Willow Smith saw great success following the release of her hit single, “Whip My Hair.” in 2010, but the journey wasn’t easy for the young artist when she was trying to break into Rock music.

During a new interview with Glamour UK, the 21-year-old spoke candidly about her struggles with racism during her short-lived Rock ‘n’ Roll takeover, telling readers she used to fear for her mother Jada’s safety at one point in her career.

“Oh, my goodness. She was getting death threats. It was a crazy amount of stuff going on. I remember being like, ‘Yo! People are really upset about this, they’re mad that a Black woman wants to do Metal and is in the space. Like that was activism.

“When I wanted to do a Rock album, there were a lot of executives that were like, ‘Hmm…’ If I had been white, it would’ve been completely fine; but because I’m Black it’s, ‘Well… maybe let’s just not’ – and making it harder than it needs to be… I go through that, every single other Black artist is getting the pushback [too].”

Elsewhere, during the interview, Willow Smith revealed she went for R&B because she was trained in that genre. She noted that she always had a huge affinity for Rock music. Keep reading Thirsty for more.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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