Tyla Shuts Down Confusion About Her Race

Tyla, a South African musician, was forced to face the coloured vs black subject again during an unpleasant time during her interview with The Breakfast Club. The actress issued a statement clarifying her race.

Tyla, a Grammy Award winner, recently made headlines for refusing to discuss her race during an interview, sparking social media trends. During her appearance on The Breakfast Club, the singer faced criticism for failing to embrace her identity as a black woman.

According to The Shaderoom, the Water hitmaker has released a statement explaining her heritage. The 22-year-old Johannesburg singer identifies as colored in South Africa and a black woman elsewhere. Part of her statement reads:

“In Southa, I would be classified as a Coloured woman, and in other places, I would be classified as a black woman. Race is classified differently in different parts of the world.””I don’t expect to be identified as Coloured outside of Southa by anyone not comfortable doing so because I understand the weight of that word outside of SA, But to close this conversation, I’m both Coloured in South Africa and a black woman.”


The singer’s fans rallied behind her. Many said people need to educate themselves about the world’s different cultures.

@mbaureloaded said:

“Americans are obsessed with people’s skin, I swear, Yoh! That’s all they discuss: people’s skin.”

@reexo__ wrote:

“Americans and thinking being black belongs to them “

tebogoramokgadi added:

“Slow news day. The girl does mention who she is, including being BLACK. she’s also proudly South African, unlike many who are not proud of who they are and where they come from!”

tyramonae_ wrote:

“She identified as a pretty girl from Joburg plsss leave her alone.”

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