Mel B has revealed that her father would always wear her when she was a child because he was less likely to be attacked by racists if he had a baby in his arms.
The Spice Girl, 46, born to a white British mother and black father from the Caribbean island of Nevis, spoke about her experiences with racism on the first anniversary of George Floyd’s murder.
She spoke candidly in The Sun about her own experiences as a child and in the entertainment industry.
Shocking: Mel B revealed her mother would make her father wear it when she was a child because he was less likely to be attacked if he had a baby in his arms (pictured with his father, Martin Brown in 2001)
Mel revealed, “When I was a baby and my parents were in town, mom made my dad carry me because he was less likely to be attacked if he had a baby in his arms. “
“My earliest memories of school are coming home full blast with kids shouting ‘Redskin’ and ‘P * ki’ at me and my dad telling me I have to fight my own battles.
The star said that feeling like the weird continued into adulthood when, after joining the Spice Girls in the mid-90s, one of her most distinctive characteristics became a subject of debate. .
A stylist had asked if she could straighten her naturally curly hair and Mel refused.
Band members Geri Horner, Victoria Beckham, Mel C and Emma Bunton stood up for her and said they wanted to celebrate their differences.
Emotional: She spoke candidly in The Sun about her own experiences of racism as a child and in the entertainment industry
The Spice Girl was born to a white British mother and black father from the Caribbean island of Nevis (pictured in 2019 with her mother Andrea Brown)
However, the mother of three said she sees things changing for the better in the entertainment industry with more diversity on our TV screens.
Like Alison Hammond on daytime and Saturday night TV and Mo Gilligan on The Masked Singer panel.
As well as TV shows and documentaries focusing on the issue of race.
She said: “There is still a level of tokenism, but the entertainment industry in 2021 is very different from the one I grew up with – and different even from two years ago. ”
Shocking: The star said feeling like the weird continued into adulthood with the Spice Girls because of her distinctive hair (pictured in 1996 with Mel C, Victoria Beckham Emma Bunton and Geri Horner)
Last year the TV personality said OK! Magazine in an open letter: “Even when I was a world famous Spice Girl, playing a concert for Prince Charles and Nelson Mandela in South Africa, a salesman in a designer store asked me to go out.
Adding that she was humiliated – but not surprised – by the 1997 incident, she said: “The other girls were outraged and started yelling at the assistant. I was not shocked, I was embarrassed.
“I was angry and I was really sad that a lot of people after Mandela in South Africa were still racist. ”
Mel said: “Even when I was a world famous Spice Girl playing a concert for Prince Charles and Nelson Mandela in South Africa, a salesman at a designer store asked me to go out” (pictured in 1995 with Prince Harry and Prince Charles)
Mel said she felt “incredibly proud” to see the global protests in response to Floyd’s shocking murder last year.
George Floyd died on May 25 of last year after being arrested by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin for using a counterfeit bill. Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes, during which time Floyd passed out.
The tragedy sparked global protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Last month, Chauvin was convicted of unintentional second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter. He faces up to 40 years in prison.
RIP: George Floyd (pictured) died on May 25 of last year after being arrested by Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin for using a counterfeit bill. Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes, during which time Floyd lost consciousness