*Reggae artist Vybz Kartel has followed the lead of former baseball star Sammy Sosa and lightened his skin. He says if white people can darken their skin (tan), then black people should be able to lighten their.

“This is my new image,” Kartel said in the interview. “You can expect the unexpected. I feel comfortable with black people lightening their skin. They want a different look. It’s tantamount to white people getting a sun tan.”

The reggae toaster is endorsing his own brand of cake soap and claims that it lightens his skin. But dance hall artist Bounty Killer countered by saying that his mother has used cake soap and it hasn’t bleached her skin. Bounty Killer believes that Kartel is using something else to lighten his skin.

Naturally, the issue of lightening one’s skin turns the conversation to self-hatred, something that blacks have been dealing with since slavery. But that’s a whole other conversation for another time, unless, of course, you want to discuss here in the feedback section below. Please feel free to do so.