Azealia Banks defends skin-bleaching, says it doesn't negate her past comments about 'Blackness in America'

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Rapper Azealia Banks admitted to lightening her skin and defended the process of skin-bleaching. The "212" MC, who was suspended from Twitter following her controversial remarks on race in May, took to a 21-minute Facebook livestream while riding her bike on Friday (July 1).

"I don't really think it's important to discuss the cultural significance of skin-bleaching anymore because I think that, just as African-American people, just as black people in this world, you assimilate, and there are things you accept, not just out of necessity but things become norm because they just happen all the time," she began. "I guess people see the skin-bleaching thing as something different but I see it as another ... assimilation thing. It's a continuation of the falsification of self that comes with being a black person in America."

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Banks continued, "My personal opinion about skin-lightening. I consider anything that has to do with removing layers of skin or pigment, I consider it all bleaching ... I say lightening." She explained how a bad diet and hormones could contribute to clogged pores and that getting a chemical peel to remove the dirt could make a person's skin appear lighter.

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 07: Rapper Azealia Banks performs during the 2014 LA Gay Pride Festival on June 7, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 25: Azealia Banks performs for fans during Splendour in the Grass on July 25, 2015 in Byron Bay, Australia. (Photo by Cassandra Hannagan/Getty Images)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 17: Rapper Azealia Banks performs onstage during day 1 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 2) at The Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2015 in Indio, California. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images for Coachella)
BERMUDA DUNES, CA - APRIL 10: Rapper Azealia Banks and singer Chris Brown attend the NYLON Midnight Garden Party at a private residence on April 10, 2015 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for NYLON)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Singer Azealia Banks attends the Nasty Gal Melrose Store Launch on November 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Nasty Gal)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Azealia Banks performs on stage at Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 5, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 25: Azealia Banks performs for fans during Splendour in the Grass on July 25, 2015 in Byron Bay, Australia. (Photo by Cassandra Hannagan/Getty Images)
American rapper Azealia Banks performs on the Pyramid Stage on the forth day of the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts near Glastonbury, southwest England on June 29, 2013. The sun was out for Britain's world-renowned Glastonbury festival, drying the mud underfoot as tens of thousands waited for the first ever performance here by the Rolling Stones. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW COWIE (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Azealia Banks performs on stage at Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 5, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
US-American rapper and singer Azealia Banks performs on stage during the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark on July 7, 2013. AFP PHOTO / SCANPIX DENMARK / KATRINE EMILIE ANDERSEN +++ DENMARK OUT (Photo credit should read KATRINE EMILIE ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Singer Azealia Banks attends the Ferragamo Celebrates The Launch Of L'Icona Highlighting The 35th Anniversary Of Vara at The McKittrick Hotel, Home of Sleep No More on April 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images for Ferragamo)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: Azealia Banks performs during 2013 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Musician Azealia Banks attends the 2013 NewNowNext Awards at The Fonda Theatre on April 13, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for LOGO)
MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 21: Azealia Banks and Solange Knowles attend the Just Cavalli Spring/Summer 2013 fashion show as part of Milan Womenswear Fashion Week on September 21, 2012 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
READING, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Azealia Banks performs live on the Dance Stage on Day Two during the Reading Festival 2012 at Richfield Avenue on August 25, 2012 in Reading, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Azealia Banks attends the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party at The Serpentine Gallery on June 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 14: Rapper/singer Azealia Banks performs onstage during day 2 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 14, 2012 in Indio, California. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images for Coachella)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 19: Azealia Banks attends the Topshop Unique show during London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 at the the Topshop Show Space on February 19, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
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The rapper also called the world of skin-bleaching a "dark world," describing the different "corrosive" ingredients that may be sold to average women to "sell a dream" versus wealthy ladies who can afford certain products. She noted, "It's a deeper conversation into a woman's right to choose."

Banks then asked her supporters. "To say that [skin-bleaching] negates what I've been saying about blackness in America is ignorant and just stupid," she said. She added. "Nobody was upset when I was [wearing] 30-inch weaves, tearing out my edges, and doing all types of shit like that," she said. "You guys loved it, but what is the difference?"

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Two weeks ago, Banks shared on Instagram that she was working on an article that would detail the difference between skin-bleaching, skin-lightening, skin-brightening and skin-whitening.

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