And is it rude to wear my shades?
Literally: Is it rude to leave my sunglasses on?
Figuratively: Is it rude to be who I am, all the aspects (shades) of me out? Is it okay to show my true colors?
The U in “Q.U.E.E.N.” is a reference to the UNTOUCHABLES caste in Indian culture that separates the people based on the shade of their skin. Darker complexions are relegated to the poorer parts of society. Janelle is also asking us if it’s all right for her to be black (and proud) in today’s society.
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