Recently, resurfaced clips from VH1’s 2017 show “Signed” were floating around on Twitter and the topic of colorism came up.
In the clip, Just Brittany and Kaiya both took turns singing the same song. But, the judges, including Rick Ross and The Dream, felt Brittany’s verse was better and gave Kaiya criticism.
Many disagreed and expressed they believed this was because of colorism and that sparked a conversation.
Fast forward to today, Just Brittany spoke about it and recognizes colorism does exist.
Posting to IG, Just Brittany stated,
That’s me in the orange hair!
I’m happy this video is making its rounds and I want to say that colorism definitely plays a role in lighter skinned women, like myself, having more access in the industry. Kaiya is extremely talented and I wish darker women were seen more…”
As previously reported, Kaiya spoke exclusively to The Shade Room and stated, “The resurfacing of the video is so surreal. I’m humbled that a lot of people have come out in support of my journey. Colorism is a topic that needs to be discussed wholly and not summed up in one response, but it’s very disheartening to know so many go through this male or female.” She continued saying, “To pin Black women and men against one another, or make it where some are seen superior is sad. As the years go on, I hope it’s being addressed and rectified in the future.”
Kaiya gave more insight into her experience following the show, and the relationships she developed with the other contestants. She told TSR the experience was “Very positive. I’ve met some really talented people, we have developed friendships, and keep in touch. The guidance and critiques I’ve received on my overall performance have been invaluable.”
As for new music, Kaiya stated, “I’ve never stopped performing. I’m currently writing original songs. I’m also reaching out to other songwriters and producers. I’m perfecting my sound every day. I’m achieving this by taking personal experiences, over the years, and putting them to music.” She is currently in the process of putting out new videos.