Normani sat down in an interview with Billboard, where she discussed her experience of dealing with racism being the only Black girl in the world-famous girl group, Fifth Harmony.
Normani revealed that she would cry during sessions sometimes and recalls that recording the band's single “No Way” as particularly painful as she was the only member relegated to singing background vocals.
“So many sessions, I would cry like I’ve never cried before,” she said.
“It was a subconscious thing. You think, ‘Why am I the least-followed in the group?’ Even if you don’t recognize that you’re paying close attention to it, it takes a toll on your confidence. You worry — is it me? Is it because I’m black? Or am I just not talented?
“They tried to be there for me as best as they could. But I don’t think they had the tools that they needed, because it’s not their experience. I can give them credit for trying to be there for me, but at the same time…The girls don’t experience things the way I did.”
Normani is now enjoying a successful solo career where she is adored by millions in her own right. She is also busy working on her debut solo album:
“There’s a responsibility I have as a black woman — one of the very few to have the power to kill it. Even in the mainstream, there’s not many of us. Especially chocolate girls. Like, being African-American is one thing, but girls [with] my complexion. It’s unheard of. It’s me, and SZA. Who else?”