Vivica A. Fox was the latest celebrity to chime in on the DaniLeigh’s latest scandal, and she wasn’t afraid to hold back.
Fox and her fellow co-hosts on “Cocktails With Queens” tackled the topic on Jan. 26 and tried to determine whether DaniLeigh’s song “Yellowbone” was promoting colorism. However, Fox had her theory about the genesis of the song, and she didn’t think it had anything to do with skin tone.
The actress maintained that the song was all a ruse to get back at MeMe, the brown-skinned, ex-girlfriend of DaniLeigh’s boyfriend rapper DaBaby. DaniLeigh and MeMe have had a bitter back and forth on social media ever since DaniLeigh and the DaBaby started hinting at their status as an official couple.
“I think she totally blew it,” Fox said. “I’m gonna keep that 100 percent real, being a person that like, dated a rapper back in the day. She did that to get back at that baby mama and to throw that in her face and it absolutely backfired on her. … And then to say ‘I dated a whole Black man’ this and the third. Young lady, be careful.”
“‘Cause Imma tell you something: If he go back to that baby mama and then he gon’ write a song about you,” she continued. “His artist gon’ write a song about you. His baby mama gon’ write a song about you. Everybody’s gon’ be writing a song about you. Be careful. It was not the place for you to go with that whole colorism. … When you get on them rappers’ bad sides, baby, when I’m tellin’ you — you know I know. Imma keep it real.”
She added, “Imma tell you, she did that to [say], ‘I got him, I won,’ and that’s for now.”
Even so, co-host LisaRaye saw nothing wrong with what she simply viewed as a young woman singing about how much she loved her skin.
“I think that India Arie, ‘brown skin, you know I love your brown skin,'” LisaRaye said. “I’ve heard women and men talk about what they have because, I guess — and Syleena [Johnson] you can attest to this — you guys start inward with what you all sing about. Meaning, what your experience is and what you have gone through or whatever.
“So, for her to celebrate her skin, I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with that. I just think that it’s because it’s Black Lives Matter, is it that Black Lives Matter because we talkin’ about dark-skin Black Lives Matter or light-skin and cappuccino and [caramel] and espresso and all of that matters?”
DaniLeigh faced backlash after she posted a preview of the song on social media on Jan. 21, and the singer ended up deactivating and reactivating her Twitter account in the fallout.
She eventually posted a now-deleted video apology to her Instagram in which she attempted to explain her actions.
“I think people twisted it into thinking, like, I’m trying to bash another woman, another skin tone, that was never my intention. I wasn’t brought up like that, I never looked at my skin as a privilege. I never looked at me as ‘I’m better than somebody because of my skin tone,'” she said.
“I see brown-skin women flaunt their skin all the time in music, why can’t I talk about mine?”