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KeKe Wyatt recently sat down with HelloBeautiful to discuss her album and to clear the air regarding an interview she did with Essence magazine.

The singer says that she was misquoted in the article, says the Essence writer/interviewer misconstrued her “off-the-record” comments about her white mother’s use of the N-word.

The actual quote from the article reads as follows:

“I hate how everyone thinks that Black people are beneath them, even Asians, Whites and … Mexicans. No, I’m not all Black, but I definitely stand up for the Black people. They’ve had it rough, they can’t help the fact that they’re skin is dark, or that their nose is a lil’ wider or that the curls in their hair might be tighter. I don’t think that it’s fair for people who look like me-the light skin, pointy nose and pretty hair-to think that dark-complected people are any less than them. Who am I? I’m not better than you. I breathe the same air and I bleed the same blood. Nobody is better than anybody else. We are all in this struggle called life. I think brown skin is beautiful because people like me have to lay out in the sun to try and look like you. My best friends are Black-I mean, Black-Black-and I think that’s so beautiful. I think that’s why I decided to make my children Black…I could have married a White dude and my kids probably would have looked completely White. That’s not what I wanted. Now, they can go outside and get a for-real tan (laughs). I think Black is beautiful. I stand for the African-American people until the day I die.”

Watch the interview here:

Want to find out about Keke’s domestic abuse? What led to the now infamous stabbing? Click here.

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