She talked a bit about how difficult it was for her to take the step to go to Korea and join Rania, but similar to Negro Terror, she talked about how she hoped that her actions could serve as a role model for others to follow their dreams.  The single was ultimately released on March 19, 2018. Alex now currently is a part of the South Korean girl group RANIA, making her the first African-American member in a K-pop group. I plan to release the album and book together because they give context to one another, and the emotional place I was in while creating the music.”. Beauty standards favor the pale and the pretty. She competed alongside her partner, Bjorn Leum, as the Green Team. She added that studying Korean is one thing all aspiring non-East Asians should look into before venturing into a career in Korea as it will help with the transitioning much faster than she had.  The music video was re-released on November 11, 2015, featuring numerous shots of Reid filtered in grayscale. Once she zoned in on what she wanted to do she went all in, but it came at a price. She believes that many of these incidents stem from the fact that South Korea is such a racially homogenous country. Alex believed the Green-Yellow-Brown alliance was meant to win until Vanetta gave the power back to the Orange Team. “I definitely think the world of Korean entertainment is warming up to the idea of opening doors for more racially diverse talents. “I knew that I was being misunderstood and even misjudged a lot of times, and it was a struggle feeling like I was powerless to change that. “The physical toll was very taxing, but the mental aspect was the most difficult part of becoming a K-pop star for me.”, A post shared by Fairygodmotha Reid ♀️ (@thealexreid) on Jan 5, 2017 at 7:07am PST, Being in the public eye as an idol meant that Alex had to sacrifice much more than just privacy and leisure time, “A lot of respect you become accustomed to as a human gets at the very least overstepped and at times completely trampled over when you’re an idol. It’s against the social norm for girls to go out not wearing makeup. Following a hiatus spanning a year, Reid released a stand-alone single, "Want Me Some U", on February 14, 2014.. Her drive and passion led her to the series of events that she describes to be one of the best experiences in her life and for those who want to follow in her footsteps, she had a few words of advice: “My advice for all aspiring idols is to treat your life as if you are a trainee. © 2020 Audiovisual Cultures. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Subscribe, Join the conversation Share your thoughts, Enter Email Address Search With regards to being in a predominantly racially homogeneous environment, Alex said the hospitality of Koreans was second to none. Especially in Korea, in such a homogeneous country, where beauty standards are so fixed and rigid. RaNia's latest recruit is creating waves for being the first African-American member in a K-pop group. “I Music Core. In 2016, DR Music launched a fundraiser in order to fund the debut of the sub-unit Hex—composed of Reid and the youngest member Hyeme—as well as Rania's then-upcoming fourth extended play, which was planned for an August 2016 release. With her influence, she has shown younger fans and industry professionals that the world of K-pop needs diverse faces. 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Face2Face Africa is black owned and operated. “I had been a longtime fan of K-pop but didn’t pursue a career in it because I didn’t see any idols who looked like me, so it seemed like an impossible dream.”, now this is what i call an action shot hehe ♀️, A post shared by Fairygodmotha Reid ♀️ (@thealexreid) on Jun 28, 2019 at 10:27am PDT. ", "This place is a miracle; I love the rain!
Pretty much a big deal. Ever since joining BP RaNia in 2015 and becoming the first ever African-American K-pop group member, Reid has faced her share of scrutiny from both supporters and detractors chiefly due to her non-Korean background. For the members of the band, it was a way to tackle and confront racism through music by breaking out of the traditional stereotypes placed on black people. ", "frösty lechuza on Twitter "I CAN'T BELIEVE I GUESSED @thealexreid FAVORITE GENERE OF MUSIC!!! Alex is currently pursuing a career in music.  The song was performed live for the first time in conjunction with a rendition of "Do It Like a Dude" by Jessie J at the Kwanzaa Fest 2011 event held in Dallas, Texas. She initially could not appear in the music video due to visa issues, but she eventually got into South Korea and now is a full member of the group.