Kim and I are the same age; when I was a little girl, I also wanted to be white.And it wasn’t because I thought white people were “cool”.Kim Kardashian doesn't often dress up like another celebrity, preferring to let her own look grab the spotlight.

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When I was 16, a copy of Frantz Fanon’s 1952 classic Black Skin, White Masks was given to me by white schoolfriends amused by my new militant stance and whose motives, I suspect, were slightly tongue-in-cheek.

Those books did for me what no amount of reconstructive surgery could have done.

Dolezal may have permed her hair but she never changed her features or her skin tone, nor was she filled with tragic self-loathing. For now, let’s just accept all this without trying to blame anyone.

Unfortunately I understand all too well how Lil’ Kim (or Lil’ Vim, as someone I know unkindly dubbed her – referencing a brand of “extra-whitening” scouring powder) has ended up the way she has.

Now, we can blame “racist”, “sexist”, “heteronormative” society for this. We can blame the unrealistic photoshopped advertising images that saturate our screens and, by extension, psyches. If we were really struggling we could do our best to blame Kim Kardashian.

We can bleat about “intersectionality” and “patriarchy”. But just for a moment, let’s not blame anyone for the fact that Lil Kim has such a compromised self-image – and let’s not [equate Kim]( with Rachel Dolezal, the white NAACP leader who purported to be black, last year claiming a controversial “transracial” identity.

Last week, Wiz Khalifa shared the news that Lil Uzi has signed with Taylor Gang, a move that would put him alongside Juicy J, Ty Dolla Sign, Chevy Woods, and more. 30, DJ Drama clarified the rumors that the Philadelphia rapper is only signed to Generation Now, a label co-founded by Don Cannon and Leighton Morrison, and in conjunction with Atlantic Records. Until we get confirmation, we’ll just have to speculate what’s really going on with hip-hop’s hottest act.