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Mel B shocked by white dominance in middle America filming new documentary

Mel B was shocked by how few Black people she met in Colorado. (BBC)
Mel B was shocked by how few Black people she met in Colorado. (BBC)

Mel B has said she was shocked by the predominantly white communities she was confronted with filming a new documentary in middle America.

The 47-year-old Spice Girl travelled to Colorado with comedian Ruby Wax and actor Emily Atack for new BBC miniseries Trailblazers: A Rocky Mountain Road Trip and said it changed her outlook on how hard it still is for minorities to be seen.

The former X Factor judge told MailOnline: "I think what shocked me most is that people of colour in Colorado, whether it be mixed or brown or some kind of mix of ethnicity, they kind of have it even harder...

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"I thought that there wasn't as much racism as there was, say, when my mum had me 47 years ago but it's still there."

Mel B, Ruby Wax and Emily Atack met two sisters who were lasso champions at an all-white school. (BBC)
Mel B, Ruby Wax and Emily Atack met two sisters who were lasso champions at an all-white school. (BBC)

The singer revealed they met two sisters who were lasso champions at an all-white school in a predominantly white rural area, who told her they had to "fight harder for their position."

Mel B said: "It’s kind of changed my outlook to always... I always find myself looking and I think that for me, number one, I'm never going to change that but, two, it also reminded me that it's getting more scarce.

"It's more hard, especially in Colorado, to find the pockets or the groups of people of colour and just to hear their stories and how well they've done was just brilliant.

Mel B, Ruby Wax and Emily Atack front the new documentary Trailblazers. (BBC)
Mel B, Ruby Wax and Emily Atack front the new documentary Trailblazers. (BBC)

"So, I don't know if that changed me or not, but it definitely made it a point to myself to always ask, 'So where are they then? Where are my people?'"

In the documentary, the Spice Girl, Wax and Atack, re-trace the footsteps of Yorkshire-born Victorian explorer, Isabella Bird.

After being prescribed ‘mountain air’ by doctors, Bird set off in 1873 and travelled alone through the American Wild West, riding 800 miles on horseback through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, where she befriended outlaws and faced grizzly bears.

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A 2020 census found Colorado has a 61.6 per cent Caucasian population.

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