These days, the question is . . .  is it the lighting or perhaps some folks have used some type of skin lightening creams or maybe it’s a tan.  Who knows!!!   Maybe we should just lighten up a little on this subject.  These folks are grown.

1. Latoya Jackson

Members of the Jackson family are no strangers to cosmetic surgery. Latoya Jackson has been rumored to lighten her skin. But let’s not judge her. Maybe she has vitiligo like her brother, Michael, had.(Photo: PR Photos)

2. Lil’ Kim

Lil’ Kim has become but a shadow of her former self. She’s had it all done, skin lightening, nose job, chin and butt implants. (Photo: PR Photos)

3. Nicki Minaj

Although she’s embraced being a chameleon of sorts with the bright pink hair and outrageous costumes, Nicki Minaj sometimes appears lighter in photos and ads. Is she purposely lightening her skin to play into her role as a crossover musician? We can only wonder. (Photo: PR Photos)

4. Halle Berry

Halle Berry has come under fire for appearing lighter on magazine covers. Is it skin creams, Photoshop or the photo shoot lighting? (Photo: PR Photos)

5. Little Richard

Good Golly Miss Molly, Little Richard looks much lighter today than he did back in the day. We still love him! (Photo: AP)

6. Sammy Sosa

Baseball player Sammy Sosa came under fire for using skin bleaching cream back in 2009 and he had no shame in admitting it. “It’s a cream that I have, that I use to soften [my skin], but has bleached me some. I’m not a racist, I live my life happily,” said Sosa. (Photo: PR Photos)

7. Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce Knowles faced controversy back in 2009 when she appeared lighter in a photo to promote her album. Beauty experts attributed her appearance to lighting used in the studio. (Photo: PR Photos)

8. Tamar Braxton

Tamar Braxton has been rumored to lighten her skin but in a December interview, husband Vince revealed Tamar has vitiligo. “I just want to know what time do I have to do that,” Tamar told Bossip. (Photo: PR Photos)

9. Lark Voorhies

“Saved By the Bell” star Lark Voorhies hasn’t addressed rumors of her skin’s change in hue. (Photo: PR Photos)

10. Vybz Kartel

Jamaican dancehall artist Vybz Kartel sees nothing wrong with lightening his skin and has even gone so far as to launch his own “skin-brightening” men’s cosmetics line. ‘When black women stop straightening their hair and wearing wigs and weaves, when white women stop getting lip and butt injections and implants … then I’ll stop using the ‘cake soap’ and we’ll all live naturally ever after,” he said. (Photo: Tumblr)