Singer Jamelia has spoken out against what she views as racist and classist newspaper coverage.
On December 16 Jamelia, whose hits include “Thank You” and “Beware of the Dog”, published a blog on her website rebuking newspaper coverage that had been published over the weekend. The articles linked Jamelia to the arrest of her step brother on drugs charges. She described them as “being flung out by every national newspaper in the country, linking me to a 2015 ‘gangland’ killing”.
The next time you want to write stories like this, may I suggest Paul Edmunds as a replacement for my… https://t.co/jtCCxsS3K9
My mother had a relationship (never married) with the offender’s father when I was 2 years old - I’ll be 38 in January.
I have never dismissed or denied my connections, but I find the fact that I am always used as the peg or promotional tool for these stories to be both damaging and careless.
I have played no part in [these crimes] whatsoever, other than to have been the “stepdaughter” (and that is in the loosest of terms) of someone for 2 years of my life, almost 35 years ago, and who I have not laid eyes on for decades, gets me on the digital front page, and prominent coverage in national papers. I am not a criminal
Jamelia then went on to describe the impact that this type of press has on her daughters, her mental health, her relationships and her personal finances.
Following the publishing of the blog, Jamelia was interviewed by Cathy Newman for Channel 4 News. In the interview she described that this type of press, which sensationally links her to crime, has been going on for her entire career.
"If you don't have diversity in newsrooms then we don't stand a chance."
Powerful stuff from @Jamelia, on racism… https://t.co/nEBb6LYAjG