Franchell "Frenchie" Davis sparked debate on social media with a Facebook post calling out our obsession with colorism.
"Ya'll would never exalt and celebrate black women with dark skin and wide noses for being loud and opinionated and obnoxious, as needed," she wrote. "Not the way y'all exalt the Angela Rye's and Amanda Seales' of the world."
"They get to be loud and outspoken and angry without being called bitter. And in these present times, I need the actual black women of lighter hue, who are beneficiaries of this f**k sh*t to do a better job at speaking out on and actively combatting it because I'm side eyeing everybody now."
Frenchie, 41, is best known as a popular contestant on the singing competition show American Idol in 2003.
She went on to perform in Rent on Broadway for 4 years and she was a contestant on the first season of The Voice.