Normani is letting it all out in the issue of Rolling Stone magazine!

 

 

 

Last year,  Normani’s fellow, Fifth Harmony band member, Camila Cabello, had a Tumblr video surface around social media.  The video contained racist slurs coming from Camila as well as the use of derogatory memes.  Now, in an email sent to Rolling Stone, Normani speaks out:

“I want to be very clear about what I’m going to say on this uncomfortable subject and figured it would be best to write out my thoughts to avoid being misconstrued, as I have been in the past. I struggled with talking about this because I didn’t want it to be a part of my narrative, but I am a black woman, who is a part of an entire generation that has a similar story.  It was devastating that this came from a place that was supposed to be a safe haven and a sisterhood, because I knew that if the tables were turned I would defend each of them in a single heartbeat. It took days for her to acknowledge what I was dealing with online and then years for her to take responsibility for the offensive tweets that recently resurfaced. Whether or not it was her intention, this made me feel like I was second to the relationship that she had with her fans.  I really hope that an important lesson was learned in this.  I hope there is genuine understanding about why this was absolutely unacceptable. I have spoken what is in my heart and pray this is transparent enough that I never have to speak on it again. To my brown men and women, we are like no other. Our power lies within our culture.”

 

 

 

Following her public Tmblr video, Camila sent out an apology across her social media:

 

When I was younger, I used language that I’m deeply ashamed of and will regret forever.  I was uneducated and ignorant and once I became aware of the history and the weight and the true meaning behind this horrible and hurtful language, I was deeply embarrassed I ever used it.  I apologized then and I apologize again now.  I would never intentionally hurt anyone and I regret it from the bottom of my heart.  As much as I wish I could, I can’t go back in time and change things I said in the past.  But once you know better, you do better and that’s all I can do.”

 

Normani along with Megan the Stallion and SZA are all part of the ‘Women Shaping the Future’ cover story for Rolling Stone magazine.

 

 

 

Read Normani’s full article for Rolling Stone here.

 

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