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    Willow Smith Just Got Really Real About Being A Black Emo Fan, And We Need To Talk About It

    "It's a real thing, you're not alone."

    In case you missed it, Willow Smith is a pop-punk icon now.

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    You have to listen to her song "Transparent Soul," featuring Blink-182's Travis Barker, right now if you haven't yet.

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    The song rips!

    Willow Smith performs at The Novo by Microsoft on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles City
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    Turns out, Willow Smith has always loved pop-punk and emo — and has even been bullied because of it.

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    In a new digital cover story with V Magazine, Smith described the experience of being a Black rock fan and musician.

    "Being a Black woman in the metal crowd is very, very different on top of the pressures that the music industry puts on you," she began.

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    "Now, it's like an added pressure of the metal culture, the metal world, and just rock in general. I used to get bullied in school for listening to Paramore and My Chemical Romance."

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    "Just through the music that I'm putting out right now and the representation that I can bring to the mix, I just hope that the Black girls who are listening to my music and listening to this album see that there's more of us out there," she continued.

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    "It's a real thing, you're not alone. You're not the only Black girl who wishes she could flip her hair to the side and wear black eyeliner, you know what I mean?"

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    Read the full interview here.

    Willow Smith performs onstage during the Environmental Media Association 2nd Annual Honors Benefit Gala at Private Residence on September 28, 2019 in Pacific Palisades, California
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