going on in the world right now.
“More than ever I felt like it was time that I was completely open and honest with you all because finally, the world is awake and people want to listen, help and understand,” Pinnock wrote on the five minute video, “I’m doing it because enough is enough and hopefully from sharing this we can all do more to understand the racism that takes place.”
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Like many of you, I have been feeling really heavy with everything that we are seeing online and hearing on the news. In the past I have mentioned some personal experiences that were triggered due to my race. More than ever I felt like it was time that I was completely open and honest with you all because finally, the world is awake and people want to listen, help and understand. I’m not doing this video for sympathy or for you to watch and then go about normal life. I’m doing it because enough is enough and hopefully from sharing this we can all do more to understand the racism that takes place. In doing this we are able to approach the bigger issue and break down systemic racism. All we want is equality and justice for our black community. 🖤
“My reality is constantly feeling like I have to work 10 times harder and longer to mark my place in the group because my talent alone isn’t enough,” she says. “My reality is wanting to see other artists who I know are so talented but will never get opportunities I have had because to the industry, they are not marketable, but they will get behind someone else with the aspects of Black culture the world wants to see, but will leave behind the aspects they feel make them unmarketable. My reality is all the times I’ve felt invisible within my group, part of me is fully aware that my experience would’ve been even harder to cope with had I been dark-skinned.”
“Our reality is no matter how far you think you’ve come, racism exists,” she says in the video. “It exists in sports, in the creative industries, in politics and policies, in the streets, and in the hearts of racist individuals. We are no longer in a position where we need to be quiet on this matter.”
It’s a video that I believe everyone should watch. Her heartfelt and important video will make you think. Thank you for sharing your words Leigh-Anne.
“So let’s all continue to speak up on racism and keep this movement going.” she concluded the video.