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Fantasia recently spoke with Vibe magazine, opening up on her alleged affair with Antwaun Cook, and her suicide attempt. Fantasia shares that she feels the media response has much to do with her skin tone, full lips, full nose, and short hair. In fact, the 26 year-old claims the media’s partial favor for “bright-skinned” Black women has largely placed a damper on her career.

Fantasia tells Vibe:

“They never put me in those magazines [featuring] the red carpet. Everybody there has long hair and everybody is bright-skinned, and I was like, ‘But wait a minute. They never gave me that.’ That bothered me,’ “And then I tried hard to find people to dress me and they still would not put me there [in those magazines].”

The Root recently published an article comparing the media’s response to Fantasia with its response to fellow singer Alicia Keys, Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, and pop singer Britney Spears. Keys, like Jolie and Spears, was in a similar situation—dating a still married man. Mashonda, Swizz Beatz’ then wife, publicly slammed Alicia Keys via Twitter alleging she ruined her happy home.

But The Root claims the media response to Keys’ scandal wasn’t the same as Fantasia’s. The article poses the question, “Is it that Keys is too pretty to be pummeled?”

Lest we forget, despite Keys’ looks and “bright-skin,” how the singer handled the controversy: it was as if it never happened. Keys didn’t skip a beat, the popular artist released her fourth studio album “The Elements of Freedom,” and married Swizz Beatz in a private ceremony. The couple is expecting their first child.

Necole Bitchie points out the differences in the two situations, suggesting Cook’s wife publicly named Fantasia as a mistress and home wrecker during the couple’s divorce proceedings. The “Idol” champion was also allegedly involved in an unreleased sex tape. This presents a large contrast in Fantasia and Alicia Keys’ stories.

Furthermore, it’s important to distinguish mainstream media from Web media. Alicia Keys has had her share of online abomination. Mainstream outlets, however, have barely made a mention of the intricacies of Keys’ marriage with the popular hip hop producer.

Fantasia shares more thoughts on the media response to her alleged affair and suicide attempt:

“I was on Nancy Grace, CNN, every gospel station and in every magazine and every newspaper.” Fantasia continues, “It was on. You would have thought I was the President or something.”

You be the judge? Does Fantasia’s dark skin play a role in the media response to her troubles? Sound off!

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  • I don’t understand how and why Alicia Key’s actions are being justified because she didn’t speak. Just because she kept her mouth shut doesn’t mean she get a pass for being humble or/and smart about it. You would think they both would get the same slack because they both slept with married men. I can’t understand why that alone isn’t enough for them to be wrong. It’s so obvious that A.K gets a pass from her fans and the media. Lucky for her she has a history of women empowering music and a humanitarian award, people are so quick to say, “you don’t know the whole story”. lol Actually we all know the whole story thanks to the ex-wife Mashonda who is so adamant on telling her side. Whos to say Fantasia is more wrong then Alicia, because they place two different roles in R&B. I think it’s so obvious that its disgusting there should be no question about it. Their both 100% wrong PERIOD.

  • Netta

    Amen and let the choir sing! (or in this case let Tasia “sang” LOL.

  • Monique Johnson

    I am a lighter complected black woman and I definitely agree with Fantasia. One of my closest friends is close to Fantasia’s complexion and she definitely gets treated different than myself. I don’t think it’s right but it is the way of the world unfortunately. I think any complexion of black is beautiful and maybe one day this won’t be a issue for anyone that happens to have more pigment in their skin. Fantasia you are beautiful keep your head up and keep singing :).

    • Ciderkiss

      Thank you for your honesty Monique. To hear that from another black woman is so refreshing. Once we admit to this we can actually start to change things.

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