Mariah Carey shares the struggle of being woman of color in a male dominated industry

Ellen James|January 13, 2021

'When people years from now tell my story they're gonna have to use that book as a template,' says Mariah

Mariah Carey shares the struggle of being a 'woman of color' in a 'male dominated industry'

Mariah Carey wants to give nobody the right to tell her story, except herself.

Talking to Questlove (né Ahmir Thompson) in his podcast Questlove Supreme, Mariah revealed her story of being subject to racial injustices.

"When people years from now tell my story — hopefully that happens — they're gonna have to use that book as a template," Carey told Questlove.

She continued, "I know some people, Ahmir, like to have everybody else's input and their perspective. But what I wanted was to tell my actual story, which doesn't begin with, 'Mariah Carey put out Vision of Love in 1990.' No, it doesn't begin with that. It begins [with me] coloring in the 'wrong' crayon with a brown crayon for my father, so they all freak out at me."

Giving a glimpse into her memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, the 50-year-old five-time Grammy winner shared she was subject to racial injustices back when she was young.

"It begins with, 'I don't understand my hair because I'm [half-black],'" recalled the star. "It begins with all these identity issues, these issues of race, these struggles. Then it goes to the issues of control."

The music industry too was unjust to her because "there's a thing where there's a constant theme [with] being a woman in a male-dominated industry. Then [I was] a woman of color with all this ambiguity and [had] people deciding how they're going to market me [at the time]."

Part of the episode is set to release on Wednesday while the other half will release on Friday.

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